August 15, 2008

I'm too awesome for this dress.

I've recently learned how to sew. I'm not that great, but I'm getting better, thanks to my mother-out-law. With her help and a quick trip to Goodwill, I made this dress for Lorelai.

It was a man's dress shirt. The only material I bought was the coordinating material for the pleated part at the top and around the skirt.

I also ventured out and made some bloomers without a pattern. They turned out pretty decent. Wearable, at least!! That's a bonus!

And no, I didn't do button holes and buttons....that was the front of the man's shirt. Cool, huh? I used this pattern. For those of you wondering if I first put the straps on wrong, you're so funny.

But, I DID follow the original instructions and THIS is how the sleeves/straps turned out. Then I modified and came out with the final product. Star Trek much?

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22 comments:

Uma and Wil said...

Multi-talented! I wish I knew how to do that. You know, I would totally buy this creation if I saw it on etsy. Hey, something to look into for a second career?

Brenda said...

Oh, I am in awe!!!! That is the coolest thing ever. OK, my sister and I have to try this. I have to get her help b/c my mom aka The Master Sewer doesn't "do" non-pattern type sewing.

CJ, Laura, Madison and Morgan said...

this dress is so great! she was so cute wearing it on sunday. and good choice modifying the sleeves :). they got a giggle out of me! i'm totally going to raid cj's closet and see what i can find! i love the look on her face in the one where she's leaning against the chair-- it has jd all over it!

Sarah Rose said...

I love it! I have seen this idea somewhere else... but I think I like your sleeves MUCH better. Too cute! I would definitely love to try this out, too!

Fawn said...

I love me a crafty gal!

becs said...

AWESOME dress... love the new sleeves.

Tracye said...

That's really cute... I love your modification.

BTW, I read your other post about sewing.

Great stroller bag!

Erin Mitchler said...

Now get J.D. the matching shirt. That would be so adorable, especially since little girls match their mamas a lot but not their daddies!

Pennies In My Pocket said...

OK, my mom has taught me to sew so many times and I keep forgetting because I don't keep steady with it. I simply ADORE this dress!!! SOOO cute! i love the first photo...it looks like she's on the runway modeling her new dress!

~melody~

Anonymous said...

This is awesome! I'm so proud of you! Do you think if I found a 3XL tall shirt it would be big enough to make a dress for Ella? She would be so impressed. I think I'll try it, even if I have to improvise to get it big enough. I'll let you know how it turns out if I actually can find the time to make it.
-Andrea

swile67 said...

very creative! who would have thought it came from goodwill- i LOVE thrift stores! great job!

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

Too cute! You are very talented!

Joanne and Deric said...

Wow - a woman of many tallents... I still love the taggy you made Kailey. Even though she is over it now, I still find myself playing with it sometimes.

mdx3mom said...

Love the idea of re-using clothes. I usually make blankets out of old clothes.

When my oldest was small I mad her a prairie dress, I still have it (I have no idea why) just too cute to get rid of.

Way to go you crafty girl you.

Elizabeth said...

WOW. I am totally impressed! Maybe we can have a sewing day and you can walk me thru it????

i'm moved and getting settled but leaving for vaca in less than 2 wks and will be gone for 10 days! hopefully after that...i'll contact you! :-)

Kallie said...

I love it! It's so super cute...I'm so impressed!

Throwin' Fitz said...

Too cute! I love her pose in her new dress - can you say catwalk?!

Heather said...

How stinkin' cute is that?!?!? I so wish I knew how to sew. I don't even know how to sew a button on.

You should have seen the boxers I made in Home Ec. Oh My! One leg was a daisy duke and the other leg was a bermuda short.

Not to mention the elastic waist. I wish I still had them to show you a pic.

Anyway...I love the dress! Your straps are SO much better.

Anonymous said...

What a personality!!!!!!
The dress just sets it off!
Very cute.
Had fun working on it with you. Wish you lived closer!!!!!
Love ya,
Jo/Mom

****** Carissa Anne ****** said...

I'm sorry but, "Lorelai, Ms. Catwalk if ya nasty" In the voice of Janet Jackson of course. You'd swear she was actually "posing"! So cute!

Rebecca said...

Somehow your craftiness still amazes me... but by now I should expect something this cool from you. I will definitely be trying this out when I have a girl and emailing you for step by step directions, HA.

Toni said...

Get out!!! You rock! That is really cute!!! I can barely fix a button!