Tuesday, March 22, 2011

To Sew a Vibrant Sundress & Color Brigade

Woohoo - it's 70 degrees outside AND it's Color Brigade Day (see Kileen of Cute and Little's awesome weekly blog feature here)!  What better way to revel in warm weather than a new dress project?  This dress uses McCall's M5654 View B and $1/yd fabric so this dress cost a whopping $2 to make!  The bold pattern of the fabric really drew me in and it has a little bit of a grosgrain ribbon feel with fine ribbings throughout that also allow it a bit of stretch.

The dress is originally intended to be flowy / tent-ish but I'd rather belt it for now and let it flow later on in the pregnancy.  How would you wear this?

Dress: Sundress DIY
Necklace: DIY Turquoise Chain
Belt: Old Navy
Shoes: Frye Joy Vintage Slide (buy here)

Warning!  Preggy bump up ahead :)  Also a closer up view of the DIY Turquoise Chain necklace.


Don't forget to enter my giveaway here for a chance to win one of my handmade pearl ribbon necklaces!  3 winners will be drawn on the evening of March 24th!


  1. wow, you're really starting to show!! you look so beautiful in this dress and i absolutely love the pattern!! and i think this dress will really be perfect all throughout your pregnancy! i love it.

    cute & little
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  2. Wow! What a bold print and it looks stunning on you! I would pair the dress with a short sweater or a cropped denim jacket. It looks so lovely on its own, I wouldn't want to cover it up! =)

  3. Too cute! I wish I was sew talented as you! Great pattern! I was looking for your baby bump. That's for the help! I look about six months pregnant right now, but it's just all of the Thai food and ice cream I've been eating :D

    Jen Hemming and Hawing Again

  4. You look beautiful in this dress. I love the bold print. You're starting to show :) The dress is perfect for you.

  5. I say keep belting for now and for later! As always, I'm in awe of your DIY projects. I don't know if I've mentioned it, but I'm going to really enjoy following you as you go through this pregnancy journey :)

  6. This print is gorgeous! The print is busy enough not to show any bump at this point. Really looked nice with the belt. :)

  7. This came out great! I need to start making myself more pieces too. I am now inspired to get to it! lol

  8. I always love your pick of prints for your DIY projects! I actually prefer this one over the Loft asymmetrical dress you reviewed in previous post. Oh and congrats on new baby on the way :)

  9. This dress doesn't look like it cost $2 only to make. Can't believe making your own clothes could be this inexpensive. I love the print - I like it belted.

  10. I never see cool fabrics like that at my local Jo-ann's! It always seems to be the same ones over and over =(. Do you ever purchase fabrics online?

  11. Love the print and fit of this dress!! I would prefer to wear it belted, but you are right that it will be so versatile later in your pregnancy!

  12. Beautiful! I love your fabric choice!

  13. Very pretty print on the dress, and I can't believe you make this stuff! I do love it belted for now, it both defines your tiny waist AND shows off the little bump. Of course, my favorite is the side shot. =) You're too gorgeous.

    WHOAAA WHOAAA... Just did a double take... ARE THOSE POCKETS? Love this THAT much more now.

  14. looks good! the dress is very pretty. love the neckline, color and print.
    i'm watching your baby bump grow!

  15. Kileen - Thank you - you are so sweet! I'm really hoping I can get away with pieces that will work for the pregnancy and afterwards :)

    Stylepint - Thank you so much for the kind words and the suggestions! Cover ups always work better for the office but I'd definitely leave it as it is on the weekends :)

    Jen HaHA - Trust me, that bump is not all baby! Ever since we found out I was pregnant, it's been an absolute free-for-all when it comes to eating :D

    Sydney - Aww, thank you doll!

    Cee - I don't know what I would do if I didn't have belts! They fix so many things! And thank you - I'm so glad that you're liking the preggy posts. I know you and many others are not in this stage of life so I was a little worried that no one would want to read about / look at my blog posts anymore.

    Hurricanekerrie - Thank you! I really liked that the print was good at camouflaging too :)

    the16thbar - Thank you! You should definitely make some pieces - I would love to see them!

    Olyvia - Thanks so much! I still love that LOFT print and am lusting after it but this is a nice distraction LOL :D

    Jarucha - Thank you! Yes - making your own can definitely be cheaper! It's mostly a time investment more than anything else :)

    Cat - Overall, I would agree with you about Joann's but every once in a while they have some winners! I purchased a few fabrics on Fabric.com once but was really only happy with half my order so I don't know that shopping online really works for me unfortunately. I need to be able to feel the material as well as look at it before really knowing it's right. I actually found this fabric at Walmart! They are having this 5 yards for $5 fabric roadshow and I picked up 2 bolts for preggy and non-preggy clothes.

    Laura - Thank you! I am all about the versatility :)

    Michelle - Thank you! I really fell in love with this print!

    Aubrey - Thank you for your super sweet words! Yay for pockets - it makes SUCH a difference! :D

    Ping - Thank you! I never notice how big my bump is until I look at these pictures - it goes so quickly! :)

  16. I love the dress when belted and your baby hump is so precious...so happy for you!

  17. I'm glad you mentioned the pattern number, as I just ordered it off eBay. Maternity clothes are NOT cute, so I decided to make my own this time around. Thanks for showcasing this dress!

  18. Annie - Aww, thanks so much!

    Mommy Moxie - Yes, maternity wear definitely leaves quite a bit to be desired! Good luck with your projects!


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