DIY and Recipes,  Fashion

When life gives you lemons… make a dress! And then burst into tears.

I posted a little teaser yesterday of a DIY project I had done… and here it is!

I saw this fabric the other day when I was shopping with my mom at the fabric store, and it reminded me of the lemon print dresses that I’ve seen mentioned around the blogosphere lately. And since I’m pretty sure most incarnations of that dress are well over my budget, I decided to make my own version.

I am pretty happy with how it turned out! I tend to really hate sewing, so when I say that the pattern is easy, you can bet it’s not going to be too complicated. And when I say I actually want to make more dresses, you know it wasn’t that hard!  For those of you who are sewing mavens (or not), here is the pattern I used (dress A)  and I tweaked it a little to get crossed straps in the back.

I do have to admit, though, that my mom ended up finishing the dress– putting in the zipper and hemming it up– because by the time I got to the zipper it had been five straight hours of working on the dress and, being as how I dislike sewing, I was at my wit’s end when a little error came up. So, being the girl that I am, I got frustrated and near-tears (I was also in a hurry to finish so I could wear it to go see Mr. Owl), and my mom graciously offered to put in the zipper.

She’s the best.

I  want to make more of this dress, in these patterns:


As you can see, I have a huge love for quirky patterns. I especially love the hedgehogs (# 4), and the strawberries (#3) and the second mushroom print (#6). If you want to see even MORE fabrics I want to make dresses out of, you can click the picture. I happened to pin 87 swatches of fabric… today. I may start on some sort of sewing craze, here. Which is weird, because I’ve never liked sewing.

I have already started on another dress from some fabric I found at the thrift store today (yes, I know, I’m doing SO well sticking to my 30×30), using the same pattern (but dress D), but this time around I’m going to make myself only work on it little by little so that I don’t end up getting frustrated and tired by the end. It should be a much happier sewing experience this time around.


{Self-Made} Dress: $27.64 (this includes fabric, zipper, and pattern) | {Walmart} Sandals: $10  | {Thrifted} Belt: $0.99 | {Free} Jacket  (gift)

I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday! Happy first day of summer!

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