Thursday, June 14, 2012

Just a Simple Dress

My sister and friends were planning a photo-shoot, and I really wanted an off-white dress to wear to it. I had the idea of what I wanted in mind, but really didn't think it would happen, because I couldn't get to the fabric store in time. But then I remembered I had this crinkled off white fabric in my stash, and decided that I'd make that work.

I didn't really use a pattern... just cut a big rectangle with a neck-hole and arm holes and gathered some frills for the neck, and put elastic in the waist. Pretty easy. :)

There's the elastic thread. I am soooo thrilled with this stuff right now for modern garments. It's so much nicer than making a casing with elastic! Plus it's comfy!

Anyway... that's my latest project. Working on a few more things now, and have a LOT more in my head. :) Will post a link to some more pictures of the above photo shoot when my sister posts them. 

Thanks for stopping by! :)

P.S. What do you think of the new blog header??


  1. Hi Tara!

    You are a source of inspiration to me! I mean, you just took some fabric, sewed it up and ta da, a gorgeous dress! AND without a pattern!!!

    Your new header is lovely!


  2. lovely dress. perfect new header!

  3. I love white dresses, especially with ruffles or frills! Very lovely. Also your header is much nicer then the old one.....Love it!

  4. Tara,

    I've been following your blog for awhile, but never left a comment before. :) I too love sewing, whether it be modern or historic garments.

    Your dress turned out so lovely! Now I'm inspired to take that light pink/coral crinkle fabric out and make a dress without a pattern! ;)

    I just discovered how easy and wonderful elastic thread is too. Fabulous-ness, indeed!

  5. Easy indeed? I'm sitting gawking at the computer screen. :) But it looks amazing! And the elastic thread -- where on earth did you find it? I exhausted myself looking over JoAnn Fabrics and Hobby Lobby and I've never once found anything remotely close to elastic thread. I suppose I will forever be making casing for elastic. **doomed***

    And I love the new header!

  6. Basically, I love this dress. If you wake up to find it gone, you know who the culprit will be.

    (also: I love this dress's designer. :)

  7. The new header is fabulous!!

    I can't believe you made this without a pattern . . . you make it sound way to easy. :) And, yes please enlighten us as to wear we can find elastic thread.

    BTW your hair looks so nice in these shots. :)

  8. Very pretty! I love the header!! =D

  9. I've been wanting to make a dress just like this! Yours has given me some ideas. You are so gorgeous!
    I LOVE the new header too! It is amazing!


  10. What an adorable dress! I love the ruched effect with the elastic thread, and your header is so charming. : )

    Happy sewing!


  11. Allison - Thank you so much! It's very encouraging to know that other people are inspired by my work!

    Hannah Elise - Thanks so much!

    Esther - Thank you! I must admit, I like this one better than the old one too! :) Love you!

    Brittany C - Thanks for commenting! It's nice to "meet" my followers! :) Pinky/Coraly fabric?? I love that shade of color!!

    Bethany Grace - I got the elastic thread at either Joann and Hancock. At Joann, it was in the thread section in a small spool, probably under "specialty thread". At Hancock, it was in the elastic section on a spool of 30 yds, and the brand was Dritz. I hope you can find it! It's pretty fun to work with!

    Laurelyn - :D I love you!

    Moriah - See the above comment back to Bethany Grace. Thanks you! I've been trying for a long time to get loose curls and it finally worked that day! :)

    Jenna K - Thanks!

    Lexie - Great minds think alike! Thanks so much!

    Katrina - Thank you!

  12. I have a dress just like that!!!

  13. Simple? Ah! You are too modest. :) you look stunning and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new header. Beautiful!

  14. Mackenzie Mangin - Really?!? Did you make it or buy it? :)

    RJ - Thank you so much, m'dear!

  15. Love this dress! It is very feminine and beautiful!

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  16. Thanks, Helen!



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