My first Rosa dress/first post-baby dress!

I wouldn’t normally say this… but maaaan am I proud of myself for this make. Reasons being twofold; 1 – It’s beaut, 2 – THIS IS MY FIRST MAKE SINCE HAVING THE BABY!

Yep, that’s right. I have a 6 month old AND a whole Tilly and the Buttons Rosa dress. Go me! Sewn entirely in baby nap times. That, my friends, is the ultimate #naptimehustle!

The Rosa dress pattern was released back when I was pregnant. I bought it from Tilly herself at The Handmade Fair. So I knew I wouldn’t be making/wearing a Rosa dress any time soon, as it wouldn’t exactly work with a bump!

So now that I am starting to manage nap times a little bit better, I have been able to steal pockets of time to get my arse back in the sewing room. All part of feeling a bit more like myself again. And it has felt SO good.

The first time I went into the sewing room after having the baby I cried my eyes out. It felt like I was looking at someone else’s life, and couldn’t see how I would ever be able to do even a tiny bit of sewing ever again (all doom and gloom eh!).

But here I am. 6 months down the line. And I have impressed even myself.

Anyway – back to the dress…

Just before I had the baby (literally while I was in labour at home, having my contractions), I decided I wanted to make a dress using different shades of denim. I had been seeing this mixed denim look on the high street quite a bit, so decided to make my own version.

Rosa was an obvious choice, because I had been waiting to make one for the whole of pregnancy – plus, the dress panels meant that using different shades of denim would look more effective.

So sitting there on the sofa, waiting for baby to drop, I planned out how much fabric to order for each shade of denim. Then swiftly placed my order with Fabric Godmother.

The pattern itself was as you would expect – easy to follow with great instructions.

My main challenge with this dress was getting the topstitching just perfect. I had a few sewing machine issues (I am out of love with my Janome DKS100 for breaking twice now!). Once I managed to get my machine fixed, topstitching was a breeze.

Then before I stitched up the side seams, I just checked out fitting by pinning the seams up. She was tight! So I ended up sewing the sides up with a tiny seam allowance. All ended well and I don’t think I looked like ‘the snake that snacked’.

As I was sewing this dress, I kept having reservations about whether or not the mixed denims would work. It wasn’t until I finished it and put it on that I fell in love with it.

I am so so so so happy with the finish. It was worth the time perfecting the white topstitching. And I even managed to finish the dress in time for wearing to The Sewing Weekender. High five to that!

Thanks for reading sewing fans.

12 Comments

  1. by Ginger on September 13, 2017  8:44 pm Reply

    Really nice make! I collect old jeans to upcycle so a project like this really appeals to me.

    • by Gingerthread Girl on September 24, 2017  9:38 am Reply

      Thanks so much! I should do this too - I have so many old pairs of jeans which I keep in the hop that I will squeeze back into them one day soon...!

  2. by Juliana M on September 14, 2017  12:32 am Reply

    You should indeed be proud of yourself, kudos to you. My baby is 3 months old and I want to get in my sewing room, need to make clothes, but there's just a tiny perspective. I am trying really hard!
    Dress is lovely, you look great.

    • by Gingerthread Girl on September 24, 2017  9:32 am Reply

      Oh congratulations to you! It's hard isn't it... but I have to say, I know even managing the tiniest bit of sewing here or there has saved me from going crazy! Like it's a little reminder of who I am, instead of being 100% the new mum version of me. Good luck to you - and I'm keeping everything crossed that you get some decent nap times so you can sew (or sleep/eat/wee if you prefer!) :) x

      • by Juliana M on September 26, 2017  7:54 pm Reply

        ❣️

  3. by Helen J on September 14, 2017  10:47 pm Reply

    The two-tone denim looks fantastic, it's beautifully made and I love the little details. And well done on doing all of that with a 6 month old!

    • by Gingerthread Girl on September 24, 2017  9:27 am Reply

      Thank you! Haha, definitely a challenge doing any sewing with a 6 month old... but through the magic of decent nap times and my husband enabling me to sew, I've managed to get a little bit done. Very slowly slowly... but that's just fine. It saves a little tiny piece of my sanity! :) x

  4. by Let's Get Sewing on September 24, 2017  9:10 am Reply

    This is amazing! I love the Rosa pattern, yours is just stunning!

    • by Gingerthread Girl on September 24, 2017  9:25 am Reply

      Oh thank you so much! Lovely comment :) x

  5. by Lia on September 26, 2017  5:38 pm Reply

    Super sharp collar, great fit, awesome faced hem - this is a great dress!!! You look awesome. : )

    • by Gingerthread Girl on September 27, 2017  1:22 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! I am so pleased with how it turned out :)

  6. by PsychicSewerKathleen on October 27, 2017  2:55 pm Reply

    I love your colour-blocking Rosa in denim! I've been meaning to something like it too. I have some denim to use - I just haven't decided on the pattern yet. A denim dress is something you'll find you wear a LOT. I had one years ago (RTW) that I wore until I couldn't get it over my hips anymore (yes the snake that definitely OVER snacked :) and got old too) but I've been meaning to make myself another to replace it that actually fits :) You've inspired me!

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