Bold & Elegant

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

I feel like it's been a while since I last wrote! I started this blog as a way for me share my passion for designing and I'm grateful for all the positive feedback I've been getting. Although, time has not been in my favor these past few weeks, I hope to try to post more often. If you have any ideas on what to post on this blog, please let me know! (Email:

This next project is one that I have been really excited to share this with you all. This is a dress I made for a local political, running for state representative. It was an honor to make this dress for such a strong woman. I think it's so important for women to work collectively to help each other become successful, especially these days.

Time: ~1-2 Days (On and Off) 
Level: Intermediate - Experienced 

3 yards of Knit Fabric
2 yards of 1/2 inch elastic waistband
Pattern Paper
Sewing Machine
Fabric Pins
Measuring Tape

This is not a step by step tutorial like I've done in the past. This is more about my experience and basic tips when designing a dress.

For this dress, I used a knit fabric in a dark navy blue that had a pretty sparkling effect. When designing this dress, I kept in mind the theme of elegance and of course modesty.  For the style, I made gathers along the waist line of the dress, so it can show the true flow of the garment. One huge tip I would give you when making gathers is use a 1/2 inch stretchy waist band (sew with a zig-zag stitch). This is optional if you plan on using a zipper, but if you don't add a zipper you need to use a waistband! In the past I made dresses without this and lets just say it did not end well. If you don't have something helping hold the waist area together, it will literally rip when the person puts on the dress or skirt! And believe me that is a nightmare for any sewer.

Like I said before in my other post, cutting the fabric is the most important part, when making a dress (or anything for that matter).  It can make or break your final look. When I make dresses for other people, I like to play it safe and make a pattern using pattern paper (or muslin). This will give you accurate measurements. Also, I added a turtle neck on the neckline of the dress. It pretty simple, but the hard part is figuring out how wide and long you want it to be. I'd say mine was roughly 4 inches wide and 3.5 inches long.

I absolutely love this style, I wish I had time to make a few for myself!
I hope this was helpful!

Let me know if you have any questions!

*I added a waist-belt using some left over scrap fabric.

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