Friday, February 14, 2014

Make a Garment a month : 2nd for February

Inspiration: Little White Dress contest on Pattern Review, and RTW Fasters. I just got back from Hawaii and a little white dress is just what I need.
Earlier this month I made a wonderful beaded dress using McCalls 6699, more fitted than what I wanted for my LWD, but with a few changes it worked out just fine.
I found a beautiful embroidered cotton material at Joann's on sale.
I did didn't quite follow the laundry instruction. I put it in the dryer, cause I know I'll forget to line dry and throw it in the dryer and that's the kind of dress I want.

The changes I made to the pattern are: I gathered the bodice and skirt instead of using the darts, I also added about 4 inches to the side front of the skirt and 2 inches to both back sides. I also flared out the bottom of the skirt. Added lined the skirt.
One of the things I like best about this pattern is the pockets.
I loved the cut work/eyelet on the bottom of my inspiration dresses, with the embroidery on my material I thought I could cut the edge of my dress around that embroidery. I did a couple tests and found the the stitching was very secure for cutting. However the stitching didn't connect everywhere. So I found some white embroidery thread and did a chain stitch between the flowers.
I also used Fray check all along the embroidery where I cut it out. When it dried you can't see it.
Bottom/hem of skirt
Plain dress
Daytime accessories.

Nighttime accessories.


  1. It makes me think of flower fairies (in a good way). :-D

  2. Wow that is really nice! Love the way you did the hem

  3. What a nice LWD, I was planning on sewing a white shirt in a boucle but the fabric was not cooperating, it was too loose of a weave. I realized it wants to become something else. I love the embroidery detail and it looks fantastic with the hat and sandels ready for Hawaii.

  4. I commented earlier and my laptop was signed in as my daughter instead of myself..oops.
    Your white dress is nice. We should plan a Seattle Sewing meetup sometime.

  5. So pretty.. Looks nice on you.. What a great price on the fabric. Happy sewing.

  6. This is a cute dress. I love the way you cut the embroidery for the hem.

  7. Lovely dress and I really like that hem. It looks great on you too!

  8. Lovely dress and I like the hemline.

  9. What a very pretty little dress - great work on the hemline, it really makes the garment. Good luck with the LWD contest :)

  10. How lovely! I have this fabric in my stash. I never would have thought to cut around the embroidery.

  11. So pretty! What a great idea to cut around the flowers at the hemline and the chain stitch was a great save.

  12. Lovely dress and great idea of how to use the flowers at the hemline!