Last summer I won a blog contest for $80 to CSN stores. I was so excited and after several days of browsing all the things CSN has to offer I finally chose my Brother sewing machine.
It has been the perfect little machine for use around my home. I am by no means a seamstress, but I enjoy doing small home projects and mending things if I can.
However, a few months ago I saw a little girl's dress at Joann Fabrics that I fell in love with. I got ambitious and bought the pattern packet and all the necessary supplies.
It's been sitting in my corner of craft store bags since the day I brought it home.
Enter alone time and the list. I wanted Riley to be able to wear the dress at least once this summer so I decided to tackle it.
I have to say, I much prefer sewing without a pattern. It took me so much longer to finish because I've never sewn from a pattern before and I had to educate myself on how to use it, via youtube videos and other online tutorials.
I also have to say I don't consider this OTC. I spent about $15 on the fabric, buttons, thread, and pattern. Factor in the amount of time that it took me to sew this and it would have been cheaper and easier to just get a dress from Target.
But the end product is pretty darn cute and one of a kind. Even if I can't get the right child to model it.
Ha, ha, ha.
Please excuse the mountain of clean laundry on my table.
A view of the back.
I was able to do some repairs to a couple of Riley's dresses and pillowcases too, including the little gray and yellow dress she's wearing in that photo.