Friday, June 17, 2011

My Sewing Project This Week

I've seen this Spool 72 dress all over blogs lately

and since it is sold out there have been several tutorials to make your own version.

Maybe Matilda

And a kiddie version how cute!

I've been on a sewing kick for the past week and I knew making this dress would be a pretty painless project.

I have a fabric store in my attic and I really needed to use some of that fabric you know so I can buy some more. Perfect for this project was my yellow silkish fabric that I've been hoarding.

I was going to make a dress like the Maybe Matilda version but then I started to think of all the different shirts that would look cute with my skirt fabric and decided to make the skirt on the icandy handmade tutorial.

This skirt was so simple to make. The hardest part was getting the straight lines for cutting my length on the fabric. Since it was some sort of faux silk (?) I couldn't rip for a straight line. So I had to pull a fiber to get my cut line.

Modifications from the icandy handmade tutorial:

I used the whole width of the fabric and just put selvage to selvage to make the skirt. I also only have a 1/2" seam above the elastic and I didn't do the smocked stitch.

One thing I forgot to do was make pockets. SOOOOOO sad. But I did get a great tip from
Maybe Matilda, she made her sides straight not gathered. And since my hips aren't something I want to highlight did the same thing even though I used elastic. I just ungathered the fabric on the sides and did a small stitch 2" apart on the sides. On the next skirt (oh there will be more) I may go more like 4" apart on the sides.

I wasn't in the mood to make regular belt loop so I just made the thread kind. I braided 6 strands of thread for the loops. If I change my mind adding regular loops will be a quick fix.

I thought the selvage edges of the fabric were pretty, so I just left them raw on the belt.

I paid $1 a yard for the fabric and the tank was $3 at WalMart so $4 for a simple cute dress is a steal!!

Remix with my favorite Gap shirt, trying not to bust a smile at the Claire Belle. spoiler alert: I changed my belt out after this shot to a regular one.

Dear Sewing, I think I love you again. -V

Let me know if you make one, I would love to see it!


Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

This is so cute! What a great skirt. I've been so intimidated to try making clothes, but it's on my list. Maybe this is a good safe start.

Kat said...

Seriously cute stuff right there. Darn it! I need to learn how to sew! Happy weekend:)

Rachel said...

CUTE!!! I love it with the green tshirt..adorable.

rindercella @ neatheringourfest said...

it is outfits and ideas and inspiration like this that really make me wish i owned a sewing machine! it looks great vanessa - awesome job! :)


Love it! So cute


Love it! So cute

Bradley Robertson said...

So, so ,so CUTE!!! Great job!!! :)

Nikki said...

It's adorable. I love the color. I have the spool 72 one in green. The skirt is a little full so I've only wore it once, and the tank top part had a little hole in it but I didn't notice until my return date was past :(

Mich said...

this is so cute! I am thinking of investing in my first sewing machine and teach myself for my 30th bday....keep the sewing posts coming!

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