Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Dress for $3

My Pinterest board is full of desserts I'll never eat, crafts I'll never make, and a wardrobe I can only dream of having. Isn't that how Pinterest works? If you're not on Pinterest yet, what are you waiting for? I have four invites left if you need one. Just leave me a comment and I'll invite you! Full disclosure though: YOU WILL BE HOOKED.

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One of my first pins since becoming a member was this white dress above on the left. I adore anything with bows because I find them so feminine and I thought the low back was really unique. I came across a few more dresses similar to the first one, but I rarely found any link that showed the front of the dress or a link to purchase it. There is actually a link to buy the third hot pink dress, but I hated the hem and the design of the front. 

So I kept the pin for the longest time until I gained the confidence to make it myself. I actually bought two yards of fabric for $1.50 at Walmart on clearance and an invisible zipper, thinking that if I messed up terribly at least I only wasted $3. Fortunately, I am in love with the final product. 

I had trouble imagining the front of the dress without any pictures to guide me. I thought about doing either a scoop or sweetheart neckline, but I had concerns about getting everything to look symmetrical. I knew that I wanted to have something somewhat conservative since the back is fairly revealing. This is what I came up with.

I am a terrible model.

The bottom of the dress was made following this tutorial for a high-waisted skirt. I decided to trace the top of a dress that I knew fitted me nicely and just winged it from there. It took a lot of adjusting before I finally got it right.

I knew I wanted the straps to be adjustable so that I didn't have to be too worried about the fit. The bow was also cleverly placed above my zipper because I am terrible with installing invisible zippers.

Each strap is two yards in length and threaded through loops so that I can change up the design of the back if I ever wanted to. Best of all, everything is fully lined so I don't have to worry about figuring out what to do with bra straps.

A few friends have mentioned that I should start a business, but if I ever sold a custom dress I would have to charge an exorbitant amount simply because it took me so long to make. Being able to sew my own clothes has ruined shopping for me and I no longer want to buy anything. I suppose that is a good thing.


Mimi and CC Cabana said...

Wow, you've gotten so bold and fearless in your sewing, Min! That's awesome that you traced the top of another dress and combined it with a pattern for the bottom. Invisible zippers are super easy IF you have an invisible zipper foot (you can get a cheap plastic one at Joann for a few dollars, if it will fit your machine) AND if you iron the zipper flat before installing it (flatten out the teeth where they "curl" in). Then, it's a breeze, almost easier than a regular zipper.

I refuse to do Pinterest--it's just too much for me!

caitlin said...

That dress is awesome! I agree with what Mimi said, I like how you see something you like and go for it!

PudgePuppy said...

Nice dress! Good job Min!