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

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

  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. :)

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


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

  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.

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

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

  9. Very cute. You look great in it.

  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!

  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

  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.

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

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

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


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