I’m gearing up to sew this summer. I literally have not sewn a complete dress for 12 years. I sewed a Marilyn Monroe white dress for my cousin for Halloween back in 2000. I clearly remember cursing through the whole process. I also remember thinking — no wonder fine clothing is so expensive — this is hard!!! I’m going to start by sewing a version of the Swirl wrap dress. Partly because I love this style of dress but also because there is no zipper or sleeves involved.
I am getting ahead of myself but I already did buy fabric. I just had to. I bought this fabric by Sarah Watts.
I initially thought that I could sew a dress using vintage sheets but when I shopped around I couldn’t find anything I liked. I’ll keep looking. The green dress below is made from a vintage sheet. I found it on Flickr. I love it. I’d live in that dress. Both the dresses below are made by Wendy Hill.
These dresses below are also made with vintage sheets. I think they are absolutely stunning. They would look especially fabulous if they were worn by a gaggle of bridesmaids. They were designed and created by Naughty Shorts.
And if all that isn’t enough inspiration for you — I’m also thinking of trying to knock-off the tie-front Mociun dress. It has the same ease as the Swirl wrap dress.
There are a lot of sewing ladies on the interwebs doing their best to make their own version of that dress. My favorite version is made by Sarah over on I wish I were Nancy Drew.
One last thing. Remember when I wrote about how Lynda.com is the best new thing in the world? Well — it still is, BUT I have discovered another best new thing — Creativebug. Creativebug is like Lynda.com but for crafters. I’m pretty sure I’ll watch some instructional videos before I start sewing.