“Green With Envy” Dress


Challenge: Halloween!


Fabric: green and black pinstripe fabric from Walmart Sale Bin
Pattern: Newlook 6909
Year: contemporary
Notions: thrifted zipper
Time to complete: About 6 hours
First worn: Foggy morning October 29
Wear again? I’m ready for Halloween!
Total price: Less than $5.00



I have been saving this fabric that I bought over a year ago when Walmart had a crazy $5.00 a bolt sale. I couldn’t resist, and now I have the perfect dress for my Halloween costume. Also, it’s just a perfect dress to wear anytime. It was super easy to make up. I cut out the pieces Friday evening, and then put it together Saturday. I saved the hem for Sunday morning just before the photoshoot.

I don’t know how the stipes look on your computer, but on mine they go every which way! In reality they are green and black verticle stripes. This dress has pockets and cuffs that are cut on the bias, so the stripes on those pieces go diagonally. I really like the way it fits. I’m impressed with my ability to cut between sizes to adjust for my shape. I didn’t even try it on while I made it!

I serged just about the whole dress, finishing everything so neatly. I even adjusted my serger to gather and did the sleeve caps. It makes for such a precise even gather, and you can still adjust to fit perfectly by pulling the threads. I did not attempt to set-in the sleeves with the serger, or the zipper and facings. It is better to do them on the regular sewing machine.

I had fun trying to copy those clever Youtube makeup tutorials.

We were lucky enough to take pictures before the fog lifted this morning. I hope you all have a great sewing week, whether you are into Halloween or not. At my school, we are so into it that the day after Halloween is a no-student day. They will have had a busy night and then a sugar rush. It’s best for them to stay home for a day, and finish off all that sweet stuff, before heading back to class.

“I’ll get you my pretty … and your little dog too.”




Barbara is a resident of Northern California. She loves to sew and has pledged not to buy retail clothes for the year of 2012. That means she has to make her own, or buy it at a thrift store. I hope she doesn't spend too much on fabric. When she shops for fabric her eyes light up as she imagines the possibilities! She's like a kid in a candy store.


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  1. Yay, your post is up! Great poses and great photos.

    And getting the day after Halloween off? What an excellent idea. My son goes to a french school, and they are so strict about academics that they started the examination period the day after Halloween. *roll eyes*

  2. I almost didn’t recognize you!! What a GREAT outfit! Don’t you love foggy mornings for photoshoots? I’m sure in another few months I’ll be tired of them. I’m so glad to see your Halloween outfit, I thought for a minute you didn’t make anything and that would have been tragic…

  3. That Wig!! I didn’t recognise you under it! Cool dress – I’ll have to learn that trick of gathering the sleeve cups with the overlocker.

  4. Hehe you look awesome, love your dress and that fabric, your make-up and batty necklace are the icing on the haunted cake. Very happy to see your post up- squinting at that thumbnail in the dashboard sure was killing my eyes :P

  5. Oh wow! I only knew it was you because of the label, but I really didn’t recognize you since you’re always smiling so sweetly. I like your terrifying grin and your lovely green dress.

  6. Oh, love the last picture! That is fantastic! Your dress is a great way to combine Halloween and actual practical wear!