2013-04-01

The Quilted Chevron Dress - PR&P week 2 (and sew-vivor week 3)

If you've been reading my blog, you surely know that all I've been sewing lately has been created with fabric and supplies that I already had. I made a commitment of using what I have, before I buy any more. Why am I talking about that again? Well because it is The Riley Blake Chevron Week at Project Run and Play, and I didn't have any chevron fabric at all. 

My first thought, was turning this fabric into a chevron pattern, but then I had the last week of Sew-vivor sewalong in mind too, which theme is quilting. Well, I'm not a huge quilter, I don't even own a rottary cutter for sake, but I thought it was an excellent idea to combine those two themes into one project to allow me to sew along both challenges, saving me some precious time. Now even more, since I am competing for The Sew Off


I kept this dress pretty simple on the pattern. I used Emma Hardy's book cover pattern, but I had to adjust it to what I wanted. I really like the book, the good pictures and instructions, but I'm not so happy with the pattern sizes, just as I mentioned here.

What is there to mention about my dress then? The chevron quilting, of course.


This time I used left overs from a blue cotton sheet that I used in the past to make baby slings, and also a scrap of floral printed cotton too. I created a single chevron line all around the bottom of the dress. I choose not linning it except for the strap of patchwork. This was my second time quilting, I am terrified of doing it. 


Again I completed the look with non-mommie-made pieces. White tights, a simple white sweatshirt and a blue cardigan were the pieces I used to complete the look. We tried to get some pictures without the cardigan, but it was getting windy and cold again and we didn't want to risk it. Nothing's worth my kid getting sick, right?!


Again I went with something that already fits and might fit for quite a while still. The straps are adjustable and quite long to grow as she does. She looks terrible cute in it!

28 comments:

  1. So adorable! That light blue colour is gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks dear! I just realised I sew a lot of blue for baby G. ...ooppssss

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  2. Adorable! Such a clever idea to make your own chevron! I wish I had thought of it, I went on a crazy fabric hunt. Your little girl looks so sweet in the dress. Great job!

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    1. Thank you! As I mentioned above I have to use from my stash and that also makes you get creative!

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  3. So cute and very clever indeed! I love the floral of the chevron!

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    1. thank you. I love that floral too and I had just enough for this dress.

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  4. What a cute dress!!! I love the vintage vibe and the modern chevron at the bottom, super adorable!

    -Ash P
    http://distractedashley.blogspot.com

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  5. Love your idea! She does look adorable in it too! :D

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    1. Thank you! She was pretty happy wearing it =D

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  6. Very pretty! I love how you pieced the chevron together and chose such a soft, sweet floral!

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  7. Muitos parabéns pelo vestido!
    Duas curiosidades:
    - Também tenho esse livro e no projecto da semana passada comecei por usar um molde dele mas o vestido ficou tão grande que tive que fazer um novo! Mas adoro os modelos. Normalmente faço o tamanho abaixo do indicado.
    - Também estou a costurar usando os tecidos que tenho em casa. Até agora tenho conseguido...

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    1. Obrigado Marta! Acho que já tinha lido sobre o livro no teu blogue, tal cm tu, adoro o livro, mas os moldes deixam um pouco a desejar. Quanto a não comprar nada, foi a minha primeira resolução do ano e até agora está a correr muito bem.

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  8. very cute!! I love the sweet floral fabric and how you used it around the arms and the ties as well as the chevrons.

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  9. I still really love that it is pieced chevron! I want to try it someday. And the color is so sweet and perfect for your little girl.

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    1. Thank you Al. It's really easy, and the results are very pretty so you should try it.

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  10. Oh that's beautiful! I love the quilting detail you added! Good luck in the competition!
    Thanks for linking up!

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  11. Very cute. Great idea quilting the chevron pattern!
    -liZ

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  12. Hello,

    I also bought this book and today i sewed the hat, but it was faaaaar to big for my kids. I also love this book but there is some trouble with the patterns. What was your trouble with the baby shoes?

    Br from vienna!
    Ines

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    1. Hello ines,
      I'm glad to know I'm not the only one finding those patterns extra large... even though this is a wonderful book.
      The problem with the baby shoes pattern was that it turned out too baggy for my niece's little feet. They fit on size but then are too wide =( I haven't tried to adjust the pattern to make a new pair though!

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  13. One more question, do you think the baby shoes are very difficult to sew ? I would count myself as a beginner but i had no trouble with the hat.

    Have a nice weekend!

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    1. then I think you wouldn't have any problems with the shoes. I found them pretty easy! If you make them let me know, I'll like to see them. =) Have a nice weekend too.

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