Make Your Own : J.Crew Geometric Print Dress

Tuesday, July 9, 2013



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This Make Your Own idea is completely inspired by the lovely Beth from Lula Louise. She has a great feature called How to DIY that I just love and I thought I'd try out as well.

This dress I actually will most likely end up making down the road, it just won't be for a few more weeks because I want to finish some other dresses first. And since everything takes me forever and a day to make, basically in about 10 years I will be making this dress. ha no but it probably won't be until August, STILL I couldn't wait because I'm dying over this fabric and this lovely dress.


So What are you guys making right now? 

Non-sewists I still want you to answer. :) What was the last thing you made in any shape or form? Can be food, photography, a school project, money (as in at work), anything. Yes I know some people think these question prompts are kind of lame but I sincerely love hearing the answers! ha so you should just do it anyways. 

67 comments:

  1. I just made a scalloped skirt! and I am making a maxi skirt. I am short but I figured I should give maxi skirts a chance :)

    maria

    sewnbymaria.blogspot.com

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    1. Maria we're on the same wavelength! I've been thinking about making a maxi too. You could totally pull it off, I actually think they look kind of cuter on short girls in my opinion. When you're tall they just elongate you and make you that much more gigantic looking. haha but they're so darn comfortable so ya I'll probably make one right along with you. What kind of fabric are you thinking about using?

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    2. Im going to use chiffon :) I actually already used chiffon. I already made it and i'll have it up on my bog next week. I used this super awesome tutorial http://melissaesplin.com/2013/01/sewing-chiffon-maxi-skirt/

      :)

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  2. What a neat DIY. I'm making two dresses at the moment and a set of undies to go along with it.

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    1. Ooo two dresses from you has definitely got me intrigued. I hope you'll post about them!

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  3. I'm making a Hollyburn skirt in POPPY FABRIC! So bright! Very excited! PS I love this idea! I am always trying to make things I see!

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    1. Cute!! That sounds so perfect for Summer too.

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  4. I just made a retro-style bikini for my sister using the Ginger pattern by OoohLulu! Thanks for sharing your inspirations-- I love your blog!

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    1. Girl this sounds right up my alley, I've been obsessed with vintage swimsuits lately! I want to make one so bad but I'm just, ah I don't know, I'm kind of lacking in the boobages to pull it off. haha I love the idea though, do you have a blog or anything? I'd love to see the finished result!

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  5. I am sewing up a dress from April Rhodes patterns. I can't wait to finish it!

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    1. Teresa it turned out so well! I'm in love with those butterfly sleeves and I really like how you paired it with a belt.

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  6. I've only just recently found Lula Louise too, and love those features. I'm nearly finished a Charlotte pencil skirt in an amazing floral graphic - I'm trying to get it finished ASAP as I'm keen to take it to NYC on my honeymoon in oh 4 days! Eek!

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    1. Ahh can I please be you? So incredibly jealous you're going to New York, have the funnest time! And congrats on your wedding in the first place by the way!!

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  7. Love the pairing, I have that fabric earmarked for a pair of pajamas but something is keeping me from cutting into it. It's SO soft I can't even believe it!

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    1. Pajamas! Jen you're a genius. This is perfect for pajamas, I may have to copy you on that idea if I have some left over. At least a pair of PJ shorts or something. I've actually been considering making a Scout out of it instead of a dress, I just can't make up my dang mind. Too many good ideas, it's driving me crazy!

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  8. Right now I'm making a shift dress for a party this afternoon from the vintage simplicity pattern 5421. I've heard that shift dresses keep you nice and cool in hot weather so I can't wait to finish this one.

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    1. Cute! How did it turn out? This makes me want to make a shift dress now, I hadn't thought about the hot weather thing but that's probably totally true. Especially short ones, and how did the party turn out? That's fun you wore something self-made to it. That always makes it more fun I think!

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  9. I just finished making my boyfriend a Colette Negroni shirt (it was supposed to be a birthday present - his birthday was in October, whoops!) and now I'm going to start on making myself a weekend bag, something I've been meaning to do for ages!

    I love the geometric pattern of that fabric - I'm on a self-imposed fabric shopping ban though, after having a bit of splurge this past weekend!

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    1. Oh girl I know how that is, I have to bookmark all my favorite fabrics to keep myself from buying them all. haha and k question for you, how did you like working with the Negroni pattern? I've been wanting to use that same pattern for an upcoming project but my experience with the Colette Violet blouse was less than stellar so I've been hesitant. Did you like how it turned out/would you recommend it?

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  10. I have this dress and love it- wish I could make things like you!

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    1. WHY DO YOU NOT WEAR IT!? Girl you need to wear this amazing dress! Or maybe you do- you just need to wear it on your blog more I guess. :)

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  11. How fun! Funny, though, I just bought this fabric! Hilarious! I'm not sure what to make with it. :)

    I'm working on the Closet Case Files bombshell swimsuit pattern right now, and just started in on the By Hand London Victoria Blazer sewalong.

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    1. No way!?? haha Sonja that's hilarious, hopefully Meg won't care that we both use it. What can we say though, great minds think alike I guess! :) I know I'm still super up in the air about what to make with it too honestly. Skirt, shirt, dress, so many options. And then Jen from Grainline Studio came up with the brilliant idea to make pajamas out of it. Gahh can't decide!

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  12. Oh how cool! I can't wait to see how it turns out, I love that print!
    I wish I could sew, but alas, I can't. I'm thinking of making a second (more subtle) floral crown though!

    Jessi
    http://haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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    1. Well if it makes you feel any better, I most definitely wish I could make floral crowns so we are one in the same! That's seriously so cool you can make your own though. I was looking them up on Etsy one day and jeez some are SO expensive so it's seriously awesome you can just make your own and customize it to your liking too. You're amazing Jessi, I hope you'll post about it once it's done!

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  13. Love all your creations! Wish my 21-yo daughter took to sewing the way you did.

    I have more ideas than I can handle (don't we all)
    -"antique" silver & charcoal brocade skirt with bottom band in reverse colors
    -black sateen skirt with scalloped hem
    -peplum blouse -- fabric is a multi-shade blue print silk twill

    I try to draft my own patterns -- taking baby steps. I draft full-body patterns so I can compensate for my asymmetric, imbalanced shape.
    Many ideas -- somewhat lacking in nerve and ambition.

    I was really inspired to see the blue brocade dress you made a few months back -- good job with trimming down the skirt. It's stunning on you!

    NinaLBoston

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    1. Nina thank you so much! Do you have a blog or anything? I'd love to see these once their done, so many great ideas! I'm particularly curious about this peplum blouse that you speak of- the fabric sounds gorgeous!

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  14. thanks for opening this up to non-sewers! I love this project. it's going to be so pretty when you finish.
    I DID sew a couple pillows for camping, out of old sweatshirts and such.
    and I plan to make beads out of flour (salt dough?).
    and a salad with roasted asparagus and avocado and chickpeas and raw corn.
    and I have been making post cards and sending them to friends.

    best of luck to your making adventures!

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    1. Fun! I love that you're making all different types of things too, not just sticking to one area. And thank you for answering the question, I am in LOVE with your blog so getting a comment from you was a definite treat. :)

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  15. Hi Haylee! I'm so flattered that you were inspired by my series. I love your picks! I'm working on a blouse and a dress and a pair of shorts as part of my Summer Sewing project. Now I just need to choose one to finish this weekend. :)

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    1. Beth thank you! I seriously love your series and your blog. And girl I totally know how that is, it's like if we could only make everything all at once right? :)

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  16. I am in the process of making a pair of jeans trousers (Butterick 5682) because I found about 10 yards of denim for $10 at a charity shop and I have a pair that's wearing out (and I LOVE jean trousers). So, the first ones were MEGA-MOM jeans with a super high waist and that's as far as I've gotten. I think I need to greatly reduce the depth of the crotch to make these work and feel like a good fit. I mean, they were REALLY unflattering.

    I also just started taking a drop-in upholstery class (in Alameda, CA, if any local readers are interested) and reupholstered my grandmother's mid-century chair and I had a BLAST! There was really only one small seam to sew, the rest was stapling and nailing but I got to use an industrial machine for the first time. BOY, was it FAST!!!

    In the non-sewing department... I made breakfast for my whole department yesterday (we do this every Wednesday and yesterday was my turn). Some people just bring bagels or cheeses and fruits. Not this girl. I brought: chicken and spinach enchiladas with fresh salsa and sour cream, potato, ham, cheese casserole (with ketchup!), French toast, with real maple syrup and honey, fruit salad, and carrot juice. Those co-workers of mine got spoiled yesterday!

    I am like you, I just love to make things.

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    1. I'm impressed you're making jeans at all! Seriously that is the one thing I will not touch, way too intimidated. haha so go you, and high-waisted jeans are supposed to be in anyways? :) I bet you could totally rock them.

      And man can I please work with you!?? Seriously your spinach and chicken enchiladas sound a-mazing

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  17. Hey Haylee! You're featured on my blog today ~ I hope you'll stop by to check out how your outfit inspired my manicure!

    http://akabailey.blogspot.ca/2013/07/turquoise-navy-nails-with-polka-dots.html

    xox
    Bailey
    http://akabailey.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks again for the feature Bailey! You have inspired me to paint my nails this weekend. haha nothing cool like yours are but at least paint them for once! Thanks again for using me as inspiration, meant a lot to me. :)

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  19. Hayleee! you gorgeous gorgeous girl!!!
    so glad you found me so i could find you :)
    can't wait to continue to get inspired by you! <3
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    1. Marsa thanks so much for stopping by! I am seriously in-lovvve with your blog, I can't believe I never found it before! I'm honestly so glad I met you now so I could be introduced to your amazingness.

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  20. Oh, I love the pattern on that fabric. Wish I could sew! But I am learning how to knit a little, and I've finished exactly 1 1/2 squared for my one-day patchwork knit quilt. Yay me!

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    1. Sarah that is awesome! I seriously envy those who know how to knit so bad, major jealousy over here. What's the quilt for, just for fun or is it for something special?

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  21. ohhh how i wish i had your sewing skillz. i'd love to see pricey pieces and then just make them on my own at home. hmmm what am i making recently? i like to take random photos of my day usually, so i'm constantly editing them and making them feel special :)

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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    1. Well I most definitely wish I was a better photographer so how about we just switch for a while? haha really though Marlen that's awesome, what a cool talent to have. And by the way I am so glad you commented on my blog so I could find yours! Most definitely will be following along from now on.

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  22. Wow, you sure are popular......and skilled! Yeah, we all wear big shirts with no pants. Wink wink! This dress is really pretty, and I love things that are knock offs! I'll eve making this soon!


    Sakura Yamamoto

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    1. haha thanks Sakura! I disagree with the popular part but hey I'll take it. :) haha and ps if you do end up making it please send a picture! I'd love to see it.

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  23. I love this question. Well, I'm a choreographer and I love to take photos, so I'm constantly creating visual things. I'm also a writer and creating stories is my passion.

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    1. Ok I soo envy you for your dancing abilities. That is a talent that I don't possess at all but I so wish I did. Especially ballet! Girl that is so cool, such a beautiful art.

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  24. I seriously think it is so amazingly awesome that you can just pick out patterns like the one above and make it!! I hope to someday make a dress! I'm excited to see how yours turns out :) The most recent thing I've made are more headwraps for my shop :)

    xo,
    Shio

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    1. You forgot to mention *cutest ever* head wraps for your shop. :) Especially your braided leather ones, want them all! Also I promise promise making a dress is harder than it sounds. You could totally do it!!

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  25. As of late, I am all over anything aztec. Such a fun trend I think. Can't wait to see what you come up with!
    Oh and the last thing I made was Top Ramen, loveeee college life (;

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    Mikaya

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    1. haha so true, wait so are you in school for the Summer or do you not start until Fall?

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  26. how cute are you?! i'm so glad that you signed up for the contest and commented because i have been stalking your archives and LOVE IT! ok, so what am i making? i've had so many things on my 'to do' craft list but haven't gotten around to it! but the last thing was polka dot pants and a wrap headband!
    http://lostintravelsblog.blogspot.kr/2013/06/diy-in-foreign-countries.html

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    1. K those jeans are amazing! Oh my gosh, I seriously just bought some like that and they were not cheap so I'm really impressed you were able to just make your own.

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  27. I just stumbled across your blog and i adore it! Ive been making a dress for almost 2 years and you have inspired me to hurry up and just finish it! Im always scared ill make a mistake! xx

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    1. You're definitely not alone, I'm always worried about making mistakes too and I make my fair share of them too just for the record! haha but thank you so much for the sweet comment Vicki! I'm so glad you left one because it led me to yours and um you're the cutest! I really love your style.

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  28. I LOVE this idea!! If only I could sew... because seriously. I can't. I'm envious of those (you) who have enough talent to understand these tutorials and make your own clothes! So awesome!

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    1. Thanks so much Courtney! You could totally do it too by the way, just takes getting the basics down and then you're seriously good to go!
      By the way, actually not by the way because this is totally off topic but I just have to tell you that you have the cutest little girl ever! I am in love with her name too. I just watched that video of her eating the veggie puff thing after you mentioned it on your blog and I was dying. haha funniest thing.

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  29. You should know, YOUR BLOG MAKES ME HAPPY.

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    1. Well YOU and your cute new life make me happy so I'm glad I can reciprocate a bit. :) Love getting blog updates from you cute girl, and happy birthday by the way!

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  30. I made a chevron canvas for my wall, which after four hours turned out pretty much perfect - but I hated how it looked in the spot I made it for!

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    1. Ahh I hate that, seems like something little always has to go wrong. That seriously happens everyt time so you're not alone, but k I just have to tell you that I am super jealous of you woman! Sydney AND New York? Girl you are living my dream. Seriously those are my two very favorites places in the world, well I've never been to Sydney actually but Perth is at least. So cool you actually get to LIVE there.

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  31. Wow - that is going to be gorgeous! Can't wait to see it! Like you I have so many projects backed up anything new I come up with is probably not going to get done for a good few weeks!
    Drafting some playsuit patterns at the moment and working on a 1930s style dress, oh and Colette Hawthorn which I LOVE! :)
    :)

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    1. Ami thanks so much! And I think I already told you this but your Mad Men inspired top seriously turned out SO cute. It inspired me to use French seams on my next project actually. That and your amazing French seam tutorial. So seriously thank YOU.

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  32. What a cute idea! I am currently making a chalkboard for our entry :) Love crafts to pass the time!

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  33. Alright, so my sewing skills extend to sewing on a button, and even that is dicey sometimes. BUT I have decided to up my game in the homemaking department, and since sewing isn't an option I've been making dinner's for JP! It's the best! Love your blog cute girl!!

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  34. Hahah that's so funny you think my husband looks like Chace Crawford, because I do too!!!! I seriously asked like my entire family and none of them thought that he looked like him, so I'm super excited that you agree with me. And yes! You should go to the drive in! It's so much fun! Annoyingly enough there was a group of drama students playing a really loud obnoxious game when we went though... Not the best. But yes, it's great fun. When I was following your link to your blog I saw that you live in Provo? Is that true? What school do you go to/do you go to a school? Lol. I wish I could see amazing things like the blue dress in the previous post.
    XOXO
    E
    http://nine-fortytwo.blogspot.com

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  35. that dress really is beautiful :)
    i've been painting a lot lately, it's something i havent done too much of since high school but i really want to get back into it.

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  36. I love you this skirt.
    http://www.eozy.com/dresses

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