Shirtdress in the Sunshine: Day Thirty!

What a beautiful day for the last day of Self-Stitched-September! I ended the month wearing one of my favourite projects, my first vintage dress. And for once, the weather totally cooperated! It was like this all day, clear and sunny. Gorgeous!

What I’m Wearing, Day 30:

  • Self-Stitched Dress: Advance 5937, in chocolate polka-dot cotton rayon
  • Shoes: H&M, purchased this fall and already worn at least ten times!

Read more about the dress here!

This dress is the complete opposite from yesterday’s outfit. I feel pretty in the flared skirt and cute polka dots. The waist is fitted, highlighted by the belt, and yet the rest of the dress is super comfortable and loose. The fabric is a rayon-cotton so it’s super soft and breathes – hurrah!

Self-Stitched September was so different from Me-Made-May – same concept, different time of year and a different set of challenges and struggles. I’m going to put together a summary of the month’s outfits and perhaps a few thoughts on the challenge…

If you participated, what was the hardest part for you? What do you think will change in your wardrobe or sewing plans now that the month is over?

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14 Responses to Shirtdress in the Sunshine: Day Thirty!

  1. quietandsmalladventures October 1, 2010 at 6:12 am #

    i love this dress, it’s gorgeous!!! it looks like it would be so much fun to wear!

  2. Karin October 1, 2010 at 6:21 am #

    Hooray! You made it all the way through SSS! Not an easy task. It’s been fun seeing what you wear everyday. You have a lot of great self sewn clothes in your closet. Now, onto winter :)

  3. Debi October 1, 2010 at 6:29 am #

    this is my favorite dress (that and the red one!) It looks so FANTASTIC on you!

  4. Peter October 1, 2010 at 7:27 am #


    I initially read this as “Shirtless in the Sunshine.”


  5. Tanit-Isis October 1, 2010 at 7:29 am #

    That is a lovely dress! I think the hardest part for me was just the daily picture-taking; the repeat outfits (I had LOTS) wouldn’t’ve been so bad if I hadn’t been emphasizing them by taking photos. On the upside, it made me push myself in terms of outfits (new combinations) and photography (new poses, locations, accessories) so that was good. On the up-side, I have lots of wearable basics. On the downside, having most of your wardrobe made from three basic patterns gets old. Really fast. I need more interesting, unusual, and exciting pieces. ;)

  6. Lisa October 1, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    What a gorgeous dress I love it !

  7. Lizzy October 1, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    Hi! I LOVE this dress!! I love the color, the shape, and how it fits to you! I want to tell you that I enjoyed watching all the posts of your selfstich sept, I wish I could wear clothes made by me during a month!!

  8. Dei October 1, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    Love this. So cheery. You made it through all 30 days. Aren’t you pleased with how much you’ve sewn!

  9. Venus de Hilo October 1, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    What a gorgeous dress to end the month/challenge in! The cuffed sleeves and buttons are lovely details. Congratulations on sticking with all the photo-taking and posting.

    BTW: You’ve inspired me to (maybe) attempt a ‘self-stitched’ vacation 10/5-18. We’ll see how the weekend sewing goes; I’ve produced two wadder tops this week, and may not have time to attempt replacements.

  10. Tilly October 1, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    Such a gorgeous dress! Brown polka dots is definitely on my dress wish list. Well done for getting through SSS!

  11. Katie October 2, 2010 at 5:04 am #

    I love your dress! It’s beautifully sewn and I really like your fabric choice! :)

  12. Fourth Daughter October 2, 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    Love that you’re wearing red with that dress instead of brown or black which I feel many people would go with as safe options!
    The hardest part for me was not wearing something self-stitched every day because I do anyway, but it’s not necessarily something I want everyone in the world to see (pyjamas, trackies, dressing gown…!!)… and also trying to take photos every day was a bit tricky – if I’m wearing something decent it usually means I’m out all day and have to leave too early and get back too late to get good shots outside, which is why so many of mine this month were taken inside… still fun though!

  13. Charlotte / l'Atelier October 3, 2010 at 1:06 am #

    Wonderful dress !

  14. Monica (aka monnibo) October 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    Drop dead gorgeous!