Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
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Dress design for Shabby Apple dresses

Some of you may remember the Shabby Apple Dare to Design Contest from last year (I'm pretty sure there's only been one before).  In this contest, people design dresses and submit them to Shabby Apple, who then posts the top 15 for voting on their site.  The one that receives the most votes becomes part of next spring's collection!  Last year, the fabulous Kathleen from Grosgrain won with a super cute little dress.  Who knows what all fantastic contributions there have been this year, but I would love-love-love to be considered!
Submissions are due very soon so I've been thinking away and came up with this dress to submit.  Think of it as a springy, preppy pinky dress.
I wanted to use the Peter Pan collar, and this is honestly my fave bodice style of summery dress except with sleeves added.
I made it in pink since I had some and I thought it would be cute, but honestly I'd love to see this dress made of navy or navy with white pin dots!  Or maybe of red!
It's made of a cotton poplin with a slight stretch and zips up the side.  Hits at the natural waist, and fits closely.
I like the fun pointed collar detail at the back!

Wish the pictures weren't so shady.  It's hard to stage pictures for a spring dress in October!
It has an almost-full skirt.  I thought about making the skirt a little less full or a little shorter, and am still not sure which I like best.  It is fun to wear, though!

Anyway, I hope to make my contribution to the great collection of Shabby Apple dresses!


  1. LOVE IT!!! i want to make this immediately.

  2. I'm a sucker for a peter pan collar myself. I love the vintage sweetness this dress portrays. Hope you win! :o)

  3. I just got a Burda pattern that has a collar style just like that. This is so cute!!

  4. I love your dress! The peter pan collar is to die for, and it has such a great feminine, vintage feel. Very nicely done.

  5. You look arling in that dress. Very cute!

  6. Very cute for spring!

  7. Jessica11/11/2010

    Gorgeous dress! Definitely calls out for a dainty petticoat underneath.




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