A Dress a Month: February



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


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


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!

    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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