Sunday, May 29, 2011

Embellish This!

This week's sew weekly challenge was to do a project with embellishment. I choose to whip up another Crepe dress! I knew I wanted to add piping and ended up also doing decorative buttons and contrast ties.

This fabric is actually from a sheet set that I thrifted! Crazy, huh.

Fabric: main: thrifted sheet (~$3, I got a fitted and normal sheet + 2 pillow cases for $8 and I didn't even use the whole sheet for this project!), lining: broad cloth (~$10), ties: polycotton blend(~$10)
Pattern: Colette Pattern's Crepe dress
Notions: buttons ($1.50), pipping (~$2)
Time to complete: <1 week
First worn: May 2011
Wear again? yes! I made a smaller sized top with a FBA than for my last version and it fits a lot better. The sleeves are a bit tight so I'll do one size bigger there next time. There is still a bit of awkwardness in the chest. I think I didn't need to do quite as big of a FBA for this pattern, but considering I didn't make a muslin this go round, it turned out great! I wore it to church today and got loads of compliments! I think I'll have to do embellishments more often!
Total Cost: $25.50 The most expensive part of this dress was the ties! The only reason I spent so much on the ties is I had trouble matching colors and by that point I just wanted something that was going to look good!

I've already gotten started on next weeks challenge of the perfect summer dress. Hopefully, it'll be done in time for the holiday festivities tomorrow!

P.S. I have heaps of this fabric left! Any suggestions on what else I could do with it?? Would anyone be interested in a giveaway of some of this fabric?

P.P.S. Forgot to mention that this project is my first FBA, first time using piping (and on a sweetheart neckline no less!) and the first time reusing a pattern.


  1. Oh sweet! Love it. I just got that pattern last week. I love that you added piping to it! Great job!

  2. Such a cute dress! The fabric is very pretty and I love your use of piping and the little buttons...

  3. heaps of the fabric. . well if I could I would sew a dress for myself with it. I do have a couple patterns I've had for nearly two years that I could test it out on. it would be awesome to have a giveaway for the fabric. I really love your dress. you are so talented and amazing. The buttons are so sweet too!

  4. First time commenter here. I just had to say that I LOVE your dress! Kudos to you for making it work so well! The tyle, cut, and everything looks great and you look fab in it. =)