Sunday, 14 February 2016

The Valentine's Day Dress (which didn't get worn on Valentine's Day...)

Hey everyone! 

In my last post I mentioned I was planning on sewing a dress for Valentine's Day. Truth be told, I'm not really a big fan of Valentine's Day, I find all the lovey-dovey celebration a little too much for my slightly socially awkward personality. However, this year my boyfriend talked me into going on a triple date with two of his best friends and their girlfriends, so I felt as though I should make a bit of an effort. 

Having said that, once the dress was finished, I did a complete U-turn on what I wanted to wear! Isn't that always the way? So this dress wasn't actually worn on my date tonight, but I'm still mentally referring to it as the Valentine's Day dress. 

This is the Babydoll Dress from Christine Haynes' book 'Skirts and Dresses for First Time Sewers'. I made it up in a floral patterned needlecord (yes, my current obsession with corduroy shows no sign of stopping yet...) and made the smallest size, as per usual. 

A word of warning: this dress runs large. I know the style is supposed to be somewhat oversized, but when I came to put it on I felt like I was wearing a tent! Luckily, a belt easily fixed the problem. I also shortened the full length sleeves, as I felt keeping them as drafted would be a little too much. 

I was a little unsure about the shoulders at first, they are very 'poofy', but after some consideration I decided I actually quite like them. They're a bit of a change from my usual style. I also asked a friend if he thought it looked nice, and he said 'I like the way the shoulders look' with no prompting from me, so I'll take that as a win. 

Overall, I'm really pleased with the way this dress turned out even if I didn't actually wear it for what it was planned for. It's also my first completed sewing project since early January, so a nice simple way to ease me back into making :) 

Thank you for reading, and I hope that wherever you are, whatever you're doing and whoever you're with, you have a lovely Valentine's Day, whether you're in a relationship or not. 

Beth x


  1. Happy Valentine's Day!
    I think the dress looks beautiful. It's got a very cute silhouette.
    I love it!
    Much love,

    1. thank you Mona! happy valentine's day :) x

  2. Love this! Really like the sleeves and it looks so cosy. X

    1. thank you Fiona! i agree, there is something lovely and cosy about needlecord :) hope you are well x