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Shabby Apple dress recreation - The Friendship Hill Dress

On my recent trip to Joanne's, I found some pretty green fabric on sale big time. I didn't plan on doing anything with it, but when I got home I realized I had enough to make a dress. I didn't have a pattern for a dress just lying around, but I found this Shabby Apple beauty that I just loved. 
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So I thought, why not try to make it myself? I figured it shouldn't be that hard. I was wrong and right. It was challenging but I knew what I needed to do. I had a shirt pattern with darts, so I basically used that as my main guide. But, well I'm not sure how I got by without an actual dress pattern. Basically the completion of the dress took miracle and this wonderful book
The New Complete Guide to Sewing: Step-by-Step Techniques for Making Clothes and Home Accessories Updated Edition with All-New Projects and Simplicity Patterns (Reader's Digest)
I got this book a few years ago, for my college sewing class, but never looked at it once back then (probably the reason why I barely got by in that class), but I suddenly remembered that I had it and it was a life saver. I highly recommend this book to any seamstress from beginner to pro. 
Here's how the dress turned out. Not quite like the Shabby Apple version, but I like my version just as much. However, next time I might use a different fabric (I used cotton) so that it doesn't wrinkle so easy.

The reason I called it "The Friendship Hill Dress", is because that's where we took pictures of it and I thought it fit perfectly in with the beauty of the spring at Friendship Hill (was the home of Albert Gallatin, the 4th United States Secretary of Treasury-don't worry, I didn't know who he was before I went there either)
Also, your totally going to laugh at this. I made it barely too short (for my standards that is). It's fine when I walk, but when I sit, it comes up to high on my thigh.  I recently just added a little ruffle at the bottom to make it longer.
Shabby Apple Dress Recreation
We also encountered the Fire Swamp while there; after testing the vines, I was about to jump into the sand pit, but then I chickened out. We'll save the quick sand diving for Wesley and Buttercup. 

Oh and I was still able to carry the little one while wearing the dress. Double bonus points. 





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20 comments

  1. It looks great Hava...really great. I am proud of you. You never stop amazing me.

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  2. Awesome! I'm going to look into that book! I love the neckline of your dress and am really impressed!

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  3. Hey, I'm visiting from link up at 30 handmade days & immediately started loving your blog from the header! There are 4 girls in my family & we sing that song all the time - and love White Christmas! :) Yes, that is definitely the fire swamp, and cute dress! PS I hate it too when dresses are fine until you sit. ;P Love the HP. Now following. :)

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  4. I am going to be featuring you tomorrow morning on Blissful and Domestic. Stop by and grab a button.

    Danielle
    www.blissfulanddomestic.com

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  5. You did a GREAT job! It's beautiful!

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  6. As a Burton, you must have gotten all the sewing genes! Love it! Great job. Wish I could sew even a straight line...hee hee.

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  7. I love love LOVE this!!!! You did amazing job on it!

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  8. Wow! You are so talented! The dress turned out beautifully!

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  9. Very cute. You look great in it.

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  10. I'm visiting from Rae Gun and have to say that I love your dress! It looks so professional and the colour suits you so much!
    heronscrafts.blogspot.com

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  11. This dress is so cute! You did a great job. Thanks for coming to our Strut Your Stuff Saturday. We hope you'll be back to share more of your great ideas! -The Sisters

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  12. Your dress is gorgeous, I love it. I have loved that purple dress and thought about making my own. You did a great job of recreating it.
    Cindy

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  13. I noticed you wearing this...was it Easter? I loved it and DID notice it's fabulousness. Great job!

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  14. Holy Cow! You're one talented lady. I've considered making a dress on Shabby Apple. This gives me some hope :D.

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  15. I just found your blog and this dress is fabulous! Great work!

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