The “More Dresses, Please!” Dress

Name & Location: Dixie from Austin, TX

Blog: Dixie DIY

How long have you been sewing: Since high school but I only began seriously sewing clothes in the past 3 years or so when I stopped being stubborn and started to follow the pattern directions.

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: Maybe it sounds weird but I really like guidelines and deadlines. Maybe I work well under pressure? Maybe I just get a kick from finishing something on time and meeting a creative challenge.

What do you love most about sewing garments: Wearing them. I love the sense of accomplishment but more and more I really like learning new techniques, too.

What do you hate most about sewing garments: The finishing touches – because by the time I’m at the point where I’m hemming sleeves and inserting zippers and attaching binding I’ve already been working for so long that I just want the darn thing to be finished already!

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: My big sewing goal this year in general is to sew clothes that I need and will get worn. I hate seeing something pretty sit in my closet because I have no place to wear it. So whatever weekly challenge is offered I hope to add some of my own requirements – mainly, make a piece of clothing that is both creative and practical. Putting even more rules to the challenges make seem restrictive but I think it will actually force me to think more outside the box.

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: Learn to go with the flow and not stress out so much!

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: There are so many I love LizaJane‘s relaxed sense of style. Miss P is a refashioning queen. Montanachic is stylish and a great seamstress. And Lladybird is just plain adorable, I love her retro cool vibe.

The Facts
Fabric: White Eyelet and a floral voile, underlined with white batiste
Pattern: Colette Macaron
Year: Current
Notions: Invisible zip and some thread
Time to complete: about 7 hrs
First worn: October 2011
Wear again? Absolutely!
Total price: About $40. More than I’d usually spend but I made this dress partly as a sample for a local fabric store that I work for part time so I used their fabric which costs a little on the high side

I call this the “More Dresses, Please!” Dress because last year I realized I had very few dresses and hardly any that were nice enough to wear to a wedding or a daytime party, etc. I tend to make tops because they’re quick and easy. So I made this dress and it’s inspired me to sew more. I love this dress! It makes me feel pretty yet it’s no fuss and easy to wear. Why didn’t I make more dresses sooner!?

Author

Dixie

Dixie is a crafter and creator at heart and recently sewing has really won her over. She loves the challenge of making patterns and sharing her skills and projects with other stitchers. Her goal this year is to create a more wearable and useful wardrobe that is still fun and stylish. Dixie lives in Austin, TX with her boyfriend and her neurotic cat, Peanut.

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  1. Gorgeous dress! I love the patterned fabric that you used. I really want to make another macaron this year.