Sew-a-bration of Womanhood: Stepford Dress

Monday, May 19, 2014

Happy Monday friends! Today I have the pleasure of sharing with you a dress I made for Call Ajaire and the Shaffer Sisters wonderful collaboration called the "Sew-a-bration of Womanhood". This blog tour features a whole bunch of amazing ladies who are either sewing for themselves or someone they love by "honoring our common threads".

I don't know about you, but I love having the chance to sew for myself. It's funny because even though I am much larger than I was a year ago (thank you Cora!), it feels so nice to make something that is flattering and looks nice on my ever changing body. 

The dress I made is called the Stepford Dress, which right now is only available to patterns members on The Sewing Rabbit site. Jess did such a great job designing this dress. I love it! Can I just say that this is the best deal in town ya'll? For $10 a month, you get three really amazing patterns. The patterns range anywhere from ladies to accessories. This month we have the Stepford Dress, Tilly Skirt by Sewing Mama RaeAnn and the Sidekick Suitcase. If you would like more information, you can click here!

This dress has such wonderful attributes. I really like the front bust darts, and the slightly off the shoulder neckline. It is a classic for sure. It also makes me feel like I should be baking a cake in a 50's movie. 

The bodice fits in all the right places after I made some adjustments. I had to take in the shoulders almost 2" each because it was way too large up there. Where the gathering sits is perfect because it hides my infamous "baby tire" that has been challenging to get rid of.

I really appreciate the meaning behind the Sew-a-bration of Womanhood blog tour. I think as women we often judge ourselves way too much. We see how the media portrays what women should look like, and at times it is quite unrealistic. Weight has always been an issue for me. I gained 80lbs with my first daughter, and 5 years later gained almost 60lbs with Cora. It was devastating. I had gone from a 32" bust to a 42". My waist went from 27" to 36"... seriously I was heart broken. But when I look at my girls, I see what a beautiful gift I was given. God allowed me to carry these babies, and though I gained some weight, I know in time I will get back to what I once was. Life is too short for us to worry about how thin we are, or how clear our skin is, or how perfect our hair looks. When I took these photos I had just stepped out of the shower, and only had time to put on mascara. So there you have it, Ashley in her most natural form. 

Onto the invisible zipper...


I tried so hard!!!! I could not get the zipper to flatten out. I was so worried about melting the teeth... Oh well! I think I should spend some quality time with zipper installation. At least invisible ones.  And I also have a hard time getting the gathers to match. So maybe some time should be spent with that too!

The back darts were great, but I had to take them out and re-sew with a smaller seam allowance to fit my back.

The fabric used was a green polka dot cotton from Joann's. I bought it when they were having that crazy sale two weeks ago where everything was 40%-50% off. Ryan loves polka dots, so when I saw this for $2.50 a yard I could not pass it up! The lining was just some white muslin; nothing too fancy. 

The Stepford Dress was so wonderful to sew. Jess did an amazing job on the pattern and the tutorial. It was easy and very well thought out. If you are looking for a summer staple, this is it!

I want to thank the Shaffer Sisters and Call Ajaire for allowing me to participate in this wonderful cause! I hope many of you ladies are inspired to go and sew for yourself no matter what your size is :)


If you like what you read, come check out the other talented ladies in the Sew-a-bration!!!


  1. The dress looks great on you, it works particularly well with the head scarf :-)

    1. Thank you Olu! If I could wear a head scarf everyday I would :)

  2. BEAUTIFUL! You did an awesome job and that color is just perfect on you! Love this!

  3. So pretty, I love the fabric choice! And you know what, no one is going to notice the zipper except for you :D

  4. Thank you so much ladies! It was a really fun pattern and can't wait to make another :)

  5. This dress is gorgeous! & if you hadnt said it i never ever would have guessed you were only wearing mascara, i think you look great. The headwrap is really cute. <3 <3

  6. Lovely dress! The fit, color, neckline... everything looks great on you!!

  7. Thank you thank you ladies :) !

  8. Beautiful job and what a beautiful dress. I always wonder why people don't wear fuller skirts more often. They really are a flattering shape for every woman. I hope you make yourself more of these because it looks stunning on you! I agree with you on this series. It really has opened my eyes to appreciating everything my body has done. GIRL POWER (in my best spice girls voice!)

  9. Gorgeous color - the cut of the dress is very flattering on you!

  10. Pretty, pretty dress and a wonderful color on you Ashley1

  11. The dress is amazing! You did an incredible job! Invisible zippers seem to give me difficulty too.

  12. I adore this dress on you! You look gorgeous, the color flatters you and the fit is perfect.

  13. I am flattered by all the wonderful feedback ladies! Thank you so much. This dress really is the perfect fit and I am so glad I was able to share it with you.

  14. You look amazing. I love this silhouette and color on you. Thank you for your kind encouraging words, it can be such a hard struggle we have with our bodies but we are super heroes we grow humans! Thank you for participating.
    With Love,

  15. Wow, you look fabulous! Very elegant. I got the pattern printed out already, but it sits on quite a pile of printed patterns waiting v to be sewn... But this post makes it go up to the top three :-)

  16. Wish I looked that good with just a swipe of naps are! Lovely dress. I can't wait til the oatterns released-thanks for the sneak peek!

  17. All of your kind words are so uplifting! I will be sewing for myself more often :)


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