Monday, January 18, 2010

My first dress

When I saw this tutorial at My Mama Made It, I knew I had to try my hand--finally--at clothes making. I've been swooning over a grey-black-and yellow home decor print at JoAnn for months, but I never knew what to use it for. This tutorial was a dream come true!
I started with a plain grey t-shirt that had been hanging, unworn, in my closet since I got it last spring. I added a ruffle around the neckline and cut it at my natural waistline, just as instructed in the tutorial. Then it was time for the skirt part.
This is where I started making mistakes. And I made a lot.
Do you want to hear the stupidest one?
Ok. But don't laugh at me.
I measuring around my natural wasit and cut out the appropriate length of fabric, neglecting to realize that my natural waist is a good 6 inches narrower than my--to put it nicely--child-bearing hips.
So I added a strip of leftover fabric to make it wide enough.
Now, I thought I was smart enough to do an elastic waistband instead of a drawstring like on the tutorial. I didn't want a drawstring poking out, and the tutorial doesn't really explain where the drawstring is or what you do with it when you are wearing it--is it just a bow on your hip? Is it hidden somewhere?
But guess what? The elastic drawstring didn't work.
So when I put it on it was the most shapeless potato sack I have ever worn.
Luckily, the original grey t-shirt came with a matching scarf, and when I tied that around my waist, the dress actually looked ok. So just don't look too closely and don't make me untie my sash.


Mrs. Davis @ The Carolina Housewife said...

WOW, I am so impressed that you were able to make a dress!!!!! And, it looks great!!!!

PS- Can you promise me that when I have two kids, I'll look as good as you? :-)

Jen said...

good job, Kate. It's darling.

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Rachel said...

Kate that's adorable! Teach me!

Margaret said...

So cute! You are so talented!!

Rachel said...

It looks good Kate! Awesome job!

Laura said...

YOU are a genius!
Hi I'm Laura. I've been stalking your blog for a while now-LOVE it!!!!!

Here's mine-

Happy Sewing! Can't wait to see what you come up with next.

La TempĂȘte said...

Very cute!