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!


18 comments:

  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.

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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! =)

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  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

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

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  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 :)

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

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

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  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 :)

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  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.

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  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?

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  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!

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  12. Beautiful! I love your fabric choice!

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  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.

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

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  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! :)

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

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  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!

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  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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