12 Month Dress Challenge

In 2013 as a way to keep myself from spending too much money on clothes and fabric as well as try to use up my growing fabric supply, I have challenged myself to make at least one dress each month for the entire year.  You can see each month’s picture here as well as a link to the original post.

January Dress

january2 (1 of 1)

January Dress

February Dress

strawberry shortcake2 (1 of 1)

February Dress

March Dress

allthingskate (1 of 1)

March Dress

4. April Dress

Aprildress1 (1 of 1)

April Dress

5. May Dress

mothersday9 (1 of 1)

May Dress

6. June Dress

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June Dress

12 thoughts on “12 Month Dress Challenge

    • guitargrl325 says:

      Thanks!! Once you get into sewing and have made a few patterns, you’ll start to realize how most dresses you find in any store are just a variation of one or two bodice patterns with one of a few skirt types(full gathered, pleated, pencil, circle, or A-line). With some minor changes on neckline/sleeves/ect you can make almost any dress you find in a store assuming you can find similar fabrics.

  1. Ada says:

    Gorgeous Dresses, so fun, Retro and a little 50s. They bring me back to an episode of Mad Men. Love the January & April ones the best, thus far.

    • guitargrl325 says:

      I love the 50s style. I think it was universally flattering to women of all body-types, and yes, Mad Men is one of my favorite shows if just for the fashion!!

      Wait till you see the June dress…it will definitely be the best of the year. I’m using a retro-styled pattern and Oscar De La Renta fabric. It’s going to be so fabulous!

  2. silversnowdrop says:

    I love all your dresses, you are such a good seamstress! Where do you get your fabric from because I can’t find many lovely fabrics at reasonably prices suitable for dresses 🙂

    • guitargrl325 says:

      Most of my fabric comes from Fabric.com because they have a nice selection and their prices are much better than buying at Hancock or Joann’s. They’re located in GA(which is where I live as well), so when they ship my fabrics’ I get them the next day.

      I’ve also been branching out and buying some nicer fabrics from Mood Fabrics and Gorgeous Fabrics as well(they are not cheap, but very beautiful and well made).

      Sometimes I find really nice fabrics randomly at Wal-Mart(the May dress fabric is from Wal-Mart)

  3. Rejoice For The Day says:

    Beautiful dresses! I am working on something like this myself only I haven’t come up with the great idea of a ‘dress a month’. I know all about the ever growing fabric, and in my case pattern, collection that isn’t going any where. I love your March dress the most, must be the stripes. 😉

    • guitargrl325 says:

      Thank you so much! I do agree that the March dress is one of the best because of the stripes, but I am pretty partial to the June dress as well…just because it’s the nicest fabric I’ve ever used(and probably will ever use). I keep telling myself not to buy more patterns, but then I find an amazing one and I can’t help myself. I have tons of patterns I’ve never even taken out of the envelope, plus an entire BOX full of vintage patterns my grandma gave me.

  4. lindsayliving says:

    I am crazy for this page and for you in general! I’m so glad we found each other’s blogs. You are so talented and creative. I wish I could sew like that. You’ve totally inspired me to get back on my sewing machine. WOW!

    • guitargrl325 says:

      Aw, thank you. I don’t really think I’m all that creative but I am pretty good at copying things I like. I need some sort of jumping off point to get going on a project and then I’ll add in my own little touches.

      I found your blog through Franziska when she posted about meeting you in Seattle. Honestly, I don’t always click through to other blogs but you reminded me a lot of my sister so I felt compelled, and then when I saw your Kate Spade dress I knew it was fate haha

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