Friday, August 5, 2011

a is for apple dress


This was my first attempt to make a dress that was fitted to my exact measurements and didn't rely on gathers to fit. It went pretty good all things considered. 

It started out as a shirt from Downeast Basics. I cut the bottom of the shirt off and used it to make ruffles along the neckline of the dress. Used some awesome elastic I found on Etsy- some sweet fabric from Joann's- and some buttons I found on clearance at Joann's as well.

It's kind of a combination of the Anthro Inspired Ruffle Shirt and the Polka Dot Dress, except I tried to mix things up by adding buttons to each side of the ruffle and made the skirt more fitted. 

I loved this apple fabric so much because of the feel of it- it's a knit, but its kinda nubby in texture and I thought it looked vintagey- like something my grandma would have used to sew with. 


But then I looked at the price tag and it was 12.99 per yard. Ouch! So I put it on my wish list and watched for it to go on sale for a few months. One day as I was browsing Joann's, I walked past this fabric and it was 60% off but there was barely any left of it. (Guess everyone loved it like I do too) So I snatched up the bolt and ran to the cutting counter to see if there was a full yard left. Luckily there was exactly a yard and so I took it!!!! Combined with my extra 20% coupon it cost roughly less than $4 per yard. Steal!

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57 comments:

  1. seriously. you are the cutest thing ever. i love this dress so much and i hope to see it for real on sunday. i love what you ended up doing with that fabric!

    what etsy store did you find your elastic on?

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  2. Wow! This is incredible! I would love to learn how to sew like this, but I think you need the creativity behind it:) You inspire me!

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  3. You did an amazing job! It's such a beautiful dress! It looks like you paid top $ for it. Very well done!!

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  4. Wow I LOVE IT! Great job! Following you from the HOP!.. Hope you can visit my lil blog and follow!

    http://ourlittleinspiration.blogspot.com

    Thanks,
    Angie

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  5. girl, you ROCK!!! You have inspired me to try to make one of these dresses out of 2 old ones that I have. As soon as I finish all the other major things on my to-do list, I'm going to try it out!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    Kelly

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  6. Saw this on TT&J and gasped out loud. So, so beautiful!!

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  7. WOW. Just. WOW!! This dress is A-MAZING. Good, good work!
    Jaimee @ craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

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  8. That dress is incredible, and you look incredible in it! Well done. I hope to sew that well some day.

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  9. That looks fantastic on you. Love how you designed it!

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  10. What a beautiful skirt and top. I love the pattern too. I am your newest follower and would love for you to link up to my linky party.

    www.blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com

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  11. I absolutely love this! You did a great job!

    I am your newest follower!

    Mary
    http://piccolajellyfish.blogspot.com

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  12. such a fantastic dress! it looks beautiful on you. You did an amazing job!

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  13. Oh my heck Ash- that dress is so CUTE!! AHHH! Love it!

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  14. The shirt part is adorable! I am pinning it as we speak!

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  15. Love this! Just pinned it! You did amazing!

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  16. SO cute. Love love love this dress. Great fabric. How lucky of you to find it and there was enough!!

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  17. This is just adorable! I've been looking for some apple fabric to make an apple dress/skirt for the first day of school (I'm teach middle school), and you've given me a lot of inspiration! I'm also your newest follower :)

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  18. So cute!!! I love it all - colour, pattern, everything! I have to smile reading the comment above - My Hubby just said that it looked a bit like a teacher's outfit (His mother is a teacher, and I was too before having kids). Either way - I think it looks just perfect on you. Well done! :)

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  19. Oh I love this one! Absolutely darling. And Ash...I don't think you could look less than gorgeous in anything!!!! :)

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  20. Oh my goodness! This is beautiful! Perfect! I came over from Mel's blog...it's fun to meet other bloggers. Love your creativity!

    Blessings & Aloha!
    ...following you now at #94, please come and visit and if you do, please leave a comment so that I know you were there.

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  21. This is SO CUTE! What a great job!!! Jealous of your skills!!

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  22. The dress is so pretty! I was browsing through your other sewing projects too and you have a lot of cool projects. Love your blog! :)

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  23. I'd say you rocked it! It looks fabulous on you too.

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  24. LOVE it!!! And you looked absolutely stunning it in!

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  25. I love this. Especially the top. so cute!

    I found you through Made By You

    Mondays and am your newest follower. Come check me out and follow back, too, if you're interested @ Carissa's Creativity Space

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  26. I love this dress! Makes me wish I tried harder and was any good at sewing! I think I will try to make something this weekend.

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  27. Very nice work!

    Carrie @ www.threepinkducks.blogspot.com

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  28. Love this, you really have great style. The top is perfect with the fitted skirt. Very inspiring.

    Jess
    acoupleofcraftaddicts.blogspot.com

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  29. Ashley! You are SOOOO talented. I subscribe to a lot of crafting blogs, but you have one of the best aesthetics I've seen. Everything is so tasteful and professional. Please keep up the good work! I will send all of my crafting buddies your way as well! :)

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  30. That is so stinkin' cute!! You look fabulous!

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  31. Wow! This is absolutely fantastic. I wish I knew how to sew-I'm hoping for a sewing machine for Christmas so I can start on the sewing fun as well. I would love it if you linked this up to my weekly link party Tutorial Tuesday

    Kari
    Newlyweds on a Budget

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  32. Stunning!! Saw your link at Not Just a Housewife :-) I am a new blogger and now a new follower!

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  33. This dress is gorgeous! I would like to attempt something like this someday. Thanks for sharing!

    www.yellowpocketboutique.com

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  34. oh wow, I loved the way this turned out and the color is great! and ps....super impressed with your bod......I'm afraid I may not have the right curves, but you are workin' it and I love it! Amy @ www.goodideasandtips.com

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  35. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!! The colors, the prints, the fit, the design--everything is just beautiful and perfect! I so want one, especially for the fall--well done!!

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  36. I love the outfit! So excited to be your newest follower.

    www.ribbonsandricrac.blogspot.com

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  37. Wow.. I wish I knew how to sew!! That dress looks awesome.

    I am hosting my first link-up party - Tea Time Thursdays @Kreative Korner. Would love to see some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see you!

    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2011/08/celebrating-one-party-time.html

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  38. Just stumbled upon your blog & so glad I did. Inspirational! I'm your newest follower! :)

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  39. Ash, not only is this dress super amazing and looks fantastic on you, but you couldn't be any cuter. or more talented. LOVE you!!

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  40. Wow, what an awesome dress! Love the buttons with the ruffles...

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  41. Your dress turned out so cute! I love the ruffle top!

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  42. love, love, love! Stop by and link up to Make It Wear It at TheTrainToCrazy.com!

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  43. Wow! That is the cutest dress/look I have seen in a long time (and I read sewing blogs daily). Something about the colors, the ruffles and the silhouette make this a stunning look. big Kudos!

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  44. Love the variation on the tee! Awesome job :)

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  45. I LOVE this dress! I so want to make myself clothes that look this good! Just found your blog and you are so inspiring to me!

    Amanda @ PandiolaLane.blogspot.com

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  46. Very, very pretty! You did a great job and it looks great on you!
    Jen

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  47. This dress turned out beautiful!! Great job!
    I will feature this at tomorrow's {nifty thrifty sunday}!!
    Can't wait to see what you'll share this week! ;)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  48. Your dress turned out amazing! Well done! It looks like you spent a fortune on it! I hope you will link up your dress at Savvy HomeMade Monday tomorrow! :)

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  49. I found you through The Train to Crazy blog :) This dress is GORGEOUS!!

    Desiree
    weeshareblog at gmail dot com

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  50. WOW!!! I cant decide which is my favorite....I will tell you that i want to wear this dress to church on Sunday... it's SO CUTE!

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  51. I love your new dress! You are one patient girl to wait months for that fabric to go on sale. It looks totally worth it!
    Jenny

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xoxo, Ashley