Sunday, October 16, 2011

A New Dress

We all made it back safely from Sedona, for those of you who knew we were gone. We go every year in October. The only special (and difficult) part of this year's trip was the fact that it was Clara's first time. I don't have all my pictures rounded up yet, so more on that later.

Brent and I decided to pack up early from Sedona so we could attend an old friend's wedding this weekend. It was a beautiful affair! The couple looked amazing and their harp player had some mad skills. I told Brent that I wanted a harp player at my next wedding. He said I could, since clearly he wouldn't be there... Twerp. Anyway, anyone who has had a child, or is close to someone who has, can sympathize with me on my current weight struggle. Nothing fits. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

Now, I didn't have time to make a dress from scratch, but I was lucky enough to have the extra five minutes at Target that led me to the perfect cotton dress on the clearance rack. I added a few flowers and voila! Awesome dress for fall (even though it was 99 degrees the day of the wedding...)

Here's how I did it:

First I cut circles out of paper and arranged them onto the dress until I was happy with the layout. This was my finished layout.

Each circle represents one flower and I needed five circles for each flower. I found this shirt on a clearance rack at Clothing Co. Mustard yellow is a perfect color for fall, so I snatched it up in the largest size they had.

I didn't take pictures of the next steps, unfortunately. I was rushing to get the dress finished before heading out to Sedona. Essentially, I traced five circles for each flower onto the shirt, cut them out, and arranged them onto the dress before using my free motion foot to sew them in place. I used this tutorial to add the flowers, so you can check out the steps I missed there.

It's not exactly the same as the tutorial, but I think it turned out perfect! And best of all, it fit! No need to go spend tons of money on clothes I won't be in for too much longer.

Ta da!


  1. I absolutely love it Danny :) You're so talented in so many ways.. Definitely miss being crafty, its been so hard with Colton.

  2. I bet! It's hard to find the time with Clara. No joke, I was cutting out circles for more than a week for this dress because I couldn't find the time to just sit down and do it. BTW, thanks for following! I love getting new followers!

  3. That turned out really cute! And I love your boots!! :)

  4. Super cute turn out :)) I Like it a lot :)) Found ya via somewhat simple and I'm officially following ya with smiles..Lovely blog u have here :)) I'm Marilyn via ..hope u can visit sometime :)) TY


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