On mother’s day, I had a sick child and a sick husband. So I spend the morning cleaning the house, doing laundry, and cooking. Dreamy, right!?! WRONG!
It was also our 12th wedding anniversary, so Jonathan was working as hard as he could to get better by the evening. We had a date planned, and he really hates missing out on babysitting. Lucky me!
Soooo, while he napped in the afternoon, I have no shame in announcing that I put my children in front of the television so that I could enjoy some ME time. Yes, this is also known as “sewing time” around the rest of the world. Don’t worry, I’m sure the television program was completely educational and changed their life in a millions ways for the better.
I knew I only had about an hour or two, so I hurriedly shuffled through my pattern stash to see what I could come up with in time for our date. I wanted a dress pattern, of course. It had to be casual, fast and festive. Also, in honor of my 95 year old Memaw passing away this week, I wanted to use a fun vintage-inspired floral print for the fabric.
As luck would have it, this was the only day ever in the history of me having children that they did NOT want to watch television!!! Curses. Why can’t I have one great day of bad mothering??? Anyhoo, I somehow managed to whip out the dress, and this was with a 6 year old standing on my fabric asking me questions every two minutes, and with a 5 year old pulling out all my fabric from my fabric armoire. Happy Mother’s Day to me – I really WILL miss these days, right!?
So, now for the little “review” part of the post – How do I feel about this pattern?
I really LOVE it. It’s super easy and fast. It only takes just a little bit over 2 yards of fabric. The look of the dress can easily be transformed by whichever fabric/print you choose. In fact, I’m looking forward to making this again in a solid so that I can have a more modern representation.
NOTE: the dress has a 22″ zipper in the back. Don’t let this scare you – you can do it!! I would really recommend this pattern for someone who wants to up their skills with zippers because the rest of the construction is so easy. You can really focus your attention on the zipper and not get worried about the rest of the dress. GO FOR IT!
Here’s the lowdown:
TIME: This took me somewhere between 1 and 2 hours. Since I had those lovely distractions, I can’t really say the true time frame. I know I started at 3pm and was finished/wearing it by 5pm. For those of you who are newer to sewing, I think you can really make this dress in under 3 hours, including cutting out the pattern. Let me know if you try it!
COST: This dress cost me…. $5.50! I found the fabric for $1.50/yd at Walmart, and I needed about 2.5 yards. Then I needed a zipper. That’s it. I had the thread on hand. Oh, I suppose I should add $3.99 for the pattern that I got onsale at Joann’s.
Okay y’all – continuing my desire to be more generous in 2012 …. I will send everyone who sends me a photo of your own version of this pattern a set of embellished bobby pins! (tutorial coming tomorrow!)
…(sorry, I have to have a cutoff date, so free bobby pin offer expires in one month – June 15th. Send me your address along with your photo … I’ll compile the photos and do a blog post, how fun, right!?! )