Audrey's New Dress.



I did it!  I sewed a dress!  I know all of you experienced seamstresses are rolling your eyes right now but to me, this is HUGE!  I've sewn in the past.  Curtains, pillows, aprons, blankets.  But never a real piece of clothing.  Never something someone would wear out of the house.

Miss Audrey has what you would call a "difficult body type" to dress.  It's nearly impossible to find clothes on the rack that fit + flatter her short and round physique.  I decided sewing a few basic summer dresses would be our best option and I knew Erin from Sutton Grace would have some great advice.  Erin suggested this Oliver + S pattern.  She said it would be a good beginner sewing project and she was right.  The pattern was easy to follow and even better, it was FREE!  Thanks, Erin!




Instead of using a trim fabric for the yoke and straps of the dress like the pattern suggested, I opted to make the entire dress from linen.  Once the dress was sewn I embellished it with an alternating color banner also made from linen (inspired by Susan's bunting pillow).




I'm really happy with the results.  The dress fits Audrey well and I learned a few things while making it.

#1 Never, EVER sew with a baby crawling around.  They are magnets to the foot pedal.
#2 A project that should take a couple of hours takes me a couple of days.  ( I over think.  and procrastinate.)
#3 There is something magical about creating something useful + pretty from a heap of fabric.  Magical, I tell you.

30 comments:

  1. Love the banner idea. Audrey looks so stinking cute in the pictures. I can't believe how much hair she has. Crazy!

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  2. oh, how i agree with you on the magic! it is rewarding, isn't it? and so worth all that toddler-peddaling and procrastination to reach that magic moment at the end!

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  3. You did an amazing job! She looks absolutely adorable! I love the banner idea & making the whole dress out of linen. So impressive & beautiful.

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  4. great job! i wish i had the guts to try and sew. i have a lovely sewing machine, that has only hemmed curtains and made throw pillows. i think it's lonely!

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  5. Love it! You did a fantastic job!

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  6. Totally adorable ♥

    I absolutely loathe sewing... hates it I say... I've been working on an advent calendar since December because I don't like working on it. Hopefully I'll finish it by THIS December.

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  7. You did a great job! To adorable!

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  8. it turned out perfect, i love the whole thing in linen.

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  9. awwww! it's the sweetest. i love that audrey mae and her gold sandals.
    +++
    i'm hoping that your new clothes sewing skills means you'll set your machine up next to mine for the summer.
    love, lindsay

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  10. Such cute results! I tend to take on sewing projects that are WAY over my head, and then I silently curse the entire way through it! My babies stay away from the foot pedal, but my 2 year old loves to run in and hit the reverse stitch button while I'm sewing. And she's so quick, I can never catch her in time! Lots of little backstitches on all of my projects!

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  11. Thanks for the link! My daughter has the same short-and-round shape; I'll have to try one! Yours looks wonderful.

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  12. congratulations!! i agree, that is HUGE! i am working on my first curtains now, and i have to walk away b/c i get overwhelmed! good for you :)

    ps - jammy pants are pretty straight-forward, too.

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  13. Congrats! It looks fantastic on sweet little Audrey.

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  14. That is so adorable. Yuu are inspiring me to give it a try too. Even though I now know how to thread my machine and do simple mending, I still have never made anything from a pattern.

    Oh, and I've not been a huge fan of gladiator sandals but Audrey is changing my mind. They looks soooo cute on her little feet.

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  15. That bunting pattern is killing me. And her little stance. LOVE.

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  16. i think the dress turned out adorable. the bunting was a great touch.

    i've had that pattern saved forever but you've inspired me to use it and make a dress for my little one.

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  17. It's adorable and so is the model!! :-) I love those chubby toes in the gold sandals. Yum!!

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  18. The dress is darling, and so are Audrey's sandals! Great job!

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  19. So, so cute!!! You did a great job, Danyelle. You SHOULD be proud!

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  20. Inspirational! I love linen. I might have to try my hand at that pattern...

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  21. Oh my goodness that dress is gorgeous. You did an awesome job, but then I didn’t expect anything else from you. You always give 100% and you have such a good taste.

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  22. What a darling little dress!! Im all about the linen and banners right now :)

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  23. Sweet little dress! You did such a great job!

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  24. Wow Danyelle! Audrey's dress looks awesome. You did so well. I really love the bunting applique-- so cute!!

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  25. You did a mighty fine job there little lady. I'm so impressed. That's not a beginner dress at all! Where did you get colored linen??? I can't find it anywhere! Oh I wished you lived by me, we could have such fun!

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