Hot! The “Pretty Pickle” Introduction Dress

Blog:  The Pretty Pickle

How long have you been sewing:  I did home ec. in high school, but thought I’d never touch a sewing machine again.  Fortunately, I remembered enough to thread a needle and wind a bobbin years later when I had a toddler I wanted to sew ruffle pants for.  That was 3 years ago.  I started sewing for myself about a year ago.

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge:  I feel like my sewing was fairly haphazard last year as I was just embarking on sewing things for my own wardrobe.  I think these challenges may help in my quest to become a more thoughtful seamstress and they will also encourage me to document my hard work with quality photos, which I sometimes neglected in the past.

What do you love most about sewing garments:  I was a dancer in high school, got a degree in Dance Education in college, and taught ballroom dance professionally for two years, but I’m having to take a break from that right now in this season of building a family.  I badly need some form of creative expression and sewing has become that for me.

What do you hate most about sewing garments:  The fear of not having enough experience/knowledge to solve a fit issue that might cause my work to become a wadder.

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge:  I would like to sew thoughtfully.  I would like to use patterns and fabrics I already have if at all possible.  I would like to properly document my efforts in photos and reviews (which I have a hard time making myself do, but always regret not doing).

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012:  To be a better mom, especially in the grace-giving department.

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs:  I visit Green Apples, Patty the Snug Bug, Tilly and the Buttons, The Selfish Seamstress, The Coletterie, and others



Sara is a dance teacher by degree and at heart, but has currently set that aside while her husband completes his radiology residency and she raise their two little girls. Her interest in sewing began when she had her first little girl four years ago and she began sewing for herself just last year. Sewing is her creative outlet and is also becoming an academic endeavor as she attempt to educate herself further in this new pursuit.


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  1. The colors in that dress look great on you!

  2. Your dress is gorgeous!! And I love ballroom dancing! I’m a terrible dancer, so I like to live vicariously through you all. I’m at home with my children, too. So, I hear you on the creative outlet thing. Looking forward to reading more from you.

  3. I love this fabric, I got some of it last week as a Christmas present! How do you think the home dec works out for dresses? Do you like it?

  4. I have always loved that Amy Butler print. It makes a handsome dress. Nice to meet you, Sara.

  5. Sara, It was definitely a risk using the home dec. weight, but for this dress, it worked. It’s kinda like a sheath, so not much drape needed. The gathered bits are not extremely gathered and only in a couple small places, but I would be wary of trying to gather up this thick fabric much more than it is in this pattern.

  6. This is a really beautiful dress! I agree, the colours suit you perfectly :)