Sewn : Daisy Shift Dress

Monday, July 28, 2014




I originally made this dress with a drop-waist but then it looked kind of funny with the loose fit and stiffer fabric so I raised the waistline up. I was sad because I really wanted to make one but it just didn't work for this one. Now it's a tad too short for my liking but oh well.



I absolutely love the fabric though. I got it from Etsy. The only thing that would have been even sweeter would have been if it were made of something other than cotton. I'm not a huge fan of cotton.. it just doesn't hang well or something, do you know what I mean? It's just too stiff for a good drape or something. I don't know, maybe that's just me.. I'm going to shut up now because I feel like I am giving way too many unsolicited opinions in this post. haha
The pattern is Simplicity 9596. I added sleeves (cap sleeve sloper) and added a lining to the bodice (used same bodice pieces, just left out the facing).

I'm always a fan of patterns with no zippers, so I was pumped about the button-down front. You can't even see the buttons in this pic but oh well. They're fabric-covered!

Overall I'm really happy with the dress. It definitely had an ugly stage where I just wanted to throw it out the window. haha but raising the waistline helped.


Well that's all I've got. Hope you are having a really great Summer! What have you been doing/making/watching/creating/enjoying? I feel like that question sounds really ingenuine just thrown in there at the end but I really do sincerely want to know! 
What has been your favorite part of Summer so far?

Pattern: Simplicity 9596
Fabric: Daisy print from Pumpkin Truck (Etsy)

26 comments:

  1. I know what you mean with the whole cotton issue, but once used for a while it softens a lot. Maybe you could speed things (I.e the wear-factor) by washing and throwing it in the dryer? Gentle cycle.

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    1. Duh! Why haven't I thought of this before? I always thought people pre-washed just because of shrinking alone but that totally makes sense to soften the fabric. Ya there's my problem right there, ha thank you! I can't believe I hadn't thought about that before.

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  2. Yay, it's so nice to see a post from you! This is so cute on you! I really like it! Do you have any leftover fabric? You could add a hem band if you want a little additional length! But it looks really sweet on you.

    I really like cotton because it's so easy to launder. But I machine wash and dry it, so that might make it softer (I just don't have time to baby every single garment I make, so only things like silk get hand washed).

    Let's see, the best part of my summer was my big trip to Iceland and Sweden! It's so refreshing to go somewhere far away and see the ways that other people live. It really makes you appreciate differences and it's energizing just to get away from the grind for a while and do something really different from your routine. :) Hope you're having a nice summer!

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    1. Thanks so much Sonja! I do have some extra fabric but I don't know if it's enough to make a hem band. I'm going to go check though, that's a really good idea. Man this is why I love sewing, I get so many ideas I hadn't thought about before.

      I'm so jealous of your travels! Especially Sweden, that's some place I've always wanted to visit. Actually I've heard living there is pretty great even, I've heard they treat their people really good in terms of taking care of them and everything. I actually just read a book (Catch Me if You Can, about the same guy as the movie was about with Leo DeCaprio) and he was saying how much he enjoyed the prisons in Sweden because they essentially were like condos with room service and everything. ha! Let's hope prison isn't on my radar ever but still it's nice to know they are human rights aware. :) I've heard you get like a year off for maternity leave too! Man we should all move to Sweden.

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  3. Super cute! I miss your regular posting. I kind of agree with your opinions on cotton. I mean, it's pretty much everywhere and fairly cheap, so that's nice, but it doesn't hang super well and I sometimes feel like my garments look more homemade when they are made out of cotton. I like experimenting with different kinds of fabrics. A lot of times I check walmart for cheap non-cotton fabrics haha and sometimes I find good stuff!

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    1. Thanks so much Kailee! That makes me feel really good, it's nice to feel missed so really thank you. That meant a lot to me.
      Exactly! That is exactly what I'm talking about with cotton. On one hand I love it because it's so simple to sew with but on the other hand it just definitely has a homemade appearance sometimes.
      Good to know about Walmart though. I'll have to check them out next time I go, thanks for the tip Kailee!

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  4. Yay so excited to see you posting! Such a cute dress girlie!

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    1. Thanks so much Shira! That means a lot thank you. :) Hope you're doing well cute girl!

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  5. such an adorable dress! you should totally sell your stuff, i would definitely buy it :)
    -k
    www.kerryjune.com

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    1. Seriously? Ah Thanks Kerry that means a lot, thank you!

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  7. Oh, fabric covered buttons!? I love it. Really cute dress. I love your sense of style. I think you have a better handle on how to dress yourself than I ever will!

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    1. Thanks so much Michelle! That means a lot to me. I disagree with that last part though, what are you even talking about you're adorable! That bridesmaid dress you made is stunning, both the dress itself and you in it. AND I'm so envious that you know how to knit. So so envious. I was about to say I would give an arm and a leg to learn but that's probably not the smartest thing I could be saying since I'm running low on limbs in the first place. hahaha but I would seriously SO love to learn. I'm glad you commented on my blog so I could find yours, I love finding like-minded seamstresses and especially when they have a cute style like yourself.

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  8. This dress is lovely! And you're right, that's a gorgeous fabric <3

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    1. Thanks Valerie! I'm on a daisy fabric kick right now so I didn't know if that was the reason I loved this fabric so much so good I'm glad to know at least someone else agrees with me too. :)

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  9. Oh, girl! I know what you mean about cotton, but really, this is adorable! It seems like the cotton makes the skirt stand out the perfect amount =D So cute!

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    1. Thank you! Good that makes me feel a lot better because the skirt is the part I was feeling most self-conscious about. So thank you, really that eases my worries. :) Thanks girl!

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  10. cute dress and I like everyone's comments on it. I think you could add a band at the bottom!!! Give my regards to your photographer...she is great. Ha

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    1. haha true that! She is the best of the best, really though what am I going to without you when I move away and have no one to take my sewing pictures??? haha I'm only half kidding really.. you are the only one I think I could find who would put up with my annoying requests and long drives to find places to photograph. ha you're the best mom! I don't tell you that enough.

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  11. I'm so happy I found your blog again! I stpoped paying attention when I quit blogging, although I did check back at some point... any ways, my grandparents got me a sewing machine so now I'm taking sewing even more seriously... and I can't wait to have something decent-looking to link you back to. =] Glad to see you're still doing well!

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    1. I totalllly know how that is, story of my life the past few months. It's sad because I love keeping up with everyone's blog but at the same time it's just so easy to spend way too much time doing it. How exciting about the sewing machine though! What kind did you get? I'd love to hear about what you're making or wanting to make. Let me know if you ever need any help or anything! Or at least help that I can give you through a computer screen. :) haha

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    2. Thank you! It's a Brother... I believe JX 2517? Nice and simple! At the moment I'm on a baby clothes kick... hoping to whip up a fleece winter romper over the weekend but we'll see! I'm sure I'll be asking you for help all the time! =]

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  12. So cute! You are really talented! I wish I could sew like that.

    Tamara
    www.trulytamara.com

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  13. I think your dress is this beautiful flower.
    http://www.eozy.com/dresses

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