One reason I’m so excited to have my eBook done is that I can get back to regular sewing! Is it fair to say I’m slightly tired of spandex after having created just under 20 bathing suits the last 3 years? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I posted last year about how our family was moving, but I don’t think I mentioned we moved to the country! Finding the balance between practicality and style in my wardrobe has been challenging (just ask my sister Emma for some stories on experiments I’ve done! ๐Ÿ˜‰ but a lot of fun. This “city” girl hates to say it, but jumpers and gingham have made their way into my closet. ๐Ÿ˜›

The other day I was looking under my sister’s bed (a dangerous activity) for some yarn, but instead found some really ugly fabric- or at least that’s what I first thought when I pulled it out. A second look revealed that hey, this might actually be cute! So, I made this:

The inspiration for the style came halfway from, and halfway from the movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I love the girls’ quilt dresses that are fitted on top but splendidly poufy on the bottom and made of calicos and ginghams.

I made the pattern myself, using my bathing suit shirt pattern as a base for the bodice (adding darts in the front and back), and a gored skirt pattern for the skirt, omitting the gores… ๐Ÿ˜€

My favorite part of the dress, though, is the sleeves. This is my favorite sleeve style for summer, but I could never wrap my mind around how the pattern piece would look… until this week. ๐Ÿ˜€

And speaking of farm girl…

Yes , that is a sunburn on my neck. Photo editing did not exaggerate it. Oh, yes! And I put a zipper in the back with no difficulties!

I hope to be making many more summer dresses soon- they are practical and feminine for inside and outside chores! Plus, they are cool in these hot TN summers that we are not used to! What are you making to wear this summer?

18 thoughts on “|~ Fresh Farmgirl Dress”

  1. Very cute! I really like the gingham. (I've always been fond of the girls' picnic dresses in Seven Brides, too!) The combination of different patterns really worked well. I like the elements you choose to put together.

    Hope you're enjoying being a farm girl. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. That is so cute! I want to make my own dress patterns this summer as well. Incidentally, many of my inspirations are from modcloth! Great job on the sleeves to, they look really nice.

  3. Call me a nerd, but I've ALWAYS loved gingham, I love this dress, I got my nick-name 'farm-girl' in highschool (though I didn't wear gingham to school) but the boy saw it in me and nick named me it, that makes me smile, even though I am now 34, thats why I named my blog 'farmgirl at heart!'

    COURSE I love the dress.

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