Stripey dress

Tweaked a shift dress pattern by using just the bodice part and giving it a waistband and a circle skirt. Added strips to the sides that are long enough to tie into a bow at the back. Is this a fun dress, work dress, or party dress? Hmmm..

Tutorial: Easy cowl / turtle neck knit dress

Remember my birthday dress? Here’s how it was constructed, without the pintucks. The pintucks are optional. Finish the collar last if you decide to add pintucks. Here is a dress without pintucks. The pintucks are useful for shaping the dress – fitting around the bust and loose from waist down, tighter on the back… Please…

Faux wraparound dress

While organizing my fabric stash, i stumbled upon 2 remnants from previous projects – the end of a skirt that i had chopped off to shorten a store-bought piece, and a skirt lining of a previous early project that hadn’t worked out. The skirt fabric is hardy yet stretchy and would make a great bodice.…

Firework dress

This is one of the pieces from the fabric.com 3lb knit box off of Amazon. It is so colorful that i didn’t know what to do with it for a while. Inspiration came one evening and this is what came out of it. The back is cross-back and somewhat bare. I changed the back a…

Maternity clothes attempt

My friend’s 4 months along and she has been so inundated with things and life that there been no time to shop for summer appropriate maternity clothing. So I thought this would be a great time to try making maternity clothing. I used my usual no-pattern patterns to make 2 outfits. 1. extra large front…

White doggy dress with gold trim

Here is Coco in her White dress with gold trim. This is very similar to the white and pink dress in that this also has a pleat in the back. It differs in that gold trim replaced binding and sleeves were added. The pleat is also accented with gold trim folded over on itself and…

White doggy summer dress with pink binding

It’s been a while since my last post but I got busy with my sewing machine again this past week. I’ve been shortening jeans and a blouse for a friend, making an impromptu orange dress for myself, and two new outfits for Coco. Using a lightweight and stretchy fabric, I cut out 2 sets of…

Multi length sleeveless dress

My friend Ella came by for a sewing session today and made a new top for herself by tracing out a shirt she had. She made some interesting changes: increased the length and gave it a subtle high low hem, lowered the neckline, left off the collar, made it sleeveless. I’ll share a pic if…

Xmas dress for Coco

Our little family of three will be decked out in matching outfits! 🙂 Again, no pattern was used, just added pieces as needed. Here are photos of Coco modeling her Xmas dress.

Tutorial: Peek-a-boo Xmas Dress

So I got really busy yesterday, started work on a project with a very Christmassy looking fabric. This was a birthday present and is called America The Beautiful, CRK-70295-3. It’s 100% cotton, not something I usually work with, or experiment on. I have found that knits are more forgiving for an experimenter who doesn’t follow…

Coco in her fancy lace dress

Tutorial: Dog lace fancy dress

Here’s Coco in her new fancy lace dress. It’s super easy to make and is a great way for using up scrap fabric. I bought black lace with elastic from hobby lobby years ago to lengthen a short black dress and had quite a bit left over. The red lace is left over from another…

Purple Velour Dress

I’ve not been doing much sewing for me and it’s been hard. Really hard. It’s like the sewing machine calls to me when i walk by. “Use me! Pick up some thread! Let’s sew!” Anyway, it totally broke down my resistance. So i present to you… my new purple velour dress. 🙂 This was material…

Dog ballerina dress

Coco in a pink/white striped ballerina dress with tulle underlining. Fastened on with velcro at the waist and end of straps. Fabric flower on waist band. What do you think? Made this on a whim without a pattern so Coco and I have matching dresses now. Check mine out. Tutorial coming soon!