Skip to main content

Made By A Fabricista: Sitting Pretty In Pink in My Party Dress

By the time this post comes out, it will officially be my birthday month! Yes, the entire month of April is my birthday month. Every year I always say that I’m going to make something fabulous to celebrate in and I never do. Well, I decided to change that this year.  I made a birthday dress!

When I started looking for fabric for this post, I knew it had to be something beautiful. As I mentioned, I knew I would be making a dress, so I started looking for something with some sort of drape to it.  I started looking at the sateen fabric because I’ve purchased other sateen fabric from Fabric Mart in the past and loved it.  Well, I landed on this Fandango Pink Cotton/Lycra Stretch Sateen which I fell in love with as soon as I saw it.  I was very excited when I received my fabric and opened it.  First of all, I requested 4 yards and the fabric had a cute sticker on it telling me I received more than I requested because it was the end of the bolt. This fabric has a pretty sheen and the fact that it’s a cotton/lycra stretch is even better because it has a nice stretch to it.

My process in picking a pattern to make is that I start looking through my stash and pick out a few that I like and then I narrow down my selections until I narrow it down to 1 pattern.  I know, such a scientific process. This time I actually posted a poll on my Instagram stories asking my followers which pattern I should make.  Vogue V1884 was the winner.

I usually make a muslin before I cut into my pretty fabric, and this was not an exception.  I have a confession.  Since I’m in between sizes, I had to grade out at the waist.  I’m a 14 at the bust and a 22 at the waist.  When I initially made my muslin, the bodice fit just a tad tight.  When I made the 16 to 22, it was just a little bit too loose.  Since this pattern has a princess seam, it was a little difficult to pin it myself.  I had my friend pin and fit the pattern to me, and I was good to go.  Well, it dawned on me that my muslin was made from a woven fabric and the fabric I was using had a little stretch to it.  Long story short, I ended up making the 14 graded out to the 22 at the waist.  I pinned and sewed up the bodice and the lining at the same time to try and save some time.

While sewing, I didn’t make any modifications to the pattern at all.  I sewed it up according to the pattern instructions.  The only modification I made was using 1” horsehair braid instead of the 2” the pattern called for.  I didn’t have enough of the 2” to go all around the hem, but I had lots of the 1” so I used that.  I love a hem with horsehair braid. I think it makes the hem so much prettier and it also gives it a bit more body.  Adding horsehair braid to a hem a very easy.

1. First you want to pin or clip the horsehair braid all around the right side of the hem of what you are sewing.  Also fold over the edge of the horsehair so it doesn’t scratch your skin.

2. Next you want to sew down the horsehair braid using a 1/4” seam allowance.

Photo 11

3. Next you want to press under the horsehair, so you have a clean finish when you sew it down.

4. Next you want to sew close to the other edge of the horsehair braid.  Press again and you’re done!

The only other change I made was not include the skirt lining.  This fabric is opaque, and I didn’t see a need for it.  I am head over heels about my dress and I plan on wearing it out in the wild during my birthday month.  In case you were wondering; my actual birthday is April 10th. I’m really hoping I can squeeze another dress in before my actual birthday.  You’ll have to check my Instagram to see if I’m successful or not.

Until next time!

JOHANNA @soveryjo 

Unfortunately Fabric Mart Fabrics sell out quickly!
You can find similar fabrics by shopping the following categories: SATEEN & COTTON.


  1. Happy Birthday!
    Sharon Sews

  2. Happy Birthday. Very pretty.

    1. Thank you so much! I love this dress!

  3. Happy birthday. Love your dress.


Post a Comment

Thanks for leaving a comment! All comments are reviewed before posting to help us eliminate spam. Your comment will be posted within 24 hours.

Popular Posts You Might Like

Made By A Fabricista: Summery Chambray Linen Mini Capsule

Hello all! With summer on the horizon, I'm gearing up for the heat with some fabrics and styles to carry me through weekend trips and general running around in hot weather. No matter the temperature, I still aim to appear stylish and put together, at least, you know, most of the time. Fabric Mart's exclusive linen chambray is superb for this exact use! I requested two colors of the glorious lightweight yarn-dyed linen chambray. Putty is a cool-toned light gray that leans toward purple and taupe tones and the Medium Sky Blue is perhaps a little more self-explanatory. I have sewn with this base before, and I was just as delighted and impressed with these two colors as I have been in the past. I can't recommend them more, these are quite lightweight and very finely woven. They are sturdy with a very smooth face and have some body, but still maintain nice drape for linen. Despite being lightweight, they have enough structure to support the rounded curves of the pant seams an

Made By A Fabricista: Rayon Challis Separates for Me!

This month I decided to take a minute to sew something for myself! Knowing that I was about to move house (I'm excited to be getting a nice big sewing room!), I opted to use some tried-and-true patterns that I knew would be quick and easy to sew: Jalie Michelle and Jalie Geneviève . I've really loved seeing garments made in crinkle challis lately, so I selected a solid mustard yellow crinkle challis with a plan for either pants or a skirt ( Geneviève is a skirt, but there's also a culotte option available for it), and two sateen challis prints for a top (Michelle can be made either as a top or a dress). I considered making a reversible top with both fabric prints, but upon playing with them in real life, opted for two separate tops with a facing. Given that challis tends to be a bit shifty, it's best to starch it before you begin cutting out your project. It's also best to cut it out on a large surface with a rotary cutter so the fabric doesn't get distorted.

Made By A Fabricista: A Mother’s Day Gift - Making my Daughter’s Prom Dress

Happy Friday All! As a mother and sewist, I am always planning months in advance for any special occasion dress. Due to the pandemic, my daughter missed all the activities at the end of her elementary journey and I was truly heart broken. She did not have any promotional ceremony, field trips or activities for the last few months of elementary school. I made a vow to myself that in Middle School, no matter what life throws us, I would make the perfect Junior Prom dinner dance dress even if she had to twirl in it at home. When I came across this beautiful blue lycra sequins fabric, I was thrilled. My daughter Arielle and I spoke a few months ago about the perfect Grade 8 Junior Prom dinner dance dress. She found an inspirational photo on Pinterest back in December which was a one shoulder maxi dress that sparkles and she was excited about me making her special dress. At the time she wasn’t quite sure of the shade of blue she wanted but after our trip to Jamaica during Spring break, she