A dress, for me!

I want to try making some dresses for myself, so I thought that it would be better to start with something that doesn’t need to be really fitted and seemed to me that a Japanese pattern would do the job.

The pattern I used is the view A from the Book “Stylish Dress Book”, just because it is not fitted but it uses darts which I also wanted to try.


Although my hips are a size 8, I made size 6 because I didn’t wanted it to be too large in the chest and I thought it had enough room for my hips 😉 I was right, there was plenty of room all-over. The pattern has the same height for all sizes (!!) and when I compared with one that I like the fit, realized that it was not necessary to add the hem allowance (I am not tall!), so that was the only change I made to the original.


The fabric is a cotton with navy blue and white stripes that at the time seemed good for the dress, but later a realized it should have been lighter.

In the book the dress is without a belt, but that way I would look like a little square, so I prefer to use it 😉


As you can see it has darts, which I made for the first time and although they are not very clear in the photo, I was pleased with how they turned out.


To summarize, I am not completely happy with it as you can see in the picture above it makes a bump in the front which I think might be because of the fabric weight, like mentioned before. As a positive point, I like the gathered part at the front and the darts and it was good to practice for the next one. Any way I think the dress is good enough to go to the beach or to use in those days of the summer holidays that are meant to do absolutely nothing! 🙂

Hope you are having a great week.

6 thoughts on “A dress, for me!

  1. I also sewed something from the Stylish Dress Book a little while ago and noticed the same thing that they are a bit too loose for my taste and I’ m going to wear those dresses with a belt as well. Based on the measurements I chose size M but then I made another with size S and I could easily fit in :).

    Your dress and the fabric colours look really good on you! And the darts and the gathered part give this dress a nice feminine touch. Well done!


    • fairiesbubblesco

      Thank you so much Krista 🙂 I am just starting to sew for myself and although I like the Japanese Style, I found this dress a bit too loose for me. I will have to keep looking and learn to make some adjustments 😉


  2. Patrícia

    Boa! O importante é aprender e tentar que aos poucos chegamos lá 😉 é manter a resolução de continuar a coser para ti! 😘😘😘


  3. Acho que ficou óptimo – é sempre mais complicado costurar para nós, mas sabe tão bem ver o resultado final (e provavelmente é uma questão de conseguirmos acertar com as medidas certas)!


    • fairiesbubblesco

      Muito obrigada Ana Sofia 🙂 Gosto muito do vestido e vou usar de certeza, mas a verdade é que ele faz um fole na parte da frente. Talvez com um tecido mais leve ficasse melhor.
      Tens toda a razão, é muito bom costurar para nós 😉

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