Monday, March 15, 2010

My First Dress for Annabelle

I did it! I was so happy about this I could barely sleep last night and my head is swimming with ideas and patterns I've seen that I can't wait to try and make. 

I have been wanting to make a dress for Annabelle since I got my sewing machine.  Recently, my sewing machine and I haven't been getting along.

Well, yesterday all was forgiven. 

This is my second finished sewing machine project and I couldn't be happier.

I took this:

And turned it into this:

I cut off the top of the shirt.  Cut it to make it fit and sewed it back together.  No hemming because I still had the hem from the bottom of the shirt.

I then made a few ruffle flowers and some braided straps.  Hand-stitched the braided straps and now Annabelle has a new dress!

Okay. So she was a little less than thrilled.  The only way I could get her in it is if she wore it over her other clothes and promised her chocolate. 

Here she's saying, "where's the chocolate?"

Looks pretty durable!

In action!

And some close-ups:

I am happy with how it turned out!

I also learned a few things:

1. It takes time.  I was so tempted to get out my glue gun and glue the flowers on but I resisted and stayed up a little late to stitch the flowers on.

2.  Practice with the thread and fabric you are going to use first.  It's always something I read but it really made a difference.  Which, goes back to the it takes time.  This way you can find the tension that works best!  Also, if the needle isn't bringing up the bobbin thread, adjusting the tension helps!

3. I love sewing and now I have the confidence to tackle some other projects.

4.  Annabelle isn't going to like everything I make.  She said, "I like this dress, Mommy," then ripped it off!  Not sure what that means.

I'm linking this up this week here.
Check these parties out and see all the wonderful things everyone out there is making!


  1. How adorable! Your patience shows in the product and what a precious little girl! Lezlee

  2. This is very cute. I love the flowers! I have a little girl who will not wear a dress to save my life! Church is a whole mess of bribes. My other daughter will only wear skirts! Every day it's skirts and tights. We're running out of options!

  3. Very cute...I just had my sewing machine out this week too and posted about making pj's, they are super easy :-)

  4. Super cute! What a fun color for an adorable little girl!

  5. that is so cool! I love making clothing for my girls :)

    I would love for you to link up to check me out saturdays over at my blog

  6. Very cute! I love the satisfaction of finishing something like that... for some reason wearables make me even prouder. I love the "where's the chocolate" pic! Been there, done that :)

  7. That's very cute! I can hear my little one complaining if I asked him to do something too. I'm sure she'll love it once the warm summer weather comes!

    Stopping by from Today's Creative! Just signed up to follow you. Stop by my scrapbooking blog when you get a chance I'm always looking for a few more crafty followers!

  8. That is so adorable. I love how she is less than thrilled about the photo shoot.

    Thank you for linking this up to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

  9. Nice dress. She is adorable!
    Following you from Trendy Treehouse!
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  10. Good for you for sticking to it. Cute result and cute daughter.

  11. Love this! I don't have any daughters (just a son), but I love sewing for my nieces, and love any opportunity to re-use clothing into something useful!
    we have a friday fun finds party... if you're interested, we'd love it if you'd link up this week!

  12. ADORABlE... and the dress is cute too!: )

  13. That's so cute and the look on your daughter's face is priceless! My mom made so many dresses for me when I was little, it was fun going with her to pick out the patterns and fabrics:)

  14. I love little yellow dresses! Come stop by my Favorite Things Friday party if you would like to join in!

  15. I think that is what I appreciate most about sewing - it takes time...the more I slow down and relax and do it right the better I like what I do - but some times it is so hard - it is a good lesson for me...

    I think you did a great job for a first effort...

  16. hahaha on the glue gun, I totally would have been thinking the same thing. But it's super cute! good job!

  17. Great work! I really love it! Thanks for linking up!

  18. Wow! What a fun idea! Thanks for linking up at Sweet Charli! Your blog is adorable!

  19. The thing with little kids, I've found, is they may not like it when you want them to try it on for the first time, but when THEY want to try it, they'll love it!


  20. Great job. It looks cute. I love all of these refashions!! Thanks for sharing at Spring has Sprung at Fun to Craft. Feel free to stop by the party again!

  21. Ahhh, I am new to sewing little girls too. So much fun! Love your blog - having to scroll through everything now!!
    P.S. There are a couple easy free patterns on the Oliver and S site. I made the skirt (so easy) and recently the dress (seriously easy too) I bet you could make some awesome ones!

  22. This is so cute! Thanks for linking up this week!

  23. 1. Annabelle is such a darling name.

    2. That dress is out of this word cute

    3. I'm glad you and your sewing machine kissed and made up. You make such a good pair.

    4. Thanks for linking to Creative Cats!!


  24. That's sweet. Dressing your munchkin successfully in an outfit you made yourself is the best feeling. I've been making lots of pillowcase dresses recently. Congrats on a job well done!!!!

  25. Very cute! She looks like she likes it. Fun pictures!

    Thanks for linking up to my party!



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