Sewing and Craft


Happy New Year!

Yesterday I offered a sneak peek of the sundress I made for last night; here’s the details!


I used Heather Ross’ Mendocino Sundress pattern as the base with the following alterations:

  • I considerably shortened the dress to go from awkward below the knee length to above the knee
  • Straps added
  • Cut the main pattern pieces in half to use two different prints
  • Shirred the back only. For the front I sewed stretched elastic along the top and under the bust which is more flattering on my figure.
  • Omitted the pockets


The fabrics are from Sandi Henderson’s Meadowsweet collection. I purchased them ages ago to make a skirt, but I’m happier that they became a dress!

Other things to observe in the photo:

  • no feet, Col cut them out of the photo
  • Baby bump! It’s definitely beginning to show now
  • If you look closely you can see our 12 week ultrasound in the background.


  1. curlypops

    January 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Love the finished dress – great fabric contrast (and super cute baby bump)!

    1. Ren

      January 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you! It was comfy to wear too which was a bonus!

  2. essie

    January 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    you and your bump are the cutest. i can’t believe you made that dress in an afternoon! clever!

    1. Ren

      January 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you lovely! Now the bump is in full swing I can sense more variations of this dress on the horizon! Very easy to sew once the shirring is figured out!

  3. {tinniegirl}

    January 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    The dress is gorgeous. I really love the centre fabric with those gorgeous bold flowers.

    And huge congrats on the baby bump.

    Happy New Year.

  4. Mel

    January 2, 2011 at 8:21 am

    You’re so clever Ren … thank you for sharing your sewing prowess, it’s so inspiring to see what others can accomplish! The dress looks wonderful on you and I love being able to see your baby bump xo

  5. Claudia

    January 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    This is a lovely dress…and wow, you look good :)

    Um, this is a good idea to frame the ultrasound (must do that this week).

    Have a lovely new year full of wonderful projects and adventures!!! xox

  6. Kylie

    January 4, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Wow, you look amazing!!! :) Gorgeous dress, gorgeous bump, gorgeous you!

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