Hot! The “Life Happens” Babydoll Dress

The Facts:

Fabric: Sheer cotton from Michael Levine $3.00 and broadcloth from stash
Pattern: All self drafted
Year: Modern
Notions: Bias tape from stash
Time to Complete: 3 hours
First Worn: August 2012
Wear Again: Yes
Total Price: $3.00

I love the contrast of the black and the sheer blue of my babydoll dress, I also love the polka dots! What I don’t love is how this babydoll looks like maternity wear when I wear it without a belt. I feel like it’s awkward shaped to be worn as a dress, and too long to be worn as a shirt. So I think I will be taking it in and shortening it. This was very simple to make and got through fairly quickly. It’s actually been done for a few weeks. Thank goodness.

I love collars. I especially love Peter Pan collars. I know they make me look younger than I am, but seriously, they are just to cute to avoid. I am always happy to find a new top or dress with a collar that I can mimic. I was inspired by a few looks I saw in catalogs to make my babydoll.


I prefer this babydoll belted for now. If I so choose to shorten it, then a belt wont be necessary. As you can tell I love to wear my mint wedges with EVERYTHING! Seriously, my favorite shoes. We found this grove of Eucalyptus trees by our Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. It was the best we could do without putting M.E. in danger since we were with out a babysitter yet again. This is getting harder and harder to find a place to pose when you live in a conservative town, where every building looks the same and you have a 2 year old. What’s a fashionista to do?

With all that has been going on within my family lately, I don’t think I would have been able to complete this challenge. I am still bummed out about last weeks challenge. I felt like I had failed myself. This week, I am just worn out and really trying to stay positive no matter the outcomes in life. Recently more unexpected family emergencies emerged and we are suddenly finding ourselves in a predicament we were not prepared for. Is anyone though? Ugh….I don’t mean to get everyone down. I have faith that things will work out for the best and we will get through this, and we will be better and stronger because of it. A heads up, I wont be able to participate in next weeks challenge, but I hopefully will be able to take part in the challenges after. i am excited to see everyone’s collared pieces!





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. I love the shoes and the belted version!! Come back when you can, my heart goes out to you and your family in this tough time.

  2. I love the last photo you posted; looks great. And I hear ya’ about taking photos. Whenever I’m out taking pictures, people ask me what I’m doing, because it’s obviously not regular day-to-day snapshots, and I’m OBVIOUSLY not a model. The other day I was in my backyard, trying to strike a pose, when my neighbour yelled out, “Hey Vicki! Are you still doing that Me-Made-May thing?!” I just couldn’t continue after that. :)

    I’m sorry to read about your Grandmother. We’ll all be happy to see you back here after you’ve dealt with the most important things in your life.

  3. I am also not having the best family situation, so I’m sympatethic, for what it’s worth…
    I think it would be adorable shortened into a blouse, probably much more versatile too!

  4. I like it belted because it ties in with the black collar. I wonder what you will do in the end? We will miss you next week but we understand. Best wishes to you and your family!

  5. Bethany your dress looks great, I can imagine this dress being made into a top with a peplum and black bias binding as the hem teamed with a black pencil skirt.

    We’ll miss your lovely smile next week. Family always comes first. Have a lovely week.

  6. Love the photo with the belt. Nice detail with trimming the sleeve in black, the color combo really works well together.

  7. Love the contrast collar and sleeve trim. I agree on the shape, though. You have such a nice shape it’s a pity to wear anything that obscures it! I think making it a shirt is definitely the way to go.