kat dress

7.30.2013

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 comments :

  1. Anna - this is GORGEOUS!!! So love that dress, looks like something straight from Anthro...that I want!

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

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

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  4. 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

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  5. 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!

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  6. Wonderful Dress. Looks gorgeous on you!

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  7. 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!

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  8. what a great summer dress!

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  9. Very pretty! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  10. 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!

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

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  12. Gorgeous! It looks great on you and it's such a fun fabric choice!

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  13. Hey,
    beautiful pics and a great outfit! :)
    Love
    Tabea
    http://wolkedrei.blogspot.de/

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  14. 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.

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  15. Sweet dress ~ you look fab in it!

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  16. So super cute! Looks awesome on you!

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  17. Super cute, yes! And I love that you made hubs a coordinating tie! ;-)

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

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  19. 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.

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  20. 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!

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

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

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  23. What a beautiful dress! I love it!

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

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

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

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  27. Impressively quick work and great rendition, well done!

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  28. That dress looks amazing - especially considering your time crunch!

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  29. 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!

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

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  31. Wow! Beautiful! Love the tie too. :)

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  32. 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.

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

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

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  35. This looks absolutely amazing on you! Perfect fit! Perfect fabric choice!
    Swoon...

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