Little Blue Dress

I’m back from a week of birthday celebration and a weekend of wireless relaxation. And then I spent all day yesterday at the beach with friends. It’s a tough life.

I have a few fun things to post about, including my most recent ikea hack, Eliot’s little bash, and the triathalon trip that Dave and I enjoyed. But first to buy me some time to edit the longer posts I thought I’d throw together the mash-up of instagram photos from my late night sewing last night. If you follow me on instagram or twitter, you got the play-by-play as I worked on this. If you don’t feel free to follow along! (@livefreemiranda)

Around 9:00 pm I began with a few yards of light blue chambray. Over the following three hours I whipped together a simple pattern inspired by this dress, sewed together the piped bodice, attached the skirt, secured the internal elastic casing, marked the button holes, and noticed sweet Milo sleeping nearby on the floor (keeping me company, I think!). Finally, I placed the buttons (using this tape tip from Megan Nielsen) and finished the hem.

This particular dress is custom made for a customer, who is using it as a maternity dress. But I love it so much I’m going to make another just like it for myself. It’s the perfect, easy fitting, comfortable, pulled-together, Little Blue Dress. Light weight for summer, but it will go into fall seamlessly with a cardigan and boots. Sigh. I love chambray. Side story: When I was in elementary school I saw a pile of Chambray shirts at ZCMI and I thought the name was so beautiful I decided I wanted to name a daughter Chambray! It’s in all of my old journals. Sometime over the last 20 years it’s made it’s way off the name list, but made it’s way onto the favorite fabric list. Probably better that way.

More and more I’m excited to wind down and go to bed after I get the boys to sleep. Especially since 6 am became the new 7 am in our house (I have no idea how that happened.) Once in awhile though, those late night sewing hours are really fun, and last night I loved to be able to focus on a project and finish it completely. This dress is the last of my custom orders for several weeks as I take some time off to catch up on my own projects (you know, like making myself a couple dresses…) and enjoy some stress-free family time. We’re even going to squeeze in a couple weeks in Utah. I’m excited to take some time to check back in with myself about how I spend my time and hopefully get organized enough to maintain sanity through the fall, when I’ve got a lot of sewing on my schedule. After that I’m planning on slowing WAY down and sleeping WAY more. We’ll see how that goes. Haha. Maybe wishful thinking, but I’m going to give it a valiant effort!

Have a wonderful summer Tuesday folks. I’ll catch up soon! xo


  1. Posted June 26, 2012 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    You “whipped up a pattern?” Even when I have a commercial pattern, I have anxiety about sewing clothing that will end up being wearable. This is because, so far, I have only actually achieved that feat once, almost — because the dress is only wearable with a safety pin holding the gaping neckline closed (FBA failure).

    Your story about wanting to name a daughter Chambray as a child reminded me of Beverly Cleary’s children’s book, Ramona the Pest. Did you read that when you were little? Ramona named her doll Chevrolet, after her grandmother’s car, because she thought that was the most beautiful name in the world. Love that book. 🙂

  2. Posted June 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Chambray….yeah, glad you got over it:)
    That was so fun last night see you’re step by step process. I’m seriously amazed by how fast you are, how do you do it?! When I draft something it seems like it takes forever–I think I just overthink it. It made me smile that we were both doing the same thing, although I did NOT finish. That chiffon was a beast, and I just started way too late..
    Can’t wait to actually see/meet you! It seems weird that we haven’t besides our Girl’s State days..

  3. Posted July 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    I love that dress. You should sell the pattern. It looks so comfortable.

    • Miranda
      Posted July 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

      Thank you! It was a totally winged one, so I’d have a lot of work to make it a pattern. It is really comfy, though, and now I wish I HAD a pattern to make myself one easily!

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