Friday, May 20, 2011

First Attempt at Sewing = Success!!!


Thanks in advance to my friend Heather for inspiring me!  She is an awesome seamstress and crafter!  I love to talk all things craft, homemade and blog with her.  I keep telling her she needs to start a blog to share some of the incredible work she does!  You would be amazed by her talent!  I am.  My other inspiration is my Mother.  Growing up my Mom made a lot of my clothes and I loved it - even though we give her a hard time about the amount of double knit we wore as kids!  I really just blame it on the 70s!

For the past several months I have toyed with the idea of trying to sew a dress for my daughter.  I have seen numerous posts about the pillowcase dress and how easy it is.  My husband gave me a sewing machine a few years ago (after extensive hinting by me).  Up to this point I have sewed exactly 2 things - pillowcases for a couple of giant floor pillows in our living room and a pillowcase for the body pillow on my daughters bed.  So why not give a pillowcase dress a try - I mean, I have proven I can sew a pillow case!  Hee hee!

So I headed to JoAnn's and found this awesome floral fabric and picked up a great pink and green ribbon.

I pulled out that sewing machine that is collecting dust and set out on my journey.  On a side note, I think I need a name for my sewing machine.  I have big plans for lifelong friendship and my besties all have names.  I guess that will have to wait as I can't wait to share my dressmaking skills!

Here's the fabric!

I had archived a couple of patterns for pillowcase dresses and found that the guidelines provided by Sew Delightful was perfect because it helped me size it for my almost 6 year old.  Then this week over at The CSI Project Sarah from This Crazy, Blessed Life shared her version of a similar dress that included an elastic waist.  This was exactly what I was looking for as I was concerned that making a pillowcase dress for an older girl might look a bit big and bulky.

I have no sewing education, no really experience but a desire to give it a try.  Straight lines are great so I decided to just go for it.  At best I would be out $5 in materials.  Much to my delight, the project turned out wonderful.  My daughter loves it and so do I.  I can't wait to go back to the fabric store.  I have my eye on this awesome madras plaid and want to make another dress for my daughter and even attempt to make a pair of matching shorts for my son (although I will try with a cheaper piece of fabric first).  I found a great pattern for a simple pair of flat front shorts from Made.

Wish me luck!


  1. Lori, the dress is so cute. I would call your project a success!

  2. Great job on your first sewing project! Make sure you stop by Sew Woodsy tomorrow and link up this project!

  3. Wow! That's super cute! My sewing skills don't go much past pillows and curtains.


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