A Handmade Dress and a Borrowed Bag

Happy May!  I have something so very special for you, you guys.  Check it out… it’s another Auntie + Nephew photo shoot you’re about to see.  🙂

Dress: Handsewn 🙂 |  Cardigan: J.Crew | Belt: Shop Ruche | Sandals: Forever 21 | Bag: Marc Jacobs

Yup, you read that right, I MADE this dress!  A few weeks ago my friends and I raided the fabric section at Joann’s, picked up a few patterns, and made some shirts, skirts, and dresses!  It’s pretty much just two rectangle pieces sewn together with elastic on top, easy peasy.  Since it’s not too form fitting, I just threw a belt on over the whole thing and called it a day.  I have a feeling I’ll be whipping out a few more throughout the summer.  🙂  And the bag?!  Oh the bag… I love the color and style so much.  Thanks Jenny for letting me borrow it, aren’t SILs the best!?

Sorry, I don’t know where his outfit was purchased.  But doesn’t he work the camera so well?  If you compare my first photo and his first photo, you’ll see a posing resemblance.  😉

He makes my heart melt, but you already knew that.

When’s the last time you made something for yourself?  What was it?



  1. May 1, 2011 / 8:19 pm

    What a great dress! So beautiful and I love the brown cardigan with it. Your nephew is so cute.

  2. May 1, 2011 / 8:20 pm

    Love the dress, you look beautiful!

  3. May 1, 2011 / 8:22 pm

    Love the dress. It’s great and that color looks fabulous on you. Your nephew is so handsome.
    I made myself a new headband last night!

  4. May 1, 2011 / 8:26 pm

    You look so great! Your nephew is a cutie, as always! 😉 Aren’t nephews/nieces the greatest? 🙂

  5. May 1, 2011 / 8:28 pm

    wow!! impressive, sandy! the dress looks great!

  6. May 1, 2011 / 8:33 pm

    I made a skirt for myself recently. I like it because it’s bright and made from old t-shirts. It’s sooooooooooooo comfortable! Love it! Haven’t taken any pictures of it yet. Love your dress and fabric choice!

  7. May 1, 2011 / 8:35 pm

    you made that dress?!! i’m impressed!!! love that dress, belt and the awesome bag. and oh, yes i LOVE you too 🙂

  8. May 1, 2011 / 8:36 pm

    I’ve had my eye on that fabric for MONTHS–now I want to go buy it and make myself a dress, too! It looks great! I actually sewed myself a little skirt tonight–it was so much fun!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  9. May 1, 2011 / 9:04 pm

    You made that?! I love it! So summery and perfect. I adore your nephew also. Too cute!

  10. May 1, 2011 / 9:11 pm

    wow I love that dress, I can’t believe you made it!

    I have been meaning to finish making MANY things but I always let life get in the way…. 😛

    xx Mae

  11. May 1, 2011 / 9:25 pm

    So cute! I love that pattern on the dress, great color!

  12. May 1, 2011 / 10:26 pm

    what a lovely outfit – i really like it! and i adore the dress you made. that fabric pattern is gorgeous – love the yellow!

  13. May 1, 2011 / 10:31 pm

    Sandy, I love these outfit posts — you always look gorgeous. And I don’t think I’ve ever made anything for myself, unless you count the more complicated desserts for myself. But when it comes to being crafty, I’m just not.

  14. May 1, 2011 / 10:59 pm

    What an adorable dress! I love that you sewed it because you will be able to whip up a few more these for summer time. And a belt always helps cinch things in.

    And as always your nephew is adorable!

  15. May 1, 2011 / 11:05 pm

    the dress looks great. love the pattern and color. and your little nephew is too cute!

  16. May 1, 2011 / 11:36 pm

    How exciting that you made the dress it’s super cute and definitely spring/summer. I love the color as well. The belt and cardigan definitely pulls the whole look together. You look gorgeous.

    Your nephew is a natural in front of the camera such a cutie patootie!

  17. May 1, 2011 / 11:52 pm

    cuuuute! your dress is absolutely gorgeous <3

  18. May 2, 2011 / 12:04 am

    so cute & so proud of you! lovely choice of fabric, miss sandy!

  19. May 2, 2011 / 12:14 am

    Amazing dress and adorable nephew (: I am definitely going to be making some dresses this summer. I can name a few things that I *will* be proud of making myself in the near future, which is a lot of things for my new apartment: shelving units, bike racks, closet organization system, etc. Hopefully I can hold myself to this!

  20. Jozen
    May 2, 2011 / 12:43 am

    awesome job!!!!

  21. May 2, 2011 / 3:18 am

    The dress is fabulous.I really love the fabric.And what a cutie your nephew is 🙂

  22. May 2, 2011 / 6:52 am

    aww i love posts with your nephew! he is too cute! and that dress is really adorable! 🙂 xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  23. May 2, 2011 / 7:31 am

    I can’t believe you made that dress! You’re so talented! I made myself a simple apron and it took the better part of a Saturday (i’m a real beginner though!). Your nephew is adorable 😉

  24. May 2, 2011 / 7:36 am

    I love your dress! haha, I’ve seen/used that fabric before! I love the mustard color of it! Oh man, I made a skirt for myself, but it’s just not warm enough here to wear it yet! grrrr And I don’t really like tights.

  25. May 2, 2011 / 7:41 am

    your dress is so adorable! in fact, I rreally-really want your dress! and your photos with nephew are the best as usual.

  26. May 2, 2011 / 8:22 am

    ey how cute. it looks really lovely and especially the color is fantastic.
    i’ve made myself 2 dresses lately. the first is too big and the second makes me look very pregnant. i don’t know yet what to do with them 🙂

  27. May 2, 2011 / 8:44 am

    i love the fabric! you should make more dresses!!!

    Hope u had a great time in vegas!!!

  28. Nancy
    May 2, 2011 / 8:58 am

    hi honey! it was a hard, laborious day at the sewing machines but we survived with great outcomes! Love the dress!!! Let’s have another session soon!!!

  29. May 2, 2011 / 9:04 am

    I love the dress that you made. It’s so cute! I am so impressed!

  30. May 2, 2011 / 9:04 am

    Love that dress….whippin up cute stuff! I want to learn to sew this summer.

  31. May 2, 2011 / 10:14 am

    I love the fabric you chose for that dress! So fun and wearable at the same time – excellent job!!

  32. May 2, 2011 / 11:00 am

    he’s so cute!

    I LOVE your dress! Way to go girlie!

  33. May 2, 2011 / 1:03 pm

    you got that fabric at joann’s? i’m impressed! i can never find fabric that i like there – and that mustard is adorable on you! way to go on making a dress!! love it! 🙂

  34. Ellinelle
    May 2, 2011 / 1:20 pm

    ..what a gorgeous pictures , I love the vintage looking dress , so fresh in colour and print ..

  35. May 2, 2011 / 4:56 pm

    ! i need his outfit details! 😉 i’m impressed you made your dress, that is awesome!

  36. May 2, 2011 / 6:46 pm

    Wow, Sandy, I’m impressed! What a cute dress! Oh, and of course what an adorable nephew you’ve got there too 🙂

  37. May 2, 2011 / 10:06 pm

    What an adorable spring dress!

  38. May 3, 2011 / 12:43 am

    OMG, i love that dress – go you on making it yourself! i’m dying to purchase myself a sewing machine so i can make myself stuff too. i’m thinking it’ll be a bday present to myself next month!

  39. May 3, 2011 / 1:01 pm

    two rectangles sew together? oh my, you totally made it sound so effortless! the dress looks so cute, sandy! you totally should make more! 🙂

  40. May 3, 2011 / 11:35 pm

    I love that you made your own dress – two rectangles sewn together sounds like something I just *might* be able to handle! You’ve inspired me. Looks great on you : )

  41. May 4, 2011 / 11:49 am

    CUTE dress sandy!!! you did such a fantastic job! i REALLY need to learn to sew!

  42. May 4, 2011 / 2:50 pm

    nice job on the dress!! i love the color and print of the material! very cute belted with the cardigan.


  43. May 8, 2011 / 3:44 pm

    This outfit is true perfection, Sandy! Your nephew is so cuteeee!

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