Michael’s NDAD Creation

Apr 6, 2014 | 29 Comments

When I saw this piece from Michael come in, I was in love with it. He went with a vintage pattern to get his sew on and it’s making me want to make a version of my own. Check out what he did…

I’m disappointed in the selection of clothing for my daughter so I figured, I’m an ironworker and I can build darn near anything, why not sew? I used to watch my mother and grandmother sew, so how hard could it be? I first tried to create a blind hem, as I’m very good at three-dimensional thinking, however fabric is a whole new world and the sewing machine mocked me. I tried another time and then I purchased a pattern – this vintage Du Barry, at the flea market.

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Vintage pattern love!


What will Michael’s finished product turn out looking like??

With this pattern, I created a dress for my daughter.

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The fabric, along with the buttons and facing, was probably about $40, tops. It’s the second dress that I’ve made for her. The first was more of a ‘testing the waters’ affair and it inspired me to purchase a few old and new sewing reference books.

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A dear friend gave me a sweet Kenmore sewing machine., so next up will be a dress for the wife and a pair of pants for my son.

I love what you made, Michael! How incredible does it feel to have such a sewing success? Your daughter looks great and that vintage pattern is just so chic. I would totally make this dress in my size! Hope that Kenmore machine is treating you well – I look forward to seeing how the dress for your wife and pants for your son turn out…make sure to send them along!!

  • Natchez

    Cute dress, cute daughter! Nice work!

  • Ariel

    Great job, Michael! Way to grab the bull by the horns and give it a shot (with awesome success, too)!

  • Sarah_H.

    Very nice sewing! Lots of people who sew extensively swear by vintage patterns. I think that one turned out especially well. Hope you show us more.

  • Sue

    So cute, great job Michael. Can’t wait to see what else you come up with.

    Your daughter looks adorable.

  • http://www.katiefoolery.com/ Katie

    That giant smile on his daughter’s face says it all – what a fantastic achievement!

    • admin

      Agreed! Love her smile :)

  • Dina Honeycutt

    Have to agree with Michael’s assessment of much of the girl’s clothing choices today… and so does my daughter (who won’t wear them). Great job on your project Michael!

  • kissem37

    Fantastic job! Your family is lucky to have such a terrific dad :)

  • Diana

    Sewing is therapeutic! LOVE vintage patterns. The lines and interest are GREAT! Good luck with future endeavors, and a Kenmore is a great choice for a machine!

  • Cassie M Schoonover

    oh my god… You are such an awesome husband and daddy!
    That dress turned out amazing :)

    • newdressaday

      Best ever, right??

  • Mary Garrett

    Well done! Having valiantly enforced our school’s dress code, I applaud attractive and appropriate clothing choices, and the talent in creating them.

  • Anne R

    Love the dress. It fits so well and your daughter looks very nice in it.

  • the scarlet petticoat

    michael, you created a beautiful dress and your darling daughter looks delighted. i sew for my children and that look on their faces makes it even more special.

  • MJ

    I love that you are sewing for your daughter and wife! What a special treat to be able to have your loved ones wear your creations. My grandfather also knew how to sew from his merchant marine days on the ship. Cheers to dads getting into to sewing!

    • admin

      Three cheers for Michael!!

  • Cathryn

    Love it!!!

  • JunoB

    SWEET SWEET SWEET! (The dress, the girl, the dad . . . . )

  • AnnShettles

    That is awesome. I too am disappointed at the clothes available for our daughters and granddaughters. You did a great job. I once knew of a man that made most of his families clothes. He was very good at it but felt he had to hide it. I thought that was sad. Be proud of what you do.

  • Amanda

    I love that this was submitted by a guy. A sewing machine is not much different than a power tool used in the garage. If you can use a chop saw & cut angles, you can certainly sew. Love the dress, it looks fantastic! Super cute daughter! Very inspiring. I hope Michael keeps posting!

    • admin

      Me too!!

  • http://highlifeonthecheap.wordpress.com/ Jennifer

    I really, really like this! The outfit is timeless – it doesn’t look like something from the past at all. I agree that the clothes available for the young girls today is garbage – a lot of the outfits look too…*ahem*…”grown up”, IMO. I agree with Marissa – I’d make that dress in my size, too.

  • Blondie

    I just LOVE vintage patterns !!!!!!!!!

    • admin

      I always check Goodwill and garage sales for them! I want to frame a few that I’ve found because they’re incredible!!

  • Carolyn

    Michael, you can save even more money by finding large dresses or skirts at a thrift shop and using the material to make dresses for your daughter, which is a rewarding way to recycle.

  • Melanie Hakimipour

    Love that pattern! It’s so pretty.

  • Joelle

    Sounds like my great uncle Tom, he worked for a couple of big name designers and often would throw a dress together for his wife at the lastt minute when she’d cry “I have nothing to wear!”.

    Big time man points to Michael for being secure enough in his masculinity to try his hand at sewing.

    The new styles in girls’ clothing has turned the tide back about 200 years to pre-victorian era when children were dressed like miniature versions of their parents. Victorians wanted a way of differentiating children from adults and felt that to dress a child as an adult was “courting a sense of maturity and independence that was lacking in the mind” – I might have that quote off a bit and can’t remember where I read it, but essentially when you dress a child as an adult they feel that they are already more mature than they really are.

    Victorians brought forth the concept of “Children’s clothing” which was more suited to play. Girls wore pinafores to cover their dresses which kept them cleaner and their hems came to just below the knees, boys wore thicker, heavier fabrics which wouldn’t tear as easily and what were referred to as “short pants” which resembled breaches. Upon the occasion of their introduction to society (about 16) the hemline on a girl’s skirt was lowered to the floor to cover her legs for decency and boys got to wear full-length pants or “trousers”. This was also about the time that the children would leave the nursery and be given their own rooms.

    By “graduating” from childish clothing to adult clothing, the Victorians found that a greater sense of maturity and responsibility were evidenced by youth of the day and the practice of different clothing based on age appropriateness was developed in society.

    Unfortunately, starting with bikinis for infants and progressing to lingerie companies developing children’s clothing lines, the kids of the 80s (my peers, woo hoo!) grew up to treat children like dolls and dress them up in hooker clothing just like they wear everyday. Now 4 year olds are wearing outfits like the one Julia Roberts wore on Hollywood Blvd in Pretty Woman and nobody sees anything wrong with this.

    Now is a great time to be a pedophile!

    So the biggest applause goes to Michael for standing up to society and letting his little girl stay little for a bit longer.

    • admin

      Let the claps be endless!!

  • Kate Martin

    What a great project. I love vintage patterns. Fantastic work!