New tutorial - The MODify Dress!!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


ohhhh...i'm so excited to share a new tutorial with you guys today! when kathleen of the super fabulous blog "grosgrain" asked me to be part of free pattern month i literally squealed! i thought i was hallucinating when i saw her email pop up asking me to join in on! woot! woot! i'm so excited to be on one of my fave blogs!!!! it was perfect timing because i had been preparing to do something i haven't done before....make a dress for myself! that's right folks! something for ourselves. not for the kidlets. not sure about you guys but i'm always sewing for my kids or for gifts and i always seem to get put to the wayside. it's scary unknown territory for me to make a dress but i knew i had to do it. kathleen, whom I like to affectionately call "the queen of dresses" inspired me to do it. so pop on over to grosgrain and check it out! i can't wait for you all to make one too!

i've been so frustrated dress shopping lately and haven't been able to find anything that fit me right that covered the dreaded post baby bump (hate!). darn c-section :P so instead of whining and crying to my hubs and anyone else who would listen I decided to just make one. thus the modify dress was born!! i've been feeling so inspired by old movies (mostly from the 60's) lately and wanted a fun, short, mod spring dress that's simple to make and simple to "modify". this dress will give you a great base to personalize, add some pizazz too or keep modern and simple. it's flattering and can be worn a ton of different ways. lengthen it for fun or shorten it to make a tunic. sleeves..no sleeves. v-neck or round neck - it's up to you. add length and width to the front panel and you've got a great maternity dressa! and the best part is that there are no pieces to print out, this dress is all customizable to your own body size. so no gaping at the arms, tight boobage, or pulling on the hips. you use your measurements to create the dress that's right for you.

i'll be posting the tutorial here in the mommyhood later with a downloadable pdf that you all can print out but in the meantime head on over to check out the full tutorial here  and while you are there make sure to check out the other gorgeous patterns that have been shared this month. i mean really, look at this stuff!


also make sure to stay tuned on grosgrain for the rest of the fabulous lineup! i can't wait!!!

Free Pattern Month Guest Lineup
April 25 - The Sew Convert
April 26 - A Lemon Squeezy Home
April 27 - One Pearl Button
April 28 - Elsie Marley
April 29 - Happy Together
May 2 - The Sew Weekly
May 3 - Stories of A to Z
May 4 - Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing
May 5 - Sewing in No Man's Land
May 6 - Adventures in Dressmaking
May 9 - Cakies
May 10 - Prudent Baby
May 11 - Casey's Elegant Musings
May 12 - Lil Blue Boo
May 13 - Say Yes to Hoboken
May 16 - Made
May 17 - Luv in the Mommyhood
May 18 - Viva Veritas
May 19 - Tea Rose Home
May 20 - Noodlehead
May 23 - Very Purple Person
May 24 - Made by Rae
May 25 - No Big Dill
May 26 - Colette Patterns
May 27 - Whip up


what do you guys think? you likie? are you gonna make one? let's chat sewing!

8 comments:

  1. it's really a cute dress and the design seems approachable even for beginners. nicely done, girl!

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  2. LOVE it!! well done! You are one productive mama!!! I'm so impressed, and inspired! <3 I'm so happy to come and visit your blog every day, and then to be introduced to so many other lovely blogs! You make my mornings lovey <3

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  3. Oh Shannon, it's so great! I love it! You did such a great job explaining it all with your drawings and graphics. I really love seeing how other sewers mind works when it comes to adjusting and working with patterns. Cute cute!

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  4. Love it! I am definitely going to have a go at this. Thanks so much!

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  5. Thanks so much ladies! I'm so glad you guys like it. I was a nervous nilly last night..haha. But it's very comfy to wear and so easy to be changed up and styled differently.
    Make sure to add pics to our flickr group if you make one :)

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  6. fun!!!! I can wait to check out the tutorial. I'm thinking it would be really fun to make, thank you for actually getting my mind in motion, it seems like it's been stuck at the idea stage forever!

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  7. I love how simple you made this pattern. Very pretty. I'm so glad it's finally time to wear summery clothes!

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  8. cute and easy - perfect for busy mums!! nice job :)

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