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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 Responses to kat dress

  1. Jenny 07.30.2013 at 11:47 pm #

    It’s fabulous.

  2. Jessica at Me Sew Crazy 07.30.2013 at 11:59 pm #

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

  3. gail 07.31.2013 at 1:09 am #

    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 07.31.2013 at 1:33 am #

    Totally rocked it!

  5. Sabs 07.31.2013 at 2:01 am #

    You look fab!

  6. {Leila}Where the Orchids Grow 07.31.2013 at 3:08 am #

    You are rocking this dress Anna! I love it!

  7. Schulz Family 07.31.2013 at 3:13 am #

    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. verykerryberry 07.31.2013 at 3:49 am #

    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 07.31.2013 at 5:03 am #

    Wonderful Dress. Looks gorgeous on you!

  10. Stitched Together 07.31.2013 at 5:29 am #

    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 07.31.2013 at 5:34 am #

    what a great summer dress!

  12. Stone Cottage Adventures 07.31.2013 at 5:38 am #

    Very pretty! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  13. Roslyn 07.31.2013 at 6:46 am #

    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. 07.31.2013 at 7:01 am #

    You are so good!

  15. Beverly 07.31.2013 at 7:53 am #

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

  16. Caitlin T. 07.31.2013 at 8:12 am #

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

  17. Tabet 07.31.2013 at 8:20 am #

    beautiful pics and a great outfit! :)

  18. Lucinda Poel 07.31.2013 at 8:42 am #

    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.

  19. Elsa 07.31.2013 at 8:45 am #

    Sweet dress ~ you look fab in it!

  20. Jeni 07.31.2013 at 8:45 am #

    So super cute! Looks awesome on you!

  21. Debbie 07.31.2013 at 9:25 am #

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

  22. Luch 07.31.2013 at 10:34 am #

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

  23. Rachel at Stitched in Color 07.31.2013 at 10:40 am #

    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.

  24. crafterhours 07.31.2013 at 11:34 am #

    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!

  25. Mary on Lake Pulaski 07.31.2013 at 11:39 am #

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

  26. Sew Much Ado 07.31.2013 at 12:13 pm #

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

  27. 07.31.2013 at 12:28 pm #

    What a beautiful dress! I love it!

  28. Madalynne 07.31.2013 at 12:32 pm #

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

  29. Martha 07.31.2013 at 1:26 pm #

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

  30. Katy Cameron 07.31.2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Very cute :o)

  31. luvinthemommyhood 07.31.2013 at 3:43 pm #

    gorgeous dahling!

  32. Marla 07.31.2013 at 5:55 pm #

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

  33. Joanna 07.31.2013 at 6:01 pm #

    Impressively quick work and great rendition, well done!

  34. Vanessa 07.31.2013 at 10:38 pm #

    That dress looks amazing – especially considering your time crunch!

  35. kristin 08.01.2013 at 1:40 am #

    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!

  36. Vicki 08.01.2013 at 1:54 am #

    How very, very cute!

  37. Truly Myrtle 08.01.2013 at 3:06 pm #

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

  38. Emily 08.02.2013 at 2:02 am #

    Wow! Beautiful! Love the tie too. :)

  39. Kari Biermann 08.02.2013 at 10:56 pm #

    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.

  40. Angela {fussycut} 08.03.2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Stunning! Looks amazing on you.

  41. Cindy 08.04.2013 at 9:38 am #

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

  42. sew katie did 08.08.2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Yeah! That looks awesome on you!

  43. Delia 08.10.2013 at 10:48 pm #

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

  44. Carolyn 08.11.2013 at 9:33 pm #

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

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