Saturday, April 3, 2010

Gingham summer dress

I finished the dress today. Aside from the part where I didn't remember to take the time to match up the plaid at all, I'm quite pleased. I have a feeling it will get a lot of wear in the hot summer months.

gingham dress

So, I used the Built By Wendy Dresses book for this. In case you aren't familiar with the book, here's the general idea: You get three basic patterns (a shift dress, a sheath dress, and a dirndl dress) and then a whole bunch of ideas and instructions for ways to change those basic patterns up to make exactly the dress you have in mind. Pretty darn cool. My dress is based on the shift dress pattern (which I picked because I didn't want to make a trip to JoAnn's to buy the zipper that a more fitted dress would have required).

gingham dress

The V-neck ended up a bit deeper than I care for and a little wonky in places, but it works as long as I put a layer underneath. Next time I'd definitely try something a bit more modest.

gingham dress

And gingham...I love gingham. I think it is so freakin' cute. But it (or at least the version at the JoAnn's nearby) is a big pain to work with. It gets stretched out of shape so easily and it unravels like a son of a gun. Plus it is super-thin, so it requires a full lining.

Totally unrelated side note: How cool is this?


annette said...

Cute dress! I love gingham too, it is so versatile and combines so well with so many different prints and colors. The Indie Food & Craft Party hosted in homes is a very cool idea, almost like those out of control Tupperware parties of the past.

Dorie said...

Oh man, there is nothing wrong with a gingham dress. Cute!

Sarah said...

Thanks for the kind words, ladies!

Annette: I hadn't made the Tupperware-parties connection, but it is a bit like that, isn't it? Makes me chuckle.

Nettie said...

Firstly, the dress is the cutest!
Secondly, thanks for that link!
What a great idea, especially here in NYC where the street fair booth fees are becoming ridiculous!