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I haven’t had as much time to sew lately because I’ve been busy with a million other things. So my vacation to Utah gave me a chance to relax and do some things I normally don’t have time to do, but of course I couldn’t bring my machine.

Luckily, my husband’s family is full of seamstresses and conveniently, a family-owned sewing machine store, so coming across one to borrow wasn’t too hard.

Patriotic DressOne of his cousins lent me one of her extras (funny, I know!) so I could whip up a pattern I’d been dying to try.

I bought a bunch of patriotic fabric on sale for $4 at Hancock Fabrics and was saving it in hopes to make an easy dress. Adelaide’s Boutique, which I LOVE and have bought numerous dresses from just started releasing her patterns, and her first one came out just in time.

This is her Strappy Dress Pattern. I love it because there’s no crazy cut outs I needed to make before starting, the pattern was all rectangles so I just went by her measurements. If you’ve been thinking about sewing or are intimidated by the thought, let me tell you, if I can do it, so can you. So give it a shot!

I altered it a little to add a hem band to the bottom since I had a 4th fabric I wanted to use, and I think it came out great!

Oh, and this was my first time (successfully) experimenting with shirring. The pattern has excellent step-by-step directions to get through it. It was nice to try it this was versus stringing elastic through the bodice.

It still took me about 4 hours total (I always underestimate my speed) but it wasn’t hard at all.

Whatcha think?

If you couldn’t tell, we had a blast in Utah. All these were taken on one day. We went to a hot air balloon fest, watched a parade, and watched fireworks that night (which she fell asleep during, silly girl). The next (5) day(s) she kept describing the few fireworks she did see by jumping up and down and saying “Works go BOOM! Up in the skies! Say BOOM! … I cover my ears.” It was so cute, I’ll have to video record it. More on my birthday girl soon. But it’s good to be home!


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Sara says:

Such a cute dress! I can’t wait to start making A some dresses!

Sharon says:

That dress was adorable and Baby J wore it well!

Jessica says:

Seriously, the cuteness factor here is off the charts. You know that girl could wear anything and look uber adorable. But, as someone who knows absolutely zero about sewing, that dress is very impressive. Way to go Mama!

YUMMommy says:

I miss my sewing machine. I have to get a new one so that I can start making stuff for Moo & JJ. Glad J enjoyed the fireworks and the dress is adorable.

Delora says:

I love the picture of the two of you at the end. You’re smiling for the camera and looking gorgeous as always, and J is all “oooh… sparkler…”

Laura says:

I LOVE the picture of her getting her little toes done! That last shot of you two is a great one too!

Emily says:

Cute!! I could NEVER make anything like that- you are so talented!!

Emily I’m sure you could!! Seriously I never thought I’d be sewing toddler clothes 🙂

Meli says:

Oh my word….I love her lil language!!!! Getting so big. And still oh so cute.

Ty says:

I love the dress, it’s so cute. Good job Jen!

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