Two New Dresses!!!

I’ve been busy the last couple weeks with designing and then sewing two new dresses.  I love the entire process and am really happy with the end results!

I had a vision for what I wanted to make, sketched it out on the computer, and then set it aside for a few weeks months.  When it finally came down to sewing, I relied on my stellar memory.  LOL!  That was a providential mistake.  I had the entire skirt constructed before pulling up the sketch.  At that point I realized that I’d made a different skirt than what I intended to make.  Hahaha!!!!  Oh well, in the end it was an opportunity to create 2 beautiful dresses – one is an easier to make dress, the other one a more challenging one.  So, I now have 2 dresses in 2 different sizes.

Dress #1 – the pretty mistake dress.  Because this was going to be my test sample dress, I made it out of Imperial batiste.  That alone makes this a dress that will get plenty of wear.  After rinsing out the blue wash out marker, then a light hand washing and time in the dryer (yes, I was impatiently waiting to photograph!), it only needed a slight touch of the iron before photographing!  Honestly, for wearing, I wouldn’t iron at all – I only did it for the photograph.

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I love madeira hem treatments and I love pinstitching wherever I can use it!  The shadow work embroidery is the icing on the cake for this dress.  🙂

Upon the completion of dress #1, I moved on to dress #2 – the sketched dress.  Dress #1 didn’t need any changes to the pattern or process, so this dress was made from heirloom fabrics – satin batiste!  That is such a beautiful fabric to work with and I love the sheen.  This is the hem and bodice treatment that I had sketched and planned to do the first time.  LOL!  It is equally beautiful, but definitely a bit more challenging to create.




I love everything about this dress as well!!!  It turned out exactly as I’d hoped.  Madeira hem, pinstitching, pintucks and a little hand embroidery – what’s not to love?!?!?!

Because there was already plenty of interest already in this dress, I kept the embroidery simple.  I think that was the right choice.  It also made it easier to get it finished once the dress was completed.

With the dresses finished, I’ve been hard at work on the computer, getting the pattern pieces drafted on the computer rather than my usual hand drafting.  I’m much slower at doing it on the computer, but I love the results, so I’m sticking with it.  I know I’ll be happy when all the bits are finished.  It’s going to take a while.  I have Claire Meldrum to thank for her patience in teaching me how to use Illustrator several years ago.  She has written the best tutorial on graphing smocking designs in Illustrator.

So, now you know why I’ve been away from blogging.

What’s next?  Perhaps some summer sewing for the little ones…..

17 thoughts on “Two New Dresses!!!

    1. Kathy Post author

      Thanks Linda – not all my mistakes look this good. LOL! Thankfully, there was no mistake in the sewing or design, just a mistake in my memory of what I was designing! The fun of getting older. 😛

    1. Kathy Post author

      Thanks Debra – I enjoy making the curved pintucks and do teach them in some of my classes. They aren’t as hard as they look!

  1. Zanna van der Merwe

    This is absolutely stunning! Will you do an online class with these dresses or are you going to sell the pattern? I am hooked! Thank you

    1. Kathy Post author

      Thanks Zanna! I’ve never done online classes and I don’t sell patterns at this point. However, I love teaching and am happy to teach for private groups as well as guilds and other sewing events. 🙂 The patterns always come with the class.

  2. Donna

    What elegant dresses! Any suggestions on pinstitching on Imperial batiste? I’ve not had good results and understood that it’s really hard to get nice pinstitching on poly/cotton. Yours looks perfect, but I’m not surprised :).

    1. Kathy Post author

      Thanks Donna! I’ve been pinstitching on imperial batiste for 25+ years now – it definitely can be done. Lots and lots of starch and a good stabilizer help tremendously. 🙂

  3. Kay Briley

    I have never had the opportunity to take a class from you, if you are ever near Huntsville Al or Nashville, TN anywhere that direction I am there. I hope to be at SATB this year. These dresses are wonderful and I would so love the patterns. I would love to know how to do the pictures also. I hope to take a class one day. Thanks for your hard work and inspiration. KAY


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