“Better late than never” dress

This was my Easter dress this year. It was bright and perfect for such a celebratory day.

I had another dress that I was planning to wear, but I couldn’t quite get it finished (I’ll post about that dress soon).

I started making this dress a little over a year ago, and put it aside for one reason or another. In my effort to make progress on my UFO pile, I pulled it out about a month ago.

I originally cut out the bodice pieces from the pattern below.

I had only stitched the darts, shoulder seams and side seams of the bodice. When I grabbed the bodice from the UFO pile and tried it on, I found that I needed to do some alterations. I lowered and changed the shape of the neckline, and cut some excess material from the armholes. I went with fewer buttonholes, as well.

I made my own covered buttons using material from the sleeve of a thrifted dress (it will show up in a future post). The belt is also from that dress.

The end result is a lovely spring/summer dress.

I know what some of you might be thinking. And, yes, this dress does look a bit like a baseball uniform, but I love it. If you could see the material in person, the baseball uniform comparison would probably be even more solidified. The turquoise stripe material is a vintage poly-blend that I found in a thrift store last year.

The total cost for this dress (including the fabric, buttons, thread and pattern) was between $1 and $2. Not bad.

On Saturday, after I ran in a local 5K…

There were about 350 people, and some of them were dressed in Easter costumes. It was anything but boring.

To change up the braid tradition, I dressed my ponytail up with small braids on each side.

…Alex, Newton and I putted around on the boat for a little while.

I almost fell in a few times trying to get pictures of the dress.

Even though it might look like it, I wasn’t faking losing my balance in these pictures. It was a windy day and the boat was really rocking.

Newton is really starting to like going on the boat.

He was falling asleep standing up by the time we got ready to head home. :)

Yesterday, Alex and I went to church for a joyful and hope-filled Easter service (He is risen indeed!).

Then, we went over to my in-laws and had fun cooking a delicious meal of ham, scalloped potatoes and asparagus.
It was a lovely weekend. How was your Easter weekend?

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6 Responses to “Better late than never” dress

  1. Korey says:

    This and the shirt/shorts in the previous post are very becoming colors on you. Nicely done. I had a fun and eventful weekend. My husband is Jewish but usually non practicing, we went to a Seder on Friday night that was his first in 10+ years and my first ever. Great food (eggs and veggies to start, then turkey, mashed sweet potatoes, and matzo, onion and chicken stuffing) and interesting to see how the ceremony plays out. Then on Easter my aunt and uncle hosted a lunch for my extended family where I had another fantastic meal (ham, teriyaki beef, fruit salad, chocolate). To top it off, my mother made me an incredibly cute Easter skirt to wear.

    • Becca says:

      Thanks! I’m glad you had a nice time. It would be interesting to see what a Seder is like. That’s awesome that your mom made you an Easter skirt. I’m happy to hear that she’s been picking up sewing again.

  2. Rebekah Key says:

    wow! You just about have a dress for every occasion now:) Love it!

    • Becca says:

      Haha! I’ve let many of my dresses go, but I do have quite a few. Although, I have to admit if were to buy so many dresses, it would add up. Sewing is a good hobby for me to keep me from spending too much money on clothing. ;) Plus, it’s therapeutic.

  3. Sarah Lewis says:

    I haven’t posted any comments for quite some time but I do read every single word you write!! Love your Easter dress and all the pictures of your outing in the boat. Newton looks like such a fun dog!! Love you, Auntie Sarah

    • Becca says:

      Thank you so much Auntie Sarah! I love knowing that you’re reading the posts. :) Newton is indeed a very fun and quirky dog. He has the most personality of any dog I’ve encountered. Alex and I have endless entertainment with him around.

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