October 14, 2010

Dress Design for Shabby Apple Dresses

This is my Shabby Apple dress design for Shabby Apple Dresses. I have been thinking about making this dress for a long time, and finally got started when I found out about Shabby Apple's Dare to Design contest.

The inspiration for this dress came from "the t-shirt". I wanted a comfortable, casual cotton knit dress that I could wear every day. 

The top starts like a regular t-shirt and flares out into an A-line skirt. Drawstrings tie on the sides for a more fitted look.

I used elastic thread to shirr the sleeves. I had never used it before and I love the way the sleeves turned out. 

I had fun making this dress. I have altered patterns many times, but this was my first time sewing a piece of clothing with my own pattern. I think this dress would also look nice in a solid color with some applique design on the skirt. That is what I am going to try next!

Thanks to my sister Abigail for her wonderful photography!


  1. I LOVE it!! So beautifully done. Have you ever considered selling dresses? I know it's hard for me to find them.

  2. Alison, it's adorable! Do you think you could enlarge the pattern for me? I would love a dress like that!

  3. Thanks, y'all!

    I do want to try selling dresses after I get my pattern graded (made into more sizes).

  4. I LOVE IT! it is so cute.♥

    Anna Silverberg

  5. ♫Love it♫!!!
    Rachel ♥

  6. Very cute!I would love to have a pattern like that!


  7. So pretty! You did an excellent job making it.

  8. I really like that dress!! It is so cute and modest! It is also VERY cute(I am a total freak over pink!!!)! I would love to make one of those!
    I also like to make my own patterns and try and make things I see in magazines! It is such fun to see how it turns out!!

    Sami(came over from Bramblewood fashion)

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