Monday, August 8

DIY: Mendocino Sundress

Presenting to you my latest sewing project -- a Mendocino Sundress. I made the dress using the Heather Ross' easy-to-understand pattern of the same name, and with the help of Michelle at Spool in Philadelphia. (Hi Michelle!) The green and yellow cotton fabric was also purchased at Spool.

The dress is fairly simple to construct; the hardest part is sewing the smocked top part, which requires lots o'elastic thread and even more patience. If you've sewn with elastic before, you know the fabric is prone to bunch up as you sew and that the elastic thread has to be constantly re-wound on the bobbin. That said, I still intend to make this dress again.

S.S.W. Asks: Have you DIY-ed lately?



Miss Cupcake said...

You did great!!! It's so cute!!!

I really need to learn how to sew!!!


LyddieGal said...

Shirring is so simple! It's crazy how easy it is to make cute dresses and skirts with the technique.

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FashionLifeCoach said...

...unfortunatly nothing lately. Well done by the way.And a look to my tailoring dummy-> waisting for me to get something draped. later, FashionLifeCoach

Heavenly Housewife said...

Wow, I am super impressed. I wish i could sew.
*kisses* HH

{The Perfect Palette} said...

cute dress! the color is so perfect.

xoxo, chrissy
The Perfect Palette

Josie said...

Can't believe you did this solo -- way to go!
xo Josie

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

You did a great job, looks really cute!

The Blonde Duck said...

What a great idea! You're so talented!

la petite coquine said...

I'm so impressed-it's darling!

Oh my Dior! said...

I wish I could sew so well!

*Glam Chameleon* said...

Maybe it's easy to construct but u did awesome job, this dress is perfect for the summer!:)

lucylu. said...

SOO CUTE! :) nice job.


That Chelsea Girl™ said...

You did an excellent job! I wish I was better at sewing. Next hobby goal, for sure! Take care.

AnneBallo said...

Just stumbled across your blog! I followed :) This is a great DIY project. I'm always looking for the next thing to get my hands into!

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Selma *Crazy Little World Of Mine* said...

Love the color!!! :D

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Gayatri said...

I don't DIY at all because I'm afraid I'll massacre things!!!! But your dress is super cute and the color is so fun :)