A Dress a Month: February

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Here we are, first day of March, and I’m finally sharing my sewing project for February. I finished Thursday night, in the nick of time before the end of the month.

I learned SO much with this dress! The pattern is Simplicity 1609, based on a ’60s pattern, and marked Jiffy- which I imagine it is when you’re not a novice like me. It was pretty basic, but I definitely had to reread steps a few times before understanding them, but hopefully by the end of this year of sewing it will seem easy to me too.

The skills I got to practice with this dress were following pattern markings, darts, facings, a collar, and a zipper- which I took on the extra challenge of doing without a zipper foot thanks to this lady’s helpful video, since I forgot I had broken mine last summer.

My hem could use improvement, which is funny because that’s what I’ve done the most of, and next time I will think about matching the pattern of the fabric, but overall I’m pretty happy with it.

February sewing dress

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pattern: Simplicity 1609
shoes: BAIT
earrings: DIY- more coming to the shop soon!

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Now it’s time to start brainstorming March’s project and I’m actually considering trying this one out again with some vintage fabric…

Want to check out January’s project?

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13 Responses to A Dress a Month: February

  1. Ashley says:

    So cute! The dress looks great on you, and I’m so impressed by your sewing talents!! Way to go! :)



  2. Becca says:

    This looks great! I love that collar. You’ll be surprised how much easier it gets the more you sew. I used to be completely baffled by the whole thing, but now I can be given a set of pattern pieces and figure out the sequence of construction without a second thought!

    XOXO
    Becca | Ladyface Blog



  3. Imke says:

    Such a beautiful dress!

    XO Imke



  4. Porcelina says:

    Wow, this is a wonderful project! Well done, it looks fabulous, I am in awe of you sewing skills, I am very much a novice. My total accomplishment is one skirt.

    Love the shoes too!
    P x



  5. October says:

    Oh wow – great job! The collar is perfection!



  6. Kristian says:

    Wow. So impressed you made that! it is very cute and 60s!



  7. Ellie says:

    You made this dress?? Wow, it is amazingly cute and your shoes are perfect. I wish I knew how to make my own dresses. So cool.



  8. OMG i am soo impressed w/ this Lisa!! All of the things you said you learned are just words I vaguely know about. The pattern you picked is so perfect & fun & it fits you like a glove, amazing job!!



  9. Cristina says:

    This is great! Amazing job! Very fun and retro.

    The Rambling Fangirl



  10. Marisa says:

    This is incredible Lisa! Smitten with both the fabric and pattern…my kind of dress fo sho! I took sewing lessons as a kid, and how I wish I kept up with it. I really want to learn how to make myself dresses again.



  11. Marlen says:

    I’m so in awe that you actually MADE this, it’s gorgeous. You keep this up and you’ll start putting Modcloth itself to shame ;)

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin



  12. Catherine says:

    oh i love your version of this! great fabric too. xo



  13. Stefanie says:

    This looks so good! I’m on a new sewing kick, and you’ve inspired me!



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