Thursday, November 11, 2010

Little Dress on the Prarie

by Kimberlee

I DID IT!!!!!  I finished my very first real live dress.  The design is McCalls's M5925 (without Adding 'McCall's to the M5925, Google gives you strange things,seriously try it), which I bought at one of JoAnn's $.99 sales, and fell into obsession with immediately - moving it to the top of my sewing chart.

hanging out by the porch corn

I used the arms from A and the body from C, though I think I'll go for a straight B or D in a plain flannel or supersoft cotton next time, like broadcloth, rather than the for-quilts cotton I used this time. But I do love the pattern and colors,and I'm sure it will soften up with a few more washes.

PLUS, I really learned how to sew long stitches and make ruffles, not to mention matching nap.  The plaid on both designs was pretty easy, as it was alike both upside down and right side up AND left to right.  But back to those ruffles...

ruffles across the chest, in the sleeves and in the skirt

all across the back!

All in all, I'm thrilled with how it turned out.  I think with all this ruffle practice, I am definitely making my petticoat skirt and a ruffled pillow next.  But before that, let me show you my awesome hat (a friend of my friend Tara knitted the flower).

How much does this hat kick ass?




  1. Kudos, Kimberlee! Love both the hat and the dress.

  2. Congratulations! Matching plaid can be one of the most time consuming things. Looks great!

  3. The hat totally rocks that dress ;) I'm sad...I have 3 lovely knitted hats in my closet, but they're too big for my head. If only but a smidge. I'm planning to make the blue one and brown one work this year, regardless. And mourn the loss of the pink *sniff*

    (sorry, rambled, all alone on a Sunday morning...that'll do it to me hehe)

  4. Tara,
    You could always cover an elastic with fabric, and run it through the edge of the hat, or just use regular yarn or a ribbon to do the same and cinch the hat. This hat is a little loose too, so I am going to be doing one of the techniques.

    Thank you for reading!


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