Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I made something!

Aahhh, I'm over here basking in the glow of remembering what it feels like to make something start-to-finish in one sitting.  My sewing room is almost done and I took some time out yesterday to whip up a cute summer dress.  My friend Jenny had a new pattern to try out and she asked me if I wouldn't mind.  Ummm...I wouldn't mind!  ;)

Bardot Dress via Seamingly Smitten

This is Jenny's Bardot Pattern.  It's a simple strapless sundress with an elastic Empire waist, cute ruffle detail along the top, and pockets!  I LOVE pockets in my dresses.  And they really are easy to add.  You can add them to just about anything with side seams, but I love that Jenny went ahead and included them in the pattern.


I decided to really get out of my comfort zone here and work with a medium-weight jersey knit.  I figured "Why not live a little and really try something new!"  I've NEVER made a knit dress before.  Sure, in 4-H I worked with knit samples to learn how they stretch and sew.  And I did make a knit skirt last summer, but this was a little more involved.


But, honestly, other than being a little more careful cutting it out and actually using pins instead of just going for it, this sew-up was a breeze.



I love Jenny's patterns for their simplicity--both in style and in directions.  She makes it easy, even for a beginning sewer, to make something cute and stylish.  If you have even thought about making something for yourself or your daughter this summer, I would recommend Jenny's patterns as a starting point.  My summer wardrobe is full of Jenny's dresses.  :)

Thank you, Jenny, for trusting me to try out your new patterns.  I'm ALWAYS happy with the results!

I'm going to add this dress to a few parties going on.  Make sure to click over and look at ALL of the amazing things people are doing this week.  Inspiration galore!

wednesday's wowzersI MADE THIS


8 comments:

  1. How cute! I love the fabric. I'll have to check out Jenny's patterns.

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  2. Very cute, Kelli! I love that fabric you used. And you know I have to ask...did you bust out the serger? I'll have to go take a look at her patterns!

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  3. It looks so great!!! The jersey looks so nice with that ruffle!

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  4. Darling on you! Good for you.

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  5. That is so gorgeous!! Great fabric choice :)

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  6. Great dresses there! With pockets too even better =D

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  7. Kelli, I LOVE your dress and way to go for trying a knit!! It looks awesome on you and you should definitely bask in the glow of accomplishment when you wear that! You look great! Thanks for pattern testing!!
    Jenny
    www.seaminglysmitten.blogspot.com

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  8. Very cute! Thanks for linking up at Grits & Giggles!

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