Sewing 101 – Disaster

As you all may know, my Sweety bought me a sewing machine for Christmas. It lived in the box for what seems like an eternity. One day, I was brave enough to take it out of its sleeping quarters, and give it a new home on my sewing table. It lived there for a while, untouched. I started watching YouTube tutorials for “beginner sewers”, such as myself. It literally took me an hour to figure out how to thread the needle & the bobbin. After I finally got it all threaded, the machine sat again for a few weeks. So one Saturday, I sat down and played around with stitching.  After much practice, I finally got the hang of it. So you know I thought I was a professional seamstress at this point, right? LOL! Well, I bought this “project dress” below. All I wanted to do was shorten the hem & make me a cute little mini dress. Disaster!
After countless amounts of thread
A broken needle later
And me finally having to finish it by hand
I present to you……my first DIY mini dress romper!!! Unfortunately, I cut the hem too short, so it would not have been a mini dress, but more like a tunic/shirt! So I relied on my trusty YouTube tutorials again to teach me how to transform a skirt into shorts….and here you have it!
Let me just say that you will NOT be seeing me wear this. It is now too small! FAIL!
So how do you think I did for my 1st sewing experience? Do I get an A for effort?


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60 responses to “Sewing 101 – Disaster”

  1. gen321 says:

    Cute! Hate you can't wear it, but it does give hope for the future. LOL! Now, I feel like I need a sewing machine.

  2. NRC♥ says:

    I really like it.
    Yup A for effort chick.

  3. diva27406 says:

    Very cute great job!

  4. Natalie says:

    A+ for effort! So cute, now you have me thinking of dresses I can make into rompers!

  5. The Corner Shop says:

    Definitely A for effort Hon! Hope i can do this soon. I only just started sewing lessons- i've only learned how to sew straight lol!


  6. Jerrica says:

    Wow looks a lot better them my dress from scratch. You did a great job though just keep practicing.


    Fashion Nostalgia

  7. Bajan Beauty says:

    Looks great, what do we do before youtube! I was gifted a sewing machine a while back, I started off strong but ummm let's just say I haven't made or altered one piece of clothing yet! lol

  8. LA Lynn's says:

    U did a GR8 1st JOB!!!! I hate you can't wear it but U can always gift it to me!!!!! LOL!!!!

  9. Inez of Style Chic....360 says:

    it really sucks it's too small, because it's so cute. I think you did a great job…and yes A for effort!

  10. SiSi Sparkles says:

    nice try hunny, it looks really cute in the pic though!!

  11. Eugenia Woods says:

    A for effort for sure! I love it!!

  12. RocquelleIsLovely says:

    Ha! Love it! I've had a sewing machine for 3 years and have yet to be as ambitious! I'm inspired now though 🙂

  13. Baby Budget Blog says:

    Well, I must say it looks cute laying there on the floor! After the needle broke, I would have burst into tears and thrown the whole thing away so kudos for at least finishing 🙂

  14. Amber- Real Girl Glam says:

    Definite A+ for effort! You are brave to try sewing something on your own. I don't think I would have gotten as far as you. Great job!

  15. LaToya says:

    BRAVO!!! I think it's dope you flipped that dress into a romper the way you did. Sucks it's too small but at least you know you can do it! I need to try some more DIY with my clothes. This was inspiration!!

  16. sundaze says:

    A+! I love the fact that you just went balls to the wall with it and made something work. The romper looks cute the way you've styled it. Sorry it doesn't fit.

  17. fshnonmymind says:

    Aww, but it looks so cute too!!!
    I applaud you for even tackling a sewing project just by Youtube and practice. I took a sewing class ages ago and my mother and I bought a sewing machine. It sadly goes unused now.

    I say you look up a local community center or fabric store for a beginner's lesson. You could get some helpful hints and tips at once that will keep you from wasting so much time and thread. Good luck with your next sewing project!!!

  18. Sing says:

    Haha, at least you tried. I do NOT have the patience for sewing at all.

  19. BESOS LYNN says:


  20. SAT says:

    Definite A++. Dress into a romper that's pass the beginner stage in my book!

  21. Monique says:

    You tried but um, how did you break the needle? I started off sewing with no formal training and I'm still trying to complete my first project for the 3rd time. Look up Threads on Youtube. They have some good tutorials.

  22. downtownchicagobarbie says:

    First of all I'm laughing too hard because I've been there and done that. Actually you did really well for your first try. You should actually practice some more. The fact that you turn the dress into a romper says potential. Totally get an A.

  23. antonia says:

    yes you get an A for effort! this post was hilarious!

  24. Iky says:

    Definitely A for effort, looks cute !

  25. Laura says:

    I give you an A for effort!!! You did a good job selvaging the dress I know what it's like to go through a sewing disaster I have had my fair share of them but with practice and perseverance you will get there =)

  26. sacramento says:

    You have done soooooooooooo well.

  27. She's All Proper says:

    you definitely get an A for effort– yess! Betta than I would have gotten. Placing it on the floor shows how well it was constructed.

    How about I do even know how to operate a sewing machine –so that's a FAIL! lol!

  28. legsnshoes says:

    ME TOO! It took me more than a FEW hours to study youtube and learn how to thread the needle and put a hem in something. Add to all of that and I HATE ironing, the heart of sewing. This is an inspiration to stop neglecting my sewing machine though. And you did a great job! *coughwhatsizeisthatropmercough*

  29. Erika says:

    You get an A++++ for effort and patience. I love the romper and I hope you can find somebody that can wear it. Maybe you can turn it into a shirt. Anyway..great job.

  30. J'Adore Fashion says:

    Wow! This beyond A+++! Great job Hun! I need to learn how to sew again! 🙂


  31. Strictli Hair says:

    HEY….NO FAIL!!! You did great!!! Sucks that it's too small though! At least you were able to salvage it some kind of way…I'm pretty sure I would have ruined it and it would have been in the trash! LOL! Definitely an E for effort! 🙂

  32. Monroe Steele says:

    Wow thats awesome. it looks amazing. I cant wait to see you wear it. I like it better as shorts too!

    xoxo Monroe

    Fashion Steele NYC


    I love the romper, and I'm happy that you did not give up. Your presentation is the best

  34. yummychunklet says:

    Definitely A for effort!

  35. Katie Mac says:

    Yes a big "A" for effort…that's great that you made an attempt to sew. Keep trying and you'll get better!

  36. Adrienne says:

    ROFLOL!!! You did GREAT!! I only laugh because I've been there!! Try It's a superb site for anyone. If you have any questions, email me and I'll help in anyway I can. I'm no pro, but I love to help if I'm able.

  37. Cupcakes and Cosmopolitans says:

    OMG, how cute! I likes, I likes!
    If I was wearing a hat right now, I would tip it towards you, or however that saying/action goes.
    & you can totally wear that romper with some black tights. That's what I do if rompers are too short.

    Deff get a A+!

    xo $ARMIN

  38. mrsjay says:

    LOL you're funny!

  39. Dee O. says:

    It looks AMAZING as a romper! I love it!!!

    That GOOD GOOD Blog

  40. Fatshion And Fattitude says:

    take it from me, for your first project you diod great! you picked such a hard project to do though, even i cannot make a short, romper, pants yet. those things are hard to do. you know what, you should try a wide banded short or long flare skirt first. here are some channels on youtube to help you start.
    Giannyl: she is so amazing, she makes sewing seem like child's play. and her designs are beginner friendly
    try them out and see if it helps.

  41. Michelle of Chellbellz says:

    ha, you just motivated a sister to pull out her sewing machine. i really want to make some pencil skirts for the fall in like every color imaginable! A blogger i follow sews her dresses by hand! Girl I can't even imagine doing that! I love the jumper! maybe yoou can donate it to someone who can be fashionable! you never know where it will end up!

  42. Kerissa says:

    Oh ma gosh this is too cute. A fail turned into a fashion plus. Is it my size? I use to love sewing when I was in high school but real life happened. I admire you for challenging yourself. We all know you can learn everything on YouTube.

  43. k come karolina says:

    great pics!!!

    xoxo from rome

  44. Toria says:

    LOL @ your story! But I think it turned out toooo cute! I love the print, and I am sorry to hear that you are not able to wear. You will get better with time I'm sure. 🙂

  45. I Goodie 2 Shoes says:

    So you did an amazing job!

    Umm you could just add to ROF store!

    Or do it as a Give IT AwAy!! to a lucky reader!

  46. FROM THE "REZ" TO THE "CITY" says:

    Awe man!! Well you gave it your best shot sweetie and we learn from our mistakes…next time you will KILL IT!! Love the romper outfit! Kiah

  47. Alina F. says:

    Beautiful dress!You did an amazing job!xoxo

  48. GiftedAmy says:

    Great job…with sewing broken needles are a part of life, don't get frustrated keep on going.

  49. Ag says:

    definitely an A for effort!!! I loved it!

  50. Vivi says:

    For a first timer, you did a good job. And I liked how you styled it. Maybe you should do a giveaway since the finished product turned out to be too small. I've been meaning to take sewing classes for eons. Never really considered YouTube. Will definitely check it out.

  51. Mz More says:

    Definitely an A for effort. The Romper looks too cute!

  52. Alaina M says:

    You did awesome! I've been wanting to turn my skirt into a pair of shorts for some time. Can you post the link to the tutorial you watched?

  53. Annette says:

    Hey Prissy,
    I love the romper suit that you produced. It sooo friggen hot you done well. Even if it is a size 2 small. You should defo sell that piece on and as the old saying goes practice makes perfect!!!

  54. drreginia says:

    This is lol Girl, the end result is too cute. I wish we could get a tiny preview. Loving that bag too. I say A++ for effort and result.

  55. Charee Lenee' says:

    Now this it CUTE!! You DEF get an A+. LOL Now I see your going to have to help me. I have a sequin dress that I want to transform into shorts or a jumper. I see you are the gal to help me with that little project!! LOL

  56. Fashion Guru says:

    oh wow…great work.

  57. says:

    Hey pretty girl, I love it all from head to toe!!!

  58. pretty haute says:

    You rock!

  59. MissRockwell says:

    My sewing machine need broke the EXACT same way and now it's just been sitting in my garage-useless. How do you plan to fix yours?

    You definitely get an A from me for the romper. It is the ish!!! And I love how you styled it. Are you gonna put it in your shop?

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