Hot! The “Better Late Than Never” Dress

The Facts
Fabric: Blue stretch cotton $4, dot-printed stretch cotton $14 from Mood
Pattern: McCall’s 5972 and Simplicity 2209
Year: 2010s
Notions: 16″ zipper $1
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: To work on Thursday
Wear again? Yes, yes!
Total price: ~$19

This week was a bit of a life challenge for me. Husband and I were on vacation last week, and as soon as we got home we packed up our apartment and moved two towns over to a bigger place. So, yay bigger place! But, boo to packing and moving and disrupting the comfortable, quiet life we are used to. (We had way more “stuff” than we both thought and where was it all hiding in our tiny one-bedroom?!)

I didn’t totally panic about this week because I started this dress before we went on vacation. For a very brief moment I considered finishing it as well, but then sanity resumed and I decided not to kill myself trying to rush through.

But then moving took way longer than I imagined and didn’t get to work on it again until Wednesday night of this week. So for the first time this year I didn’t get to submit my project before Monday. Disappointment in my “tardiness” gave way to sheer exhaustion pretty quickly.

Besides, I got it done. So it’s a win.



Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.


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  1. Show off! I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to submit on a Wed, and can’t even fathom doing vacation, moving, AND finishing a garment. I’m impressed! And it’s super-cute to boot. Very much your style!

  2. This is SO cute. I love it.

  3. Very cute. I am super impressed that you finished it despite the move.

  4. Great accomplishment, despite all the moving. I love what you put together.

  5. There’s no way I could get done what you do AND move house. That’s pretty amazing. The dress is fab, the skirt especially has a great shape. Have fun finding your new space in the new house!