My First Dress-Finished for Reals+Bonus Round

The last time I posted about my first dress I had finished it but was not happy with the fit. Since then I’ve fixed that bodice and made two other dresses, one of which will be featured over on the Minerva CraftsΒ blog in a guest post by yours truly(so exciting!).

I am so happy I bought this dress pattern πŸ’– I’ve learned a lot! Fitting adjustments, making a muslin, princess seams, and a lapped zipper just to name a few. Along with learning new skills, I’ve also gained confidence in my sewing abilities and am excited to make all the pretty dresses 😊

Here are some pictures of my hot air balloon dress(finally!).

I had to take the badly fitting bodice off and make a whole new bodice, attach the new bodice to the skirt, make new straps, and redo the facings but in the end, it was worth it! Next time I won’t procrastinate on learning the correct way to fit, I’ll do it the right way the first go-round. At least I hope I will!

I also had to remake the bias tape ruffles around the neckline, because I couldn’t salvage the old ones from the ill-fitting bodice. If you want to know how I made them, read about that inΒ My First Dress-Almost Done!


I really wanted to use horsehair braid on the hem of the skirt to add volume, but I’d have to buy some and I’m on a no spend. So instead I took some hard netting I had laying around from a failed tulle skirt and experimented a little(that’s the fun part of sewing, no?)

I ended up cutting out wide strips of the netting, folding them in half a couple of times, and sewing them together to make a very long netting snake/tube. Then I sewed that to the bottom of my skirt just like I would have sewn on the horsehair braid. It worked out quite well, I think. I’m not going to dry my dress though, as I’m not sure if the netting would hold up through the heat. I have washed it in the washer and it’s held up just fine(win!).

I had a bunch of pictures I was going to use to show you how I used the netting, but I accidentally cooked my phone. I was distractedly cooking and left my phone on what I thought was the turned off burner; it turns out that the pan was on the off burner and my phone was on the turned on burner…..oops.

Here’s a picture of the netting installed in the dress:



Inside of the dress




Outside of the dress


I really like how the netting makes the hem stand out more. I’d do that to the other dresses I made but I ran out of netting. Hmmm…what else could I use?

I also made this cute pink polka dot version too. I love this one, it’s my favorite out of the ones I’ve made ❀

The tie straps weren’t supposed to happen, but I’m glad that they did! You see, I accidentally made the straps too short. Instead of taking the facing off and redoing all of that stuff(what a pain!) I decided to make them into tie straps. I had wanted to make a tie strap version anyways but hadn’t because I didn’t want my bra straps to show.


I’m so glad I made that mistake, it turned out to be a good thing.


The ladies in the sew along group for the B6453(you can find it on Facebook) were such a big help to me! I’m not sure I would’ve been able to sew these dresses on my own. I’m so thankful to them ❀

I’ll probably make more of these dresses, there are so many different ways you can make them(such as strap types, neckline details, waist ties, etc.) I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of this pattern!

Have you made any B6453 dresses? In what way(s) have you made it your own? Comment below with your answers!

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15 thoughts on “My First Dress-Finished for Reals+Bonus Round

  1. Minn says:

    How cute it is! And it suits you so well, the fitting is just perfect. I’m currently making my first dress, another pattern though, and I really hope it will look that good.

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