Hot! The “Engagement” Dress

Fabric: I don’t know. Still learning my fabrics! // Pattern: Ceylon by Colette Patterns // Year: 2011 // Notions: Just some simple black buttons :) // Time to complete: Off and on, about a week and a half // First worn: For my engagement shoot, September of 2011 // Wear again? Definitely! // Total price: Probably around $50 including the pattern!


Name & Location: Steffie from Louisville, KY

Blog: Just started a sewing blog at… my personal website is

How long have you been sewing:
 Off and on since I was about 13, but I have only gotten serious about it in the last year.

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge:
 I want to sew more this year, and I think being a part of this awesome sewing community will help encourage me to work at it more! It’s always more fun to have a public place to show off your creations :)

What do you love most about sewing garments:
 I love that I can create something that no one else owns. I also love looking at a dress in a fancy boutique and thinking “I could make that with a better fit for about a third of the price!”

What do you hate most about sewing garments:
 Seam ripping!! Ugh!

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge:
 I want to learn how to use my new (to me) serger! I’d also like to take a stab at pants and/or a coat this year.

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012:
 To re-design my personal website to better reflect my current style. It’s so out of date it drives me crazy! I also have a goal of reading 25 books this year.

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs:
Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing, Green Apples, Polka-Dot Overload (even though she’s been on hiatus for a little while), oonaballoona.. honestly I think I have about 50 in my google reader, so it’s hard to narrow it down!



Steffie Stitches

Steffie is a 20-something web designer living in Louisville, Kentucky. Inspired by her grandmother's insane sewing skills, she learned the art of needle and thread as a young child, then promptly forget everything as soon as she reached high school. She's slowly relearning how to sew, one garment at a time!


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  1. Darling dress – I love how colorful your engagement photos are!

  2. Love this dress – probably my favourite version of the Ceylon pattern I’ve seen!

  3. Adorable dress! Great pics!

  4. Love the color of your Ceylon and the photos are stunning! Makes me wanna sew one up too:)

  5. Seriously love this color! I just bought this pattern and can only hope mine comes out as fabulous as yours!

  6. Gorgeous colour and it looks great with that pattern.

  7. I’ve been umming and ahhing about that pattern for aaaages! You’ve done a really inspirational job with that beautiful dress, totes buying the pattern now!

    Really love the contrast of the buttons against the fabric too!

  8. The colour blocking in these photos is wonderful. I do like that dress. I think you will have no trouble with the ‘Buttons’ challenge.