Mini Mushrooms Make Me Merry Dress

I know, I know, the title. I just couldn’t help myself with the alliteration. Besides, it’s a totally true title. Oops! There I go again.

I realize the title of this post could give some people the wrong idea. Don’t worry, I’m not on shrooms. The mushrooms on this dress do make me pretty happy though.

Are you there spring, it's me, Becca?

Are you there, spring? It’s me, Becca.

Side Note: sorry the pictures are so massive. It was either this or pictures that barely showed the print. I couldn’t find a happy medium. I guess I really need to set aside some time to revamp the blog.

The Material

I found this material last year at a thrift store. I believe I purchased it for about $0.50. It was in excellent condition, with no stains or smells. After a good washing and pressing it was reinvigorated.

I like to think of this print as little mushrooms, but I'm not sure if that's what the print is really supposed to be. No matter what, it's perfect for spring/summer dress.

I like to think of this print as little mushrooms, but I’m not sure if that’s what the print is really supposed to be. No matter what, it’s perfect for spring/summer dress.

It appears to have been cut away from a longer curtain of some sort. The top was clearly cut by pinking shears. It had a hem on the bottom with weights at the corners, and each edge was finished. I had to take apart the hem and sides to get some extra inches of width and length.

This picture shows all of the material. Once I pressed it, the stitch holes and creases from the old hem became almost invisible.

This picture shows all the material. Once I pressed it, the stitch holes and creases from the old hem became nearly invisible.

I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t match up the mushrooms in a chevron in the front and back of the skirt, but I just didn’t have enough material. I squeezed this dress out of less than three yards of 33″ wide material. Plus, the material was seamed in the middle and the rows on the two pieces didn’t match up.

The Pattern

I used the same pattern that I used to make this dress for the raffle last year, with some tweaks.

Daydreamer dress

Daydreamer dress from last year

Here are the pattern changes I made:

-changed the vertical bodice darts to tucks

-altered the bodice to eliminate the need for elastic at the top (It was still a bit too loose, so I ended up having to take it apart and take it in at the top under the arms. That’s why it might look a bit odd, and the straps ended up in a weird place.)

-opted not to crisscross the straps in the back this time

-shortened the skirt length (mostly because I squeezed it out of such a limited amount of material)

Trial and error is part of the patternmaking process. Now I know that there are more changes that I need to make to the pattern: tuck out some of the excess material at the top front around the strap area, move the horizontal bodice darts down a smidge, make the waist a bit more snug.

I’m kind of bummed that I didn’t have enough material to make a matching belt. However, I love mixing and matching colored belts with my outfits, so I’m not heartbroken.

The Dress

Those are really all the deets. So here are some more pictures of the dress.

Without belt and cardigan

Without belt and cardigan

I used vertical buttonholes this time

I stitched vertical buttonholes this time

I like it both with and without the belt. I like the effect of being able to see the little buttons all the way down, but the belt helps to flatter the waist.

I like it both with and without the belt. I like the effect of being able to see the little buttons all the way down, but the belt helps to flatter the waist.

I shortened the straps and didn't crisscross them this time

Boo, for blurry pictures, but this is the only back shot that I got. As you can see, I shortened the straps and didn’t crisscross them this time. Ugh about the mushrooms not matching up, but oh well.

I love partial circle skirts

I love partial circle skirts

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I think the tucks under the bust are really flattering

It's fun to spin around in this dress

It’s fun to spin around in this dress and daydream about beautiful spring days.

Spring, you coy devil. It's time to come out now! No, Seriously, NOW!

Spring, you coy devil, it’s time to come out now! Seriously though, NOW!

Until then, I'll just pretend.

Until then, I’ll just pretend.

Pretending that it’s spring is all I can do to keep myself sane. Winter has held on with all of its gloom and none of its charm. I’ve grown weary of being cold all the time. I know I should stop complaining and enjoy this weather while we have it, but…I…don’t…wanna! Please don’t judge me, and yes, I would like some cheese with my w(h)ine.

Just look what I woke up to this morning.

When I first woke up, there was about two inches. I'm usually a fan of winter and snow, but this year I am SO over it!

When I first woke up, there was about two inches.

I’m usually a fan of winter and snow, but this year, I am SO over it! Hopefully, by the end of this week, spring will start to make an appearance.

Catching Up

Fellow sewing bloggers, I am working on catching up with many of your posts since I was MIA for a while. I didn’t forget about you. :)

If you’re reading this and you have a blog, please be sure to comment so that I can find your blog.

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22 Responses to Mini Mushrooms Make Me Merry Dress

  1. Sarah Lewis says:

    Such a cute dress and yes, those are definitely mushrooms! lol I wouldn’t have a clue about them matching…so, don’t tell anyone! It felt like winter here in East Texas yesterday. The chill factor must have been about 30*! Forecast says our plants might suffer due to freezing temperatures for the next couple of days. And, I was so sure that Spring had Sprung cuz the tulip tree and dogwoods are in bloom! Poor things. Looks like it’s going to be a cold Easter Sunday in Longview! Love you and love your blog.

    • Becca says:

      Thanks! I was worrying about the plants over the past few weeks. We’ll see how they do now that spring seems to have FINALLY made its appearance. I hope yours are OK. Our dogwoods are right on the brink of blooming. No tulips yet, though. Love you too!

  2. Auntie Anne says:

    Come back to Cali, Becca !! It’s warm here ~ at least today! Love your blog, love you, love the dresses~ thanks for sharing so beautifully!

  3. Marie says:

    It’s totally gorgeous – the pattern details and your fabric choice are just lovely!!! Don’t apologise for the larger pictures, I think they’re great ;o)

    • Becca says:

      Thanks! I love finding material like that when I go thrifting. Oh, and I guess I’m just self-conscious about such large photos. :)

  4. LLADYBIRD says:

    This turned out so pretty! I don’t know what it is about them, but I REALLY love the bust tucks. Maybe because they echo the sweetheart neckline? Either way, I’m a fan :D

    • Becca says:

      Thanks, lady! I do to. Ha! :) I think you might be right, the tucks and sweetheart neckline work well together.

  5. What a cute dress!! I like it best with the little sweater and the belt.
    I like how the belt breaks up the oneness of the dress and yes, flatters the waistline. Since it is so short, the belt makes it seems as if it was meant to be that way- flirty and flippy and free, but without the belt, I don’t know… it reminds me of a dress I loved so much that I wore until I grew out of it- and then my sister did the same thing. She always looked odd in it because it was much too short.
    The sweater just adds a touch of happy innocence to the whole thing :)

    • Becca says:

      I like it best with the sweater, too. I agree that it is pretty short, and it might seem a bit odd to some people, but I love this length. I’m only 5′ tall, so I think it works. Knee-length dresses often make me look short and squat, so I gravitate to shorter hemlines. :)

  6. IngeMaakt says:

    What a pretty dress! I love the shape of it and the mushrooms are so cute. And I totally agree with you on the spring thing. Here in the Netherlands there is some siberian wind or something going on, it’s so cold all the time :( Can’t wait untill it starts to warm up.

    • Becca says:

      Thank you! I love the mushrooms, too. I’m sorry to hear that it’s so cold for you in the Netherlands. Here’s hoping that spring arrives for you soon!

  7. Kathy says:

    What a find… such adorable fabric! This is such a pretty dress… and I woke up to ugly winter today as well… at least it was snowing and not just gray and depressing like it has been. I’m totally on the same page making spring appropriate garments. I love the thousand buttons on front, too.

    • Becca says:

      Haha! Thanks. I have recently become enamored with dresses and shirts that have lots of buttons. I live in southern Maryland, and I saw on your blog that you live in Baltimore, so we have similar weather. It seems that spring has sprung, at last. Now, I’m ready for everything to start blooming.

  8. Korey says:

    I love this dress! Everything about it is so cute and flattering.

  9. diya says:

    adorable dress :)

  10. This dress is adorable. I love the fabric. It makes me want to go thrift shopping again.

  11. This dress is adorable! I love it, and I love that you used thrifted fabric! That mushroom fabric is fantastic! Great job!

    • Becca says:

      Thank you! There’s so much unused fabric to be had out there at thrift stores, garage and estate sales, flea markets, etc. I have a hard time buying new fabric because of it. :)

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