Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Red dress contest entry

Whew. Sewing with one leg is a challenge! It's not the actual sitting and sewing though. It's the pinning and ironing and finding where the seam ripper went that killed me. And yes, I am sweating in the photos...and clinging to the mantel so I wouldn't fall!

This is my official entry to the Red Dress Contest. If you like it please vote for it. If you don't, there are some amazing entries that you have to check out and vote for them!

Notice how well my neighbor cut my fancy new black boot out the picture? Notice just the tip of my scooter? She should be a photographer to the gimpy full time! I made a red Colette Peony out of a twill I got super cheap at Joann's. Since this isn't a difficult pattern I really focused on the insides of this dress.

This version fits a little better. I took out a horizontal dart on the back bodice and lengthened my back top darts while letting out my front bodice darts along my waistline.

Now the good part...

The entire dress has been French seamed. This is the front bodice. The sleeve and waistline as well as the side seams are French. I also finished the raw edge of the neck facing with a pretty lace.

Here is a closeup of the facing as well as the arm seam. Gosh, it looks pretty doesn't it?

As a matter of fact that is a French seamed pocket! How nice of you to notice.

And the waste line seam. I am really proud of this dress. It fits great, but more importantly I am very proud of the inside. This is the most care I have put into a garment, and I can't wait to wear it.

By the way, if you haven't made a Peony, you should. It is such an easy dress and so cute.


  1. What a fantastic job ... The inside is wonderful.. I love,love red...My favorite color.. And the peony pattern ,is so pretty..I have not bought it yet.. I have most of the colette patterns.. and this is making me want it to..ha
    happy sewing.

  2. Great job! This looks so nice on you!

  3. Nice job on the dress! It looks lovely on you, and the finished inside looks just as pretty! I like the lace trimmed neckline facing.

    I saw the pocket picture and immediately thought 'is that a French Seamed pocket??!', and then you answered me in the next paragraph. :D I don't know how you did it, but it looks great!

  4. Your dress looks great! I don't know how you did it with one leg. I am right now going thru the same thing and I get exhausted just getting up and down from the machine, so I pretty much haven't accomplished any sewing but your go girl.... it's beautiful.