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First dress of spring

Finally, a new POST! I’m sure my 5 followers have been on edge… .

New dress, fully lined, cotton, super duper springy. Made from an Amy Butler cotton (dark). Pattern: Butterick 5319

Last Minute Entries: Dress Designs for Shabby Apple Dresses

Nothing like waiting until the last minute, huh? I sat on these designs for awhile, debating if I wanted to submit them or not. Today, I decided to just go for it. Here are three dress designs for Shabby Apple Dresses.

*Rasberry Punch*

The silhouette: A simple sheath dress with a leather cinch belt. A delicate petal sleeve is perfect for showing off those “guns.”

The fabrics: For the main dress, a stretch poplin. Sleeve, matching chiffon.

The inspiration: I simply love a special sleeve. And a cinch belt. So, there you go. A simple dress that would showcase both.


The silhouette: A swing dress with ties and in-seam pockets.

The fabrics: Bamboo jersey

The inspiration: Flipping through a copy of Everyday Fashions of the Thirties as Pictured in Sears Catalogs, I came across a lovely shirt that had these little ties. Make it longer, perfect dress for play.


The silhouette: Kimono sleeve. Slightly gathered bodice. Box-pleated skirt.

The fabric: Poplin

The inspiration: I wish I could take credit, but I have to give credit where credit is due. flosshea over at Burdastyle posted this dress and I fell.This is my take.

Things I could be doing:

  1. Hemming my Anne Frank shirt
  2. Cutting out the various garments I plan to make next
  3. Finishing that oh so complicated yet lovely green and silver skirt I started months ago
  4. Reading a book
  5. Crocheting BeaJae’s blanket
  6. Something generally productive

Instead, I’m sitting in bed, stumbling, because I have no desire to move… . but man, I really am bored.

The loss of a friend is like that of a limb; time may heal the
anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired.

Robert Southey (1774-1843)

Dream a Little Dream of Me: Dare to Design Dress Entry #2

Yup, that’s right. I’m submitting more than one design. This is my second dress design for Shabby Apple Dresses. I’m very excited about this one too. Yes, the sketch isn’t as detailed, but I didn’t think it needed to be. Simple enough to explain, especially with the visual aids! So, again, here we go:

Again, it’s sort of 60s retro with a full skirt and fitted bodice (which will probably be darted or princess seamed). What really got me going on this design was the purple fabric I found on the Mood website. I feel in love! Then, since I have a love affair with lace, I went on the hunt for something that would go with it. And I found this great aqua and purple lace on Fashion Fabric Club’s. Granted, I doubt I’ll ever be able to afford to make above design with above fabrics, but I’m sure I could find something similar that would work just as well.

To discuss a bit further, in case you can’t read my scrawl, there will be pockets in the side seam of the skirt (because who doesn’t like a good pocket?!) The scalloped edge of the lace or some lace trim would be used as an embellishment at the neckline. The lace would be sew with the teal georgette as if it were one piece (that way there’d be no shifting of the lace). I’m debating making the sleeves sans georgette, just lace, but that’s a design element that would have to be made later. And of course, invisible zipper. If not invisible, then lapped with false buttons (but that might get a bit busy).

So there you go, Entry #2 for Shabby Apple Dresses (which, btw, if you haven’t taken a gander at their stuff, you should. Gorgeous!)

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