Hot! The “15/Love Mom” Dress

The "15/Love Mom" Dress

The Facts
Fabric: Rayon challis
Pattern: Self-drafted
Year: 2012
Notions: Bias tape
Time to complete: 2 hours

First worn: To my monthly book club meeting
Wear again? Yes

Total Price: $10

My mother is awesome. That’s all there is to it. She raised me to be strong, think smart, and shine my light as bright as I can. She’s coming to visit me in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait!

This ancient photo is from 1978, I think. I was 3 or 4 years old and my parents were a couple of years from parting ways. I don’t remember taking this family portrait, but I remember laughing hysterically at our collective hairdos whenever I looked at the picture. Though, I must say…my mother’s poodle fro is pretty fierce.

The Farleys in 1978

This week, I made another dresstangle (to accompany the feathered one I made for the VIP Fabric challenge) and added white trim to the neckline and armholes — inspired by the navy and white trimmed dress my mother’s wearing in the portrait.

The "15/Love Mom" Dress

The "15/Love Mom" Dress

The "15/Love Mom" Dress

Thanks for looking. And, Happy Mother’s Day to the Mom’s of the Sew Weekly Community!



Najah Carroll is a project manager by day and seamstress by night. Once it became clear that ready-to-wear was never gonna support her five feet of curves, she taught herself to sew and make pattern alterations. In January, she lost her mind by signing up for this 52-week garment sewing challenge.


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  1. Great “dresstangle” dress. It looks very comfortable and great for an outside sport such as tennis. Are there pockets for the balls? My tennis- crazy husband says that’s a must. Glad you will be spending some quality time with your mom. Have fun!

    • I didn’t have time for pockets, but I’ll definitely be adding them to the next dresstangle. I used to play tennis in high school and pockets were ESSENTIAL to the game. No one wants to ran all over the court chasing balls (well, that happens anyway, but it there’s slightly less ball retrieving when your pockets are loaded with spares).

  2. Self-drafted?! You brave woman. I love the neck and sleeve trim. And that’s one of my colors, too! Fabulous job.

    • No bravery required for a rectangle! That’s way I love it so — four seams and a hem. Glad you like it. Navy is a perfect color for redheads!

  3. Love this dress. It looks very easy to wear. Funny thing, I found a red dress at the thrift store that looks identical to your mother’s navy one. I’m pretty sure it’s from the same time period. It’s a little big on me. I’ll have to refashion it and post it.

    • Dude, no way! You found my mom’s 1970’s nautical dress? You totally have to email me (najahatmacdotcom) with a photo of it! What a blast from the past that would be!

  4. Hi Najah, great to have you back posting, missed seeing the next great creation. Love the blue color and the touch of trim, and oh so comfy. What more coula girl ask for.

  5. You look fabulous! This dress rocks!

  6. The perfect dresstangle dress out there. You look great Najah. I love that family photo along with your mums fierce poodle fro. What are you reading at your monthly book club meet up? any good recommendations? Have a wonderful time with your mum.

    • Thanks, Kazz! We read a book called “Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women”. It was intriguing but heavy…next month we’re lightening it up with Tina Fey’s new bio, “Bossypants”. I’m in the middle of watching 30 Rock Season 3…hilarity!!! Tina Fey’s character is like a white, slightly more clumsy version of me!

  7. Great dress and great job. Happy sewing.

  8. Love the tennis styling! You’re lucky dresstangles work for you. Can’t spend 20+ hours on a dress every week, that’s for sure.

    • Thanks, Lee! The styling could’ve gone Wimbeldon or nautical…but my trip to the vintage (ie. built and last maintained in the 1970s) tennis court in my neighborhood was ten times shorter than a trek to the Potomac for boated background photos would’ve been ;-).

      Dresstangles have saved my weekly sewing life! 1 hour for a plain one, 1.5 to 2 hours for one with extra details. Totally gives me relief from marathon sewing.

  9. That is a totally fierce fro! And a fierce dress to match. Bravo!

    • My mother’s fros were legendary. I wish I had more pictures of them, but alas we moved around too much and there’s only a few floating around…this one is my favorite because it’s so soft and perfectly shaped.

      Thanks for the comment!

  10. Sadly-a dresstangle would not be so flattering on me. Well-maybe if I belted it. I’d like to try one sometime. I like the extra details you added and I love the story of your mom.

    • Find yourself a drapey fabric and try it (you are a master of whimful experimentaiton after all)! You can always shape the neckline and/or hem after the fact if the squareness feels unflattering. The simple drape of the fabric (over curves or lack of) is what it makes it work on what I think would be most people — especially if worn belted or with elastic at the waist. Belted is my default dresstangle styling, but at the end of the day, it’s awesome to lounge in it sans belt. Blousey belted dress by day and comfy-sexy mummu caftan by night! Hope that convinces you ;-).