Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sail Away Dress Sew-Along Sneak Peek

Since the Button Down Rehab series ended, I've been hinting around that I have another mystery piece of clothing that I made out of a button down shirt. You're all probably like, "Yeah whatever, she's been talking about this hypothetical piece of clothing for weeks now. Shut up and give us a tutorial already."  Or maybe you're tired of button down shirt projects?

Well either way, I have one more for you my dear bloggy friends!

I've had this dress done since the end of BDR, it just turned out to be a monster of a tutorial because I take a ton of pictures and try to explain things as much as possible, so I decided to share it with you in several parts as an impromptu sew-along beginning Monday morning.

I hope you don't mind.

I've been loving all the nautical-themed stuff out there, so I decided to make this dress with lots of reds and blues, and of course stripes. Can you ever have too many stripes?

Or blueberries for that matter?

And the greatest part is that the fabric came from 2 men's button down shirts I had laying around (thanks hubs!) so besides the buttons and the tiny piece of elastic thread, the dress was basically free.

And boy do I love free things.

If you want to plan ahead and join me for my little sewing soiree, you'll need just a few supplies: 2 button down shirts to cut up, 3 buttons, some scraps of knit fabric for the sash, and 2 inches of 1/4 inch elastic or elastic thread.

That's it!

I'll even show you how to make your own pattern in 3 easy steps! How's that for an attention-grabbing infomercial? Are you intrigued?

I hope you'll join me for the Sail Away Dress Sew-Along next week.

Grab your stuff, I'll see you back here Monday!

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  1. What a cute dress, Jen! Love the nautical flavor of it. Really nice :)

  2. Adorable! I have 1/4 inch elastic and buttons. Time to raid the man's closet. =]


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