Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Denim Dress

My sister- in- law, who hasn't worn a dress since she retired twenty plus years ago , wanted a denim dress! I said I would use the new skills I've learned by watching Peggy Sagers' Webcasts to make her one.

I won't tell you that this project was an easy one. I had quite a few challenges to fit dear Doreen but in the end, she was satisfied and pleased with her dress. Here it is


The design is my own. I used various patterns with modifications.

The fabric is an 8 oz. cotton denim. ( I know. That's too heavy but Doreen chose it and I went along knowing it would be too stiff for the flared skirt she wanted). The result isn't bad really.

A few detailed shots.


The back.
  

The pockets.

The sleeves



I had hoped to get a pic of Doreen wearing it but I haven't gotten a chance .I do love seeing people in the garments they wear as I'm sure you do too, but oh well!!

That's it for this week. Happy Sewing from

12 comments:

Judith said...

Love the details on this dress. Did you do anything 'special' to make the top-stitching thread look so good???

Beverly said...

Love the style! Really looks great.

pdiddly said...

Diana you did a fantastic job on this dress, especially as it was made up from several different patterns. I bet she is thrilled to bits with it.

Diana said...

In reply to Judith, I used top stitching thresd by Gutterman and a size 16 denim needle .I always have to raise my tension quite high (7 or 8).That's it. Thank you ldies for your nice comments.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Diana - I love all the elements of this dress! The belt on the back, the special tuck on the sleeves, the pocket & topstitching all make this one gorgeous dress. I'm sure she will appreciate all of your hard work!

shams said...

Beautiful details and a beautifully made dress! 8oz doesn't sound so heavy to me for a dress.

Very nice!

Summer Flies said...

Diana that is a lovely dress. I really like the sleeve detail and the pockets. Bet your S.I.L looks great.

Andrea said...

Great looking dress, Diana! I love all the design details. Doreen is a lucky lady!

Vicki said...

You're a good sister in law. The dress turned out really nice. Great top stitching and details.

gwensews said...

You did a fantastic job on that dress. It is wonderful. I love the sleeve, and wonder if you pleated the sleeve simply as a design detail or to solve a fitting issue in the sleeve? Regardless, it's terrific.

Audrey said...

I really like the style details of this dress. And you say you combined them from several patterns. Wow, great job.

Gail said...

I'm sure your mother in law will be thrilled. Your top-stitching is impeccable.