kat dress

I had planned for at least a couple months to make a dress for a friend’s upcoming wedding.  Of course I waited until the day before to start cutting pieces and then put off actually sewing the dress until the day of the wedding.  Good thing it was a late afternoon wedding! And yes, it was me who was hemming the dress as my family was walking out the door to go.

I had picked out my favorite print from Julia Rothman’s Miscellany collection for Cloud 9 a long time ago to someday make into a dress or top.  I had also bought the Kat Dress Pattern from Grainline a long time ago just for kicks.  Sensing a theme?  I knew this would probably be one of my only opportunities to make a fancy dress for myself.  Boning? Check! Never tried it before, sounded intimidating, but it was so fun – no sweat!

I did make a couple muslins of the top, I was pretty worried about getting the fit right, but it’s great.  I also knew I’d never feel totally comfortable with a strapless dress, so I added some thin straps as I was sewing, and just ended up tying them behind my neck.

[looks like someone needs to buy some hook + eye closures]

And, in my typical fashion, I somehow took a wrong turn and ended up with a finished dress but with a couple exposed seams on the inside.  I didn’t care though, but if I make the dress again I have to figure out where I went wrong.  The dress was still super comfy to wear.

I also made a tie for my husband.  It was kind of fun, nothing too difficult, lots of hand sewing.  He liked it, wore it, even spilled on it. Good thing it’s cotton.

Pattern:  Kat Dress by Grainline
Size: 8, some bust adjustments, added straps, skipped the colorblocking
Fabric: Candy Trees by Julia Rothman for Cloud 9 Fabrics
Tie: Purl Bee Father’s Day Tie Tutorial

44 thoughts on “kat dress

  1. Jenny says:

    It’s fabulous.

  2. Anna – this is GORGEOUS!!! So love that dress, looks like something straight from Anthro…that I want!

  3. gail says:

    hubba hubba!! you’re gorgeous, anna! that fabric is so unique and beautiful, perfect for the dress. and a matching tie?! you’re amazing 🙂

  4. Poppyprint says:

    Totally rocked it!

  5. Sabs says:

    You look fab!

  6. You are rocking this dress Anna! I love it!

  7. wow there is no way I could make a dress the morning of the wedding. that is amazing. The dress is pretty spectacular too. Love it

  8. Great fit on the bodice, and I love that you were making it up to the last minute- I have done that sooo many times!

  9. Nilya says:

    Wonderful Dress. Looks gorgeous on you!

  10. That is a gorgeous dress and the fabric choice is perfect. Hard to believe you made it in such a short time frame. I wish it didn’t take me months to finish clothes!

  11. Eva says:

    what a great summer dress!

  12. Very pretty! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  13. Roslyn says:

    Stunning – fabric and pattern are a perfect combo. Sounds like you were so calm under pressure, I would have been freaking out on the morning of the wedding!

  14. Beverly says:

    You look so cute in that dress!!Good job.

  15. Caitlin T. says:

    Gorgeous! It looks great on you and it’s such a fun fabric choice!

  16. Tabet says:

    beautiful pics and a great outfit! 🙂

  17. Lucinda Poel says:

    you look beautiful! Great job on the dress – and tie as well:) It’s a lovely print that clearly works for both male and female attire.

  18. Elsa says:

    Sweet dress ~ you look fab in it!

  19. Jeni says:

    So super cute! Looks awesome on you!

  20. Debbie says:

    Super cute, yes! And I love that you made hubs a coordinating tie! 😉

  21. Luch says:

    So gorgeous! I love yours way better than the one shown with the pattern! Great fabric too!

  22. What a great print for that dress! The straps are a good call. I think they make it prettier, actually. Way to go on tackling boning.

  23. crafterhours says:

    oh man, I love it!! I’ve looked at that pattern countless times but never pulled the trigger because I’d never seen it made by a “real” person. Now I’m so tempted – you made it look fab!

  24. You look just awesome in that dress Anna! Great job!

  25. Sew Much Ado says:

    Love this Anna! And what a perfect fit, it looks awesome on you. Pretty curls too!

  26. sewbon.com says:

    What a beautiful dress! I love it!

  27. Madalynne says:

    Whoa! You are a speedy seamstress. You go girl! Glad you made the wedding in time and with a man to match!

  28. Martha says:

    Anna the dress is beautiful and you look gorgeous wearing it.

  29. Marla says:

    I thought about making ties but though they would look odd constructed out of 100% cotton as opposed to silk. What do you think?

  30. Joanna says:

    Impressively quick work and great rendition, well done!

  31. Vanessa says:

    That dress looks amazing – especially considering your time crunch!

  32. kristin says:

    wow it’s aweeeeesome. i hadn’t noticed this dress until jen did her maxi version recently, but now it’s on my “someday to sew” list…looks so great on you, love the tie too!

  33. Vicki says:

    How very, very cute!

  34. Truly Myrtle says:

    Looks wonderful – the morning of the wedding!!!?!! Crazy (but very clever) lady 🙂

  35. Emily says:

    Wow! Beautiful! Love the tie too. 🙂

  36. Oh my gosh. Is there anything you can’t do?? Love the dress! Do you have a pattern you like for ties? The husband would melt if I made him one.

  37. Stunning! Looks amazing on you.

  38. Cindy says:

    Really cute, Anna! Looks gorgeous on you! Love the tie too!:)

  39. Yeah! That looks awesome on you!

  40. Delia says:

    You are gorgeous. Love it with the straps and that fabric is perfect!

  41. Carolyn says:

    This looks absolutely amazing on you! Perfect fit! Perfect fabric choice!

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