Hot! The “Walk Away” Dress

Name & Location: Sam – from Australia.
Blog: All Thing’s Quilty… and Sewy
How long have you been sewing: Quilting = 7 years / Dressmaking = less than 2 years.
Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I love a challenge and a time frame! Seriously though, I anticipate it will provide me with a bit more structure to my sewing, plus some added challenges that I wouldn’t necessarily throw at myself.
What do you love most about sewing garments: The freedom it gives me to be creative. I get to choose which pattern I sew up, what fabric I use, and how it is all put together. I like that it provides me with an alternative to purchasing mass-produced, mainstream clothing from department stores. Sewing has also allowed me to meet (both in person and online) other sewers who inspire and encourage me.
What do you hate most about sewing garments: Getting the fit right. I admit this is still a struggle for me, and I aspire to improve this skill!
What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I would love to be challenged to sew more garments that aren’t dresses. Try some modern patterns, and also hopefully be challenged to use fabrics that I usually shy away from.
Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: Complete a triathlon this year.
What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: Elegant MusingsVintage GirlGertie’s Blog for Better SewingSewing Through the Motions

The Facts

Fabric: This pattern required over 4 yards of fabric. I used 100% cotton fabric, pink with black polka dots.
Pattern: Butterick 6015 (Vintage Pattern). My pattern was a 34 bust size and required no fitting adjustments.
Year: Made 2011.
Notions: Black binding, snaps and three little round black buttons.
Time to complete: Less than a day. The binding took as long to sew on as the two pattern pieces did!
First worn: May 2011
Wear again? Only a couple of times since. This dress is rather heavy due to the density of the cotton fabric and needs a lot of ironing. To be honest it is a super fun dress but a bit of a hassle to wear. Perhaps if I was to sew it up in a lighter weight fabric I might notice an improvement in the wear.
Total price: Under $20AUD (Fabric $4 per meter, Binding was about $2).



Samantha Kelly began her sewing adventure piecing together patchwork quilts at the age of twenty. In recent years the dressmaking bug has bitten her hard... and she hasn't looked back! Samantha Kelly has been blogging at "All Things Quilty ... and Sewy" since 2009 and has found the online sewing community to be full of inspiration and enthusiasm.


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  1. I made this same dress last summer. I loved wearing it, but I agree, it’s super heavy. Cute fabric choice

  2. A triathlon?! You are my hero, hands down. Go get ’em girlfriend! Dress is fabulous, by the way :)