Sunday, August 7, 2011

OMG I sewed something!!

Seriously, the last time I touched my machine was over two weeks ago.  Really, probably closer to three.  I don't know what to say, except I have one of the best tans of my entire life :)  This summer hasn't been about sewing.  I guess I'm okay with that.  But when I was in a grumpy mood all of Thursday, I said to myself as I went to bed on Thursday night that I would sew on Friday, come hell or high water.  I was going to sew.  And sure enough, I did just that.

I've had this idea for a mini-Maxi dress in my mind ever since Ruby tried one on at Justice a few weeks ago.  I hate the store Justice, and hope never to buy anything for my girls there.  But just for fun on one of our trips, I let them each try on an outfit.  Ruby tried on a leopard print maxi dress.  I hated the dress, but I'll admit, I LOVED the fit of that dress.  And that's when it occurred to me that I should make them Maxi dresses.  I started day dreaming, and the dress finally got finished on Friday!!

Here it is.  Keep in mind this is my rough draft/first version.  I might need to make it a bit more roomy next time around?  And for sure my rose has room for improvement.  Anyway, this version is mostly my pattern pieces for making the next one.  I hope I get to again, sooner than in three weeks!!


First step was making the top piece.  I decided in order to add an element of design intrest I'd make it a racer back style dress.  I had a few racer back tanks to use as rough pattern pieces, but I also got a lot of great info from Anna's tutorial over at Noodlehead's knit Monday series, where she showed how she recently made herself some racer back tank tops.



I just made the tank top in a cropped version, and then I added the next layer which was supposed to sort of be a high-waisted waist band.  And then I started into my layers.  



Each ruffle was 1.5 times the width of the layer it was being attached to.   


The final ruffle hem is left officially un-hemmed.  You've gotta love knit.  However, I thought I could get away without serging inside either, and I will say that after only one wear, the seam that hits at Ruby's knees was splitting.  Since it's a long dress, it's just too much pressure, right at that point where she does all of her kicking, bending, and skipping.  So it's back out to the sewing garage for some reinforcement.

I totally love how it looks on Ruby.  I love the racer back detail in the back.  I think it looks so sporty/cute.


I hate my knit rose.  I was totally rushing at that point since we needed to move on with our day.  If I had it to do over again, I'd slow down and just do a better job.  But I can't really take it off without making little holes in the top, so it's not worth it.  I'll just get over it.  I guess.

 
Because Ruby loves it and wore it all weekend long.  And Jane is waiting rather impatiently for hers!  Sewing on Friday accomplished exactly what I was hoping it would.  Not only did Ruby get a new, one-of-a-kind dress, but I got to experience the one-of-a-kind joy that comes with creating something from nothing!  Seriously, I'm going to sew again soon.  Promise.  Maybe.

9 comments:

Stephensens Rock said...

It's darling!

moxiemandie said...

so SO cute!!

Sarah said...

That dress looks fabulous and so comfy too. Great job on the design. Can't wait to see the next one.

Liz said...

OMG it's amazing!! I love it. It looks so comfy but so chic at the same time. I'd be impatient too if I were Jane.

About how much fabric did you use?

Annee said...

This one was made from a scrap piece, so I didn't really know how much I used. But I bought 1 1/2 yards at JoAnn's for the next one, and it looks like it will be more than enough.

Summer said...

Love it, Annee! I already copied you and made one for Finley and she loves it. Success! Thanks for the sharing.

Shan said...

Annee you are so amazing! I love the dress! Maybe if I sit next to you some of your talent will rub off on me... First I should learn how to turn my sewing machine on :)

Anna said...

oh goodness! it's totally cute and she looks amazing in it!

molly said...

I love it! I also love that 2.5 weeks seems like forever for you to not be sewing.

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