Constructing: Stewart Dress

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I've been wanting a little plaid dress I could wear black tights and a blazer with for winter, and LOVED the Marc Jacobs version (but honestly, $500 for a casual dress?)
Not happenin'.
Besides, what's the point, when I could have my own version for $9 and one afternoon's worth of work?
You see my point, right?
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For the Do-It-Yourselfer's, this is a little trick I use all the time on tunic shaped dresses that I want to be a little more fitted in the waist.

--Sew one side of a grosgrain ribbon across the waist of the dress.
--Sew down the ends of 1 inch elastic under neath the ribbon (just across the back from side seam to side seam)

--Sew up the other side of the ribbon to cover the elastic.
It just pulls the back together, without having to put in a
complete elastic waist band, and ends up looking like this from the back.

I wanted to have some kind of crest on the shoulder,
but didn't have any Scottish crests just lying around and
ended up using this button and ribbon.
I'd already taken all these pictures when I spotted these
amazing silver crest buttons at Walmart, of all places,
and used one to replace the wood button.

I love this so much better.
(Kristina J. Stewart Dress, Anthro Tellicherry Belt and Field Game Cardigan, Mia Cadet Booties)

Finally, a shot of my little photographer!


  1. Oh Kristina - this is just too cute! I love this so much...seriously... covet (ah hem!) this dress =) jk
    Great work, yet again!

  2. Beautiful! Great work, I can't wait to see what you make next (:

  3. The dress is terrific, Kristina! And your little guy is such an amazing photographer!

  4. Love the dress - Maggie and I were commenting on it when you wore it in your video!! We loved it! I seriously can't get over your son and his photography skills. He is such a cutie!

  5. What an awesome dress! I just discovered your blog and am in love with your style and the dresses you create! I love to design dresses for myself, and you have inspired me to keep it up! This dress rocks! Love it with the Field Game cardi!

  6. your photos are beautiful AND you're handy with a sewing machine?! I'm sold. Say hi to your newest follower, lover of things homemade, re-worked and creatively remixed.

    This dress is gorgeous and fits like a dream. Nice work.

  7. Wow, I'm amazed!! I love that dress! I've been on the hunt for plaid fall dress and here you go just whippin one up in an afternoon. Nice work!

  8. Oh, I love it! I like the hemline and smaller pattern of your version better. It looks great with the Field Game cardigan. That's a good idea, mixing the plaid and stripes! I'll have to try that myself. :-)

  9. Aren't you clever Kristina! Your version of the plaid dress is much nicer than the MBMJ one. It's more streamlined and grown up. Your son is such a great photographer. I still can't believe he took your shots. He's better than my husband at taking photos! Wish i could borrow him for one day! hehehe

  10. Thanks for your comment! I love those shoes - I even did a blog post about them right here!

  11. Wait, wait, wait, wait, WAIT! Let me get this straight--you MADE this dress? With what pattern? look, I'm a new follower, so all I really know is you're pretty, you dress cute and you know Courtnee...and now you mean to tell me there's so much more? Spill it, sister...


  12. Has your awesomely amazing photographer always been your Son? wow I am totally speechless!
    And how talented are you!(I think I have already said enough)Every time you come up with the DIY post, my jaw drops and those post remind me(again!) of how much I can save by fixing a little garment that I have already own(and forgotten mostly..)I really like your DIY post!


  13. Wow -- $500 for a casual dress is just crazy. AND, yours is so much cuter! I especially love it paired with the red Field Game cardigan.

  14. i love it! and styled with the field game cardigan, it's perfect! you look amazing!

  15. Oh wow...seriously cute! Nice to meet you.

  16. Oh - you have me wanting a plaid shirtdress now!
    Your's looks great, and love the Scottish touch!

  17. Thank you for your comment.
    I am delighted to welcome you to my blog!

    Yours is absolutely beautiful. You have wonderful hands and I LOVE your designs!
    I would like to know how these models so pretty!
    I do not speak English. Sorry. But I hope that with the google translator to understand me.

    Regards from Spain.

  18. Oh. my. goodness. So cute, I love it!

    Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the bloggy world. I'm off to have a little look around your adorable blog~ and become a follower ;O)

    B x

  19. And what a cute little photographer you have! It appears he's going to get a lot of good experience! :-)

  20. Thank you for your comment :)
    I like your outfit :)

  21. Fabulous job! It looks Really great on you!
    You should come link this up to my Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!

  22. Hey Kristina, Just stopped by after you left me a comment. Wow! I LOVE your style. LOVE your curly hair. LOVE your little photographer. He has some sweet skills. Mine are still too little to even get me in the frame. Anyhow, I just subscribed to your blog so I can keep up with your great work. Thanks!


  23. so cute! You're making me want to pull out my red plaid tunic :) And thanks for the tip on the elastic under the ribbon. I'll have to try that sometime!

    ps, your photographer looks adorable hanging out there :)


  24. LOVE IT!!!!!!!



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