Hello! I made this dress for a party my family and I are hosting. One of my sisters and I each got a pattern from you for Christmas. When I saw how beautiful the dresses were I hoped I could someday make one of them. I did not sew very much, so I knew I would not be able to make one for a while. I didn’t even know how to read a pattern. A few months ago my mother bought me a sewing DVD, which really encouraged me to start sewing more. I made a few skirts, aprons, and quilted pillows. Then, my darling little sister (who is two) loves to play dress up and look pretty, so I thought I would use some of my cheap fabric and make her a dress without a pattern. It came out fine; it was a little small in one area and a little big in another, but she didn’t care.
When my parents asked us if we would like to host a Harvest Party (it’s where we choose a historical character, dress up and give a speech about them), I wondered if I might be able to try to make one of the dresses. I looked at my instruction book for my pattern but thought I needed to start with an easier one, so I asked my sister if I could use hers, which she said was fine. My nana called a friend of hers to see if she could help me cut it out, and she did. I started sewing the bodice together, and was so happy that everything was going well! I pinned it together with safety pins after I had finished the skirt to see how everything fit and looked. It was too short, and the sleeves were too tight. After fixing this problem, I used solid fabric and I sewed that onto the front and made the back with a train. I used different kinds of ribbon. One looked good but was too red, so when I saw your sash idea I thought I would try it. My mother and I both liked it with the sash. I enjoyed making this dress. Two of my sisters also picked out fabric and they want me to make them dresses too.
Thank you so much, Mrs. Chancey!
Another beginner triumphs grandly! This just tickles me pink, Gracelyn! I loved seeing your work, and keep up the sewing!