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Dress on a whim

I woke up this morning and wanted a new dress to wear. So naturally I just made one! Usually I don’t like to leave projects half finished before starting a new one, but I really wanted a new dress. (Sorry Hazel, you’ll just have to wait!)

I used New Look pattern 6022, but put my own twist on it by adding pockets and not following the sewing instructions. (Ha! What else is new…)

I bought this pattern because there were no buttons, no zippers, and no interfacing involved! I wanted something I could just pull over my head and be done with it. Technically this pattern is supposed to have a key hole at the back neck, but who needs that? Not me!

I sewed up the back, sans the key hole (the neck opening is plenty wide enough with out it), and added my own pockets using the piece from my Hazel muslin. I ended up cutting out the smallest size because this dress has a whopping 6.5 inches of ease!! If I had more fabric, I would have cut the back piece on the fold and not had an unnecessary seam there. But alas, I was trying to stash bust and therefor had to cut the back as instructed.

This dress is super comfy, but somehow the front piece is wider than the back pieces, so the pockets take me a second to find. I’m not sure if this is something I did, or if this is just one of those weird patterns. I might know if I actually looked at the directions…

Oh hey, pack of bias tape and 2 yards of fabric from my stash: BUSTED! I’m really trying to whittle down my “OMGz Joann’s is having a sale!” fabric/notions. …I have a lot of it.

I always like to take my newest sewing creations for a walk to see how they wear. Of course Lucille has to come along too!

She likes to stop and smell the flowers. We all should do more of that I think 🙂


What did you do/make this weekend?

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  • Suzy Marie

    Please can you come and live in England and make me beautiful dresses like this one? 🙂

  • Really cute! Love the little flowers and the pleats at the neckline!

  • Josiana Carneiro

    That is a really lovely dress!! I just recently found your blog but I’m already a fan!
    And Lucille is such a cute and photogenic dog! =D
    Greetings from Portugal!

    • Wow, thank you! Thanks for taking the time to say hello. Lucille just loves new fans 😉

  • scruffybadger

    What a gorgeous one-day dress! I love the neckline tucks coupled with the bias -it’s got a gorgeous retro fel to it. Very nice stash busted!!!

  • Pretty dress! Is it creepy that I saved the last pic of Lucille to my computer because it makes me smile so much?

    • Not creepy at all! I’m happy she makes you smile. Just please give her cute little face proper credit if you decided to share it 😉

      • Don’t worry I won’t pretend she’s my cute girl, though I wish she was! If I ever dust off the old blog I shall point all 2 of my followers to you lovely blog and sweet girl.

        • I’m always looking for new blogs to read! Feel free to direct me to yours if you’d like 🙂

  • Casey

    I love the fabric you used! So great to bust out a project quickly like that, isn’t it? Sadly, I didn’t get any sewing done this weekend, but have plans to tackle some this evening. 😉

    Lucille is such a sweetie! 🙂

    • Thank you! I’m really loving instant gratifications projects lately.
      Lucille says thank you 😉

  • CuckooChanel

    What a whim!!! Really sweet, and very cool stash bust. I could just kiss Lucille to death. Great photos.

    • I don’t think Lucille would mind that at all 😉

  • Lindsey H

    Hooray for cute, simple dresses! Also that picture of Lucille is the cutest! She looks so happy. 🙂

  • Adorable! I love this dress, particularly the color and the sweet tucks at the neckline. Super cute! And way to stash-bust!

  • Lovely! I’m always mistrustful of patterns which don’t have buttons or zips (will they *really* go past my hips?!) but you might be bringing me round with this one. The fabric’s gorgeous, too.

    • You should give it a try! I believe this fabric is still at Joann’s.

  • kristenmakes

    I love those instant gratification projects! Looks fab!

  • Sarah

    Hooray for pretty new dresses! 🙂 Yours is lovely and your fancy new hair is super cute, too!

    • Thank you! Oh you know, nothing like pulling some old hair out of the closet along with your shoes haha! 😉

  • craftingarainbow

    It’s really cute! I totally get that feeling too, of wanting something new, RIGHT NOW! That’s why I have 5 sleeveless Pendrells – That baby makes up fast! I’ve actually worn both of my one-and-one-half versions of this 6022 this weekend… It’s such a comfy dress!
    The fabric is really making me think of Flea Market Fancy – Is it? Regardless, it’s lovely! 🙂

    • It’s a popular re-print fabric from Joann’s actually. Which is why it’s been in my stash for so long! It was too “cheap” feeling to put a lot of effort behind it, ya know? This was the perfect project for it! I’m a fan of Flea Market Fancy though! I think Denyse Schmidt’s newest line, Chicopee, that due out soon (or already?) is WAY cute! If you haven’t seen it yet you should do a quick search cuz I think you’d love it 🙂

  • Angie

    Such a fun dress! I rarely wear dresses, but I do love them on other people… and I do want to find my own dress style! P.S. I also LOVE your shoes, like oh my god. P.S.S. Lucille is so damn gorgeous!

    • Thank you! It takes bit to figure out your dress style. I’m still trying to figure it out! I got my shoes at Target, though a few years ago so I’m not sure if they still have them. I think Blowfish shoes has near identical ones season after season. Check there? And thank you, I think my baby is very beautiful 🙂

  • Maddie964

    Wow! I can’t believe you finished this project in a day! Bravo lady! More and more, or as I get older (I’m not that old), I’m gravitating towards simpler silhouettes. Although they are easier to sew and I kind of consider them kind of sewing cheating, I think they are the most flattering.

    • I totally felt like I was cheating today! I’m trying to get into more “organic” silhouettes, if that makes sense. Simple for sure.

  • Normally I’m not that into shift dress sorts of things but I really love this one. I wonder if it would look as cute on a curvier gal (though if it means I’d have a finished dress in a day I think I would be OK if it wasn’t quiet as cute as this!). The belt totally makes it too. And Lucille probably helps ; )

    • You should try it! I think with a belt if would be very flattering on ANY size. It gets a little “bag lady-esque” on me with out the belt lol. But I have to admit it was nice to finish a project in less than half a day with no zippers to fuss with!! I want more projects like this.

      • craftingarainbow

        You be the judge – I’m definitely curvier than Rochelle! I blogged about my first version here:
        I really like this pattern. I did curve the side seams in a bit at the waist, and in my second version I added an extra set of pleats at the top to curve over the “ladies”. As a bonus, the pattern also has two really cute sleeve options! I say give it a try!

        • See! That’s SO cute! Gorgeous version. I love it in denim 🙂

          • craftingarainbow

            Thanks! And I forgot to say earlier, love the curly hair today! 🙂

          • Thank you 😉

  • jill

    Very cute 🙂 And, I really like how you styled it, the belt and shoes are perfect to keep it fresh looking. Um, you know that your dog steals the show, though, right?? Haha, the pitties are the best. Mine likes to go under bushes, and stick his head out, I call him jungle dog.

    • Thanks! And yes, I’m aware that Lucille totally steals the show! She’s how I lure people onto my blog mwahaha 😉 She makes me look cuter in photos too lol. But in all seriousness she’s my best friend and the most amazing companion. Pits are the most loyal epic goofballs in animal history and I love them. I’d like to see your jungle dog 🙂

  • Kim

    I love this! So adorable! I think I will also invest in that pattern! Sometimes you just need to be able to make a dress on a whim! 🙂

    • Thank you! Yeah it only took me an hour or two from start to finish, and that includes taking the pattern out of it’s envelope and cutting it! As I mentioned, I totally left off all the bells and whistles, but I bet it’s just as quick of a make if you follow the instructions 🙂

  • Lizzy

    Very cute – and good stash busting! Your dog is SO cute I want to kidnap it!!
    I finished Cambie View B ( so cute my teeth hurt) and stared cutting out View B. Sewaholic sizing is perfect for me – size 0 fit straight out of the envelope – no alterations required!

    • I’ve been meaning to get my hands on Cambie! SUCH a cute dress. Hopefully I’ll have good luck with the sizing too.

      Poor Lucille is a rescue dog, and was actually kidnapped by a shelter employee before I met her! Can you believe it?! Who knows why they chose to steal her and not adopt her, but I’m so glad they didn’t! Best money I ever spent was on that pup’s adoption fee 😉