On my recent trip to Joanne's, I found some pretty green fabric on sale big time. I didn't plan on doing anything with it, but when I got home I realized I had enough to make a dress. I didn't have a pattern for a dress just lying around, but I found this Shabby Apple beauty that I just loved.
So I thought, why not try to make it myself? I figured it shouldn't be that hard. I was wrong and right. It was challenging but I knew what I needed to do. I had a shirt pattern with darts, so I basically used that as my main guide. But, well I'm not sure how I got by without an actual dress pattern. Basically the completion of the dress took miracle and this wonderful book
I got this book a few years ago, for my college sewing class, but never looked at it once back then (probably the reason why I barely got by in that class), but I suddenly remembered that I had it and it was a life saver. I highly recommend this book to any seamstress from beginner to pro.
Here's how the dress turned out. Not quite like the Shabby Apple version, but I like my version just as much. However, next time I might use a different fabric (I used cotton) so that it doesn't wrinkle so easy.
The reason I called it "The Friendship Hill Dress", is because that's where we took pictures of it and I thought it fit perfectly in with the beauty of the spring at Friendship Hill (was the home of Albert Gallatin, the 4th United States Secretary of Treasury-don't worry, I didn't know who he was before I went there either)
Also, your totally going to laugh at this. I made it barely too short (for my standards that is). It's fine when I walk, but when I sit, it comes up to high on my thigh. It's not pictured here, but I recently just added a little ruffle at the bottom to make it longer (I'll post a picture of the new version as soon as I wear it again)
We also encountered the Fire Swamp while there; after testing the vines, I was about to jump into the sand pit, but then I chickened out. We'll save the quick sand diving for Wesley and Buttercup.
Oh and I was still able to carry the little one while wearing the dress. Double bonus points.