Happy Monday my lovelies!

I am super excited to share this post with you. I have finally finished the blue dress I’ve been working on for the past few weeks.

This time I created a pattern out of an old racerback tank of mine. It’s been a lot of trial and error, but oh so rewarding! I’ve never had any formal training, so I’ve been teaching myself how to sew and make patterns, and although I’m making a lot of mistakes as I go along, the biggest reward for me so far on this sewing journey of mine is how much I have learned and also when someone says “I love your dress! Where is it from?” and I respond with a super chuffed grin “I made this myself!”. Hashtag true story.

Navy Girl | Scarlet Stitch
Navy Dress – Made By Me // Peace Pendant – MRP // Brown Booties & Sunglasses – YDE // Brown Bag – Call It Spring
Navy Girl | Scarlet Stitch
Photo Credit: Ricardo Harvey

I adore this dress, it’s so soft and easy to wear. I love the navy and brown combo, so I grabbed my favourite brown booties from YDE, my every day brown bag from Call It Spring, and my peace sign pendant from MRP. It’s overall a very simple look, but hey – that’s me!

A lot of you have been asking me if I could make clothes for you. While I’d love to do that right now, my skills at this point in time isn’t at a level where I am able to produce something fast enough. It takes me a long time to finish one project because I’m having to do it in my spare time. Even though the fabric only cost me R39 per meter (I used about 2 meters for this project), if I think of all the time and work I put into this piece, I’’’d say this dress probably cost me R2500, haha!

So, until I am ready, I’m simply doing it as a hobby, practising lots! I can already see a major improvement and who knows where I will be next year? It’s exciting. This dress was a bit of a challenge as I decided to try bias binding for the first time. The bias binding is the edging around the arm holes and neckline. It makes for a nice and clean, professional finish, and I think I will be using this method quite a lot.

Navy Girl | Scarlet Stitch
Photo Credit: Ricardo Harvey

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