Hot! “The Birds & The Bradshaw” Dress

The Facts:
Fabric: Tina Givens Cotton Fabric from stash
Pattern: New Look 6092
Year: Modern
Notions: Metal zipper – $2.39
Time to Complete: 5 hours
First Worn: June 10th 2012, Sunday
Wear Again: Oh yeah!

Total Price: $2.39

So I have to be honest, I was not an avid watcher of Sex and the City. I’ve probably only seen 5 episodes total, when it was on TBS as re-runs. One: I never had HBO, Two: I wasn’t into the plot of the series, I was more into the fashions. So the dress that I made to base off of Carrie Bradshaw, I have no idea if it was for the movie or the T.V. show. But since the movies are based on the T.V. show, and Carrie Bradshaw is an original T.V. character, I figured I was safe.

My fabric is by Tina Givens. One of my favorite fabric designers. This is actually my most prized fabric, and I wanted to use it for something special. Something I felt and looked good in, and I would wear again. It’s funny that I chose a fabric with birds on it. I kind of wish it had bees too. Get it? “Birds and the bees” meets Sex and the City. That would have been fabulous. But I can settle for birds. I love the fit. I’ve used this pattern before, with the Mad Men challenge, and it’s one I recommend. I used a black metal zipper to give a high end trendy look, I drafted my cap sleeves and lowered the back and front neckline – not enough though. I could probably lower the front neckline a few inches to reach the same integrity of the Carrie Bradshaw dress. The peplum is removable and is from a 40’s vintage pattern.


As you can tell, Carrie’s (SJP) peplum is more of a bubble style. I had a hard time figuring out how to do a bubble skirt over my already made dress. Also, if I did figure out how to make it, would I wear it? Probably not. I went the wearable route. We don’t have sky scrapping buildings in our quiet valley. We headed up to our outdoor mall for photos. Los Angeles is about an hour away in good traffic, without a babysitter we were not going to take that chance, so staying local was our best bet. M.E. wanted to get in on the action too. She jumped out of her stroller and said “Daddy, pictures of M.E.?”, and she posed for him. It was cute. She looks like her father.

I’m pretty much in love with this dress. A lot. I think it may love me back. It will love me more, once I adjust it’s neckline a bit.




Bethany is a forever student in Fashion Design. She took a hiatus from her studies due to the fear of using a sewing machine and a long term illness. It wasn't until her daughter was born, she felt inspired to create again and dive headfirst into sewing by machine.


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  1. YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! You nailed this!! You look amazing!!

  2. Oh Bethany, this dress is amazing. I love the fabric and you look fantastic in it.

  3. You make such beautiful clothing! Love the birds and I do think the bees thing would have been cool too. I’m happy to hear the dress loves you back-I know I love it. I think I’m going to have to make myself a removable bubble peplum-I’m surprised I don’t have one in my wardrobe already!

  4. stunning dress and the fabric is very Carrie !

  5. This made my jaw drop. PERFECT match of fabric to pattern – wish you had posted more of a tight shot so I could wrap my head around that print. BRAVO!

    • If I was the photographer for this piece, I would have gotten a lot better shots than I have here. Oh well. Husbands don’t listen well. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  6. VERY cute! Love that fabric and you nailed Carrie with the attitude in the first shot. Then again, your daughter is adorable and almost upstaged her mom : )

  7. Perfection! The removable peplum is a genius idea! Is it tied on, like a backwards apron? Love it.

  8. Love your dress…

  9. Lovely dress. I liked many of the Carrie fashions but was not brave enough to try one this week.

  10. Fantastic! Gorgeous fabric (I can see why you loved it so much) and a great way to reference the Carrie dress without making it look like a costume.

  11. So sassy, Bethany! In fact I like yours better than Carrie’s. Your photoshoot is terrific and your little one is so charming.

  12. WootWooh that dress is killer, you look amazeballs, just LOVE THIS! Well done Bethany.

  13. Great dress! I love the idea of having a removable peplum – will have to keep this in mind as a sewing idea. I actually like your dress much better than the original.

  14. I wouldn’t change the neckline, it’s perfect just as it is!

  15. WOW! ABSOLUTELY beautiful! You captured and executed your inspiration magnificently!

  16. Awesome dress Bethany!!!!!Suits you!

  17. The fabric and dress choice are just great. It looks like it was made for you. Wait. It was!!! Nice homage to Carrie, by the way. You captured her spirit in that fab dress despite not be a fan of the show.

  18. Ha, LOL. Thank you Najah! From what I have seen of the show, I love Carrie’s personality.

  19. Amazing! We ladies simply don’t wear enough peplums. And they’re so flattering!

  20. This is fantastic! I love yours so much better than the original. That fabric is perfect!!

  21. Love it! Perfect in every way.

  22. I’m so in love with this fabric, it’s so beautifully bright and happy….you’re a ray of sunshine. And the peplum is just genius.