Pick the July Dress!

Hey everyone!

Did you have a good Holiday(if you live in the US that is)?  Mine was AWESOME.  We had a big crowd with my sister, her husband, my sister-in-law and her husband, their two kids, my parents, my husband and my cousin.  The kids were basically our entertainment for the whole day.  I wore a really cute t-shirt that I had “made” out of a boys XL shirt and a dress from Goodwill, but I didn’t get a chance to snap a pic.  I’ll get one the next time I wear it though.

I don’t have an outfit picture for today because our house was a little chaotic this morning.  My sister-in-law and her hubby left this morning and they were busy packing up, and I was trying as much as I could to help out with the kids.  I was also tired and feeling blah so I didn’t put anything special on.

I wasn’t even going to post today, but then I realized I could use your help deciding on what kind of dress to make for my “July” dress(as part of my challenge to make 1 dress a month for the entire year).

So here’s the deal, I had originally planned to make a casual/cute patriotic dress to wear yesterday.  I had a navy/red stripe cotton fabric that I thought would be perfect.  I got the dress finished to about 95% and realized I didn’t like it at. all.

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It honestly looks loads better on the dress form than it did on me.  The pleats hung all funky and the sleeves cut my arms off at a weird place.  I decided to switch it to a gathered skirt(the fabric was too flimsy to hold the pleats properly) and remove the sleeves, but I still don’t like it.  I don’t know what I’m going to do with this dress(probably just turn it into a skirt).

Anyways, that means I’m lacking in a contribution for my July entry in my 12 Month Dress Challenge.  My 7th wedding anniversary is next weekend, so technically I could make a dress for that, but I don’t think we’ll be going out to dinner or doing anything fancy.  I had originally purchased some fabric to make a special anniversary dress, but I think I’m going to a wedding in October that I’d like to save that fabric for.

So, I have two-ish options for dresses I could make this month.  I already have the fabric for both, but I thought it would be fun to let you guys decide which I should make this month.

Option 1: Navy/cream silk taffeta with cap sleeves and full pleated skirt.

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Option 2A: A sleeveless coral/red lace(I think my fabric is a bit more of an eyelet look than strict lace) overlay dress

100% cotton, full skirt, exposed center zipper


Option 2B: Basically the same as above, only with cap sleeves(If I do this one, the sleeves will be the lace/eyelet only so they will be a bit sheer)



All right, so cast your votes.  

. I’m more than likely going to start working on the dress this weekend, so get the votes in today!



8 thoughts on “Pick the July Dress!

  1. kimmie says:

    Aw, the dress looks really good on the dressform, but it sucks that it doesn’t look good on 😦 Can’t wait to see what you end up creating instead!

    • guitargrl325 says:

      Before I hemmed it, it looked very grandma-ish. I kept hemming it shorter and shorter per the hubby’s opinion(and he’s not one for short dresses mind you, we just needed to get it shorter to not look old-ladyish) and then when the length was good, it suddenly had transformed into some twee preschooler’s dream dress.

      The fabric is a thin, flimsy cotton, so I should’ve known better than to try crisp box pleats, but I was trying to re-create a Kate Spade dress. I think if I had started with a sleeveless, gathered skirt dress I might have liked it better, but after so many frustrations, I just wanted to abandon it.

  2. heidi says:

    that is too bad your dress didn’t turn out as you wished it to. it really does look great on the dressform and i love the striped fabric. i’m sure the next dress you attempt will turn out great, i’m looking forward to seeing which one you choose!

    • guitargrl325 says:

      I think the main problem is they type of fabric it was. It was a thin, quilting type cotton that just couldn’t stand up to the pleats and wrinkled like crazy. I was reading on another blog about taking a too thin/drapey fabric and underlining it with a heavier fabric so I may try that at some point.

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