Let’s just call this a learning experience

Lets just call this a learning experience

Lets just call this a learning experience
Lets just call this a learning experience

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So, I bought a pattern for the first time in my life. The bottom picture is what the dress was supposed to look like.

As you can see, I stopped following the pattern after I cut out the dress pieces. I couldn’t understand it. Not sure if its because I am just so exhausted that my brain functions as if I am drunk or if I am a visual learner and need someone to show me how to do it. I am just glad the damn thing is done. I think I will stick to pillow case dresses after this. But then again I just found this site: and was lusting over all the little dresses and have already decided to try a halter dress next for Miss P.

During this project, I did manage to learn how to do a few new sewing skills: a French seam, and then was told that since I fully lined it and the fabric was thick, I didn’t need to do it (thanks, Julie!), so the second side didn’t get one. A basting stitch, which really pissed me off. Apparently, my machine only goes to a 4 as its longest stitch, so it made the ruffle super tight. I also think that because it was fully lined and a thick fabric it made it more difficult as well. I ended up doing a hand basting stitch for the front and it worked much better. For the third thing I learned, I am not even sure what its called. I think its called bias tape? Anyone know?

I really enjoyed making the little bow for the front, and have visions of many different fabrics I can make them in, I think I will make a few for myself next time too! I got the free tutorial here, from my favorite new website:

Oh, and the purple fabric is organic! I found it at Joanne Fabrics a couple of months ago. They have all of four bolts, white, black, brown and this purple.

As long as you don’t look at my stitches real close, its not half bad. Especially, considering the only sewing skills I am going off are from a 7th grade Home Ec class.

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  • Jacinda
    May 5, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    It looks beautiful! Keep up the great work! I'm sure it will look adorable on Penelope. : )

  • Erin
    January 5, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    I am very new to your site and quite excited by the possibilities I see for myself on it. I just received my first sewing machine for Christmas and have a goal in mind of one day being able to make my daughter (just 2 weeks older than yours) a quilt out of her old baby clothes, I have no experience but you give me hope that I will get there 🙂

  • Stephanie
    January 5, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    @Erin…welcome! to my blog and to sewing!

  • Cassandra
    May 17, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    I was curious if you ever considered changing the structure of your blog?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of
    content so people could connect with it better.

    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or 2 pictures.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

    • Stephanie
      May 17, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      Lol, take a better look around, this post was my very first blog post ever on this site. Things have gotten a wee bit more professional around here. 🙂