My Maxi Dress *Finished*


Garment Sewing Challenge: May 2012

Yay!!!  I can’t even tell you all how excited I am to show you my finished dress for the I Will Wear It In Public Challenge.  I’m sure some of you will remember me talking about it in other posts, if you want to catch up on the drama that was the challenge for me you can read about them here and here.  We’ll wait until your done………………

Everyone up to speed?  Good.  So you know that I had some difficulty with cutting my fabric the right way and with being motivated to finish after I messed up.  Last week in this post a had pretty much given up. Then I started getting your wonderful comments, cheering me on. After that how could I give up?  Seriously, next time I feel like I can’t accomplish something I think I’ll do a post about it. Y’all are great a great cheering squad.  Love you guys!

So, Wednesday night I sucked it up and got sewing.  I had to re-cut the entire dress and figure out ways to use the fabric I had cut wrong the first time.  And guess what…. it worked.  Once I got started I couldn’t stop,  I sewed until 2 am and finished it in one night.

So………, do ya wanna see?  Okay.

Here is the pattern I used.  I was going for look A the gray and white striped dress. And………….


As you can see I didn’t follow the pattern exactly.

I meant to take some photos of the making of the dress,  but I didn’t want to break the focus I had at the time.  So no in progress photos.

As for the challenge, the rules were:

  1. The theme of this challenge is to sew any garment that YOU will be proud enough to wear in public. 
  2. This is a sewing challenge so machine or hand sewing is a required element in your entry.
  3. You must make a new garment for this challenge.  
  4. Upcycling and refashioning of existing garments is acceptable and long as you follow the second guideline.
  5. Don’t confuse garments with accessories like hats, scarves, belts, etc.
  6. You must try something new when creating your garment.  That’s where the “challenge” part comes into play, right?  Maybe you’ve never used a pattern, or sewn with knits, or installed a zipper. 

I have never made a piece of clothing for myself.
I have only used a sewing pattern twice before.
I have never used interfacing, nor made anything out of knit fabric.
I feel like I definitely challenged my self.

Some things I learned:

  1. Interfacing is more important than I thought it was. However, you don’t need very much of it.  I have A LOT left over! 
  2. Make sure you check which way your fabric pattern is going BEFORE you cut.
  3. I sew best after my kids are asleep, and with the T.V. OFF.
  4. DON’T GIVE UP!!

 There are some things I would do different next time. I could take 20 minuets pointing out all the mistakes but I wont.One of the best things about this challenge (besides having a new dress that I LOVE) is what my husband said to me.
 He came home from work Wednesday night at about 10:30 p.m.  I was right in the middle making the bodice for the dress.
 He looked around at the mess of fabric, on the floor, and dinner dishes still in the sink and said,” You decided to try again, huh?”
“Yeah”, I said.
Then he gave me a huge hug and said, ” I’m really proud of you honey.” Yeah,…… he’s a keeper!

So, there it is my new dress and my submission for the I WILL Wear it in Public Challenge.  Don’t worry I’ll be begging for votes as soon as voting opens.  Lets take one more, look shall we?

Oh yeah, I chopped all my hair off about 3 months ago. 

Thanks for stoppin’ by and hangin’ out.

I will be linking up to these fantastic parties.

P.S. I would be forever grateful if you would be willing to vote for my dress.
It only takes a minute I promise!:)
Pick your top 3 entries!




  1. says

    Woohooo. Awesome, Kadie. I’m so happy you stuck with it and now I (finally) understand what you meant about cutting it out wrong,…the pattern wasn’t the right way. I get it now. I’m so happy for you, it turned out great and the little turquoise flower and the turquoise earrings are a fabulous touch. (and yes, that fellow of yours is definitely a keeper).

  2. says

    I already commented on facebook, but it bears saying again: you did an amazing job. Congratulations and way to stick with it! Glad your hubby was behind you. That helped immensely, I’m sure. I’ll gladly vote for you. :)

  3. says

    Yay!!! Well done, Kadie, on sticking with it!!! You should be very pleased with yourself, making a dress as your first piece of clothing. And look at all those firsts. Congrats on a fabulous looking dress!!!

  4. says

    Great job–your dress is awesome! Good for you for sticking with it. I’m still trying to complete my project before the deadline. I was about ready to give us yesterday. I has messed up my second pair of swimsuit bottoms. I cried for a minute, threw them in the trash then cut out pair #3. :)

  5. says

    Congrats on meeting your challenge and not giving up!!! The dress is super cute on you. I hope you’ll continue to sew for yourself. Hugs!

  6. says

    Wow, that totally trumps the pillowcase dresses. lol
    It’s really, really cute. Now that you’ve got it mastered, are you gonna make some more, or are you burning the pattern. :)
    I thought maybe your hair was just pulled back ’cause you didn’t look like how I picture you in my head from your other photo. It’s super cute and you look really pretty in the pics.
    Bravo on stickin ‘it out.

  7. says

    Wow your dress looks fabulous! I like that you made it with the skirt stripes going vertical, it looks much nicer than the pattern picture! :)

  8. says

    Way to go! I saw this in my reader earlier but couldn’t access any blogger blogs so I’ve been waiting all day to check it out…looks awesome! I can’t believe you picked stripes for your first garment, very challenging for a beginner sewer. Now the sky is the limit~

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