Hearts Away Dress
Fabric: 2.5 yards of Cotton Gingham & 1.5 yards of Red Cotton Lawn
Pattern: Simplicity 1655 for the Bolero and Simplicity 3016 for the Dress & Cummerbund
Notions: 1 regular zipper and cord for piping
Time to Complete: 15 hrs (I’m slow and I did lots of hand-stitching)
First Worn: February 2012
Wear Again: Yup, this summer dress will be worn next week while I’m vacationing in Florida!
Total Price: $25-ish
So far, I think I spent the most time planning out my Valentine’s Day dress than any other theme this year which is surprising. It’s surprising to me since I have never been a huge fan of Valentine’s Day. No matter if I was single hangin’ with the gals or with if I was attached with a boyfriend, the holiday always seemed to be just an excuse to spend money. (Very Bah, Humbug of me, no?!)
But this year, while I was planning for the Sew Weekly theme of Red, I began to get excited to participate in the holiday. Seriously, for the first time ever I’m excited to be all lovey with my husband, eat some sweets and exchange a little token of affection! I think I’m just going to blame it on the dress. :)
I had lots of fun and lots of help from fellow bloggers in order to create my Valentine’s Day dress. The first thing I knew I wanted to do for the Red-Valentine’s theme was to try my hand at a heart cut-out. Since I’ve never done a cut-out dress before, I took to the web and used a combination of tutorials, one from the amazing Vivat Veritas and the other from the fun & quirky gal at Cation Designs. Ms. Cation Designs actually created her tutorial (aka the Superman Dress) as part of the Do-Over Challenge from Sew Weekly this past November, to boot.
Secondly, I had a really hard time deciding what color scheme to use for my dress. I received lots of love and help as fellow bloggers pulled together to vote on my dress’ color scheme along with helping me decide if I should make a matching bolero/jacket or not. This is when another amazing blogger pal, Annabellebumps, came to my rescue with the bolero pattern from Simplicity 1655. She traced the pattern and shipped it snail mail to me in just enough time to make it up for part of my Red Challenge!
And lastly, my own supportive husband woke up hours earlier than normal to stand outside in 10 degree (ferinheight) weather in order to take these pictures to share my dress with you all. This was done pre-work and sans complains from the man. I feel so lucky!
All in all, I found that this one little dress enabled me to really feel the love from all of my fellow bloggers and just in time for Valentine’s Day. It wasn’t about the sweets and it wasn’t about the gifts. For me, it was how kind and supportive everyone in our online community really is and I love being apart of it!
Happy Valentine’s Day/Week everyone!