Sewing Skills

I have always been intrigued by Butter by Nadia dresses. If you haven’t heard of them, they are these wrap dresses that you can wear a million different ways.

They are really popular as bridesmaids dresses and I always wanted one but wasn’t really into the colors that they had when I first looked. And then I recently saw that they have a ton of cute new prints and styles.

So I bought this cute little plaid one but in black and white.

I got it about a month ago but I have yet to wear it as it is really kind of confusing! It’s like a skirt with two really really long straps so I’m still figuring out the best way to wear it for my body.

I went online to find some pictures and tutorials of other girls wearing it when I came across rostitchery who made her own version of this dress!

I am so impressed. Even though she says it’s easy, I’m still unsure that I could make it. Make sure to check out her post to see all the different ways she’s figured out how to wear it and her step by step directions. If you have the skills, it would be totally worth it to make it as I paid close to $300 for mine!

I have a sewing machine and I have made pillows, blankets and scarves before but I have never tried making clothes (0r desired to). But recently, when I saw this very helpful video and tutorial from one of my favorite blogs, What I Wore, and I decided that this skirt had to be my first project.

In my search, I also found Weekend Designer who has tutorials on the most amazing designer clothes and then I thought how cool would it be to make something like this Nicole Miller dress?

or this adorable ruffle skirt?

(Issa, perhaps a new skirt to add to your store? hint, hint, wink ,wink)
My mother-in-law is amazing with the sewing machine and actually went to school for making clothes so I am lucky that I can contact her for any tips. I have a feeling she will be getting a lot of calls from me!

So if you have better sewing skills than I, go check these links out and let me know if you make anything, I would love to see it!

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  • Kaitlyn
    February 12, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I LOVE those dresses. I’m on a mission to get Ryan’s mom or grandma to teach me to sew– they can make some fantastic things. I can’t wait to see your final products 🙂

  • Hanako66
    February 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    I love these ideas and can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

  • Nina (femme rationale)
    February 12, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    i can’t sew worth cr@p. it’s def. on my list of things to learn. but i do love these wrap dresses.

  • The Management
    February 12, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    You could totally make it. I’ve followed that tutorial and, no lie, that was like four days after I got my sewing machine. As long as you are careful and do the math, the sewing is no problem.

  • Maegan
    February 12, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    yeah, issa …but make it big enough to fit me!!!! 🙂 That pink number is ADORABLE… .I’m also loving that plaid wrap …I’m surprised by their new editions as well.

  • Cindy
    February 12, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Cool! I am from Seattle also. I just started my first sewing class at Stitches. I want to make my own clothes too! Right now, we are making a pair of pajama pants!

  • Fell4fashion
    February 12, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Thanks for those links! I am following Jessicas sewing “class” too, and as a beginner sewer, love tutorials!

  • captivateme
    February 12, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    I do love those butter dresses but I had no idea they came in plaid–i LOVE that even more! That ruffle skirt is soo cute, thanks for linking the how-to on it.

  • Elizabeth Marie
    February 12, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Those Butter dresses have always baffled me…and now that they come in plaid I think I have to take the plunge and get one!

    So I went to Fashion Design school and then quickly switched over to Fashion Marketing haha…I can’t sew a button, but the links you shared are inspiring me!

    Or someone could just make that ruffled skirt for me…any takers? 🙂

    Love your blog dahling!

  • Jennifer Lee
    February 13, 2009 at 1:54 am

    i wish i could sew… my mothers a seamstress and has been making beautiful wedding gowns her entire life, i feel so shameful i can’t sew. at least i can put on a button tho if needbe! LOL

  • freeTEYme
    February 13, 2009 at 4:20 am

    i used to make clothes for my barbie dolls and those that i don’t like my baby sis would take and sell to her friends lol
    anyway, would love to see your creations
    i have tagged you btw

  • loveandsplendor
    February 13, 2009 at 5:27 am

    hey t! 😉 i am “taking” jessica’s online class, too. i am so excited to see how it all comes together. i plan on swinging by the garment district next monday for my fabric. picking the fabric is always the hardest for me!!

  • xs
    February 13, 2009 at 5:44 am

    sewing is really intimidating. i’m taking a class at otis right now and we’re just making a tote bag, but it makes me nervous. i would love to see issa make that ruffle skirt! can’t wait to see the many ways for you to wear your dress . . .

  • The Stiletto Effect
    February 13, 2009 at 11:22 am

    wow this is such a cool concept 🙂 and the dress look amazing.

  • Lindsay T
    February 13, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Come visit my blog,, and you can get tapped into a whole community of women of all ages who sew and knock off designer clothes. A blogger who is fabulous at reinterpreting RTW is Adriana of the Princess Seam ( Everybody helps each other out and shares tips and techniques.

  • Rachel
    February 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    OMG I have to have that ruffle skirt it’s adorable; I hope she makes them and in a plus size too (HEHEHHE) so I can buy one!

  • Lindsay
    February 13, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    … This makes me really wish I had taken up my mom’s offer to teach me how to sew a couple of years ago!

    I believe AA has a dress like this too where you can wear it like 20 different ways or something? Please post pictures of the skirt once you’re finished!

  • Alischon
    February 14, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    What kind of material is the Butter by Nadia dress made of out? I know rostitchery said “knit” and I was wondering exactly what kind of fabric I should ask for at the store! Could any of you gals look on the labels of your Butter dresses? Thanks!

  • issa
    February 16, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    haha these are all quite cool!!! i really wanna experiment with new styles!! i need more hours in the day!!

  • Chessa!
    February 21, 2009 at 5:18 am

    ummm..I NEED one of those dresses! I LOVE THEM!