I recently came across Project Run and Play (which I think Trina had mentioned before). They do sewing challenges and you can win prizes, and it just sounds all sorts of fabulous. And what would you know, the first challenge of the year is a bubble dress -- something that I had just written on my goal list not two weeks ago. So of course I had to do it!
I originally got the material for my first wedding (way back in 2003) and my Mom turned it into a tablecloth for me. It doesn't fit our current table, and the butterflies were just too perfect for this project. I used my same hand-drafted bodice and sleeve patterns as my storybook shirt, squaring up the neckline and shortening the bodice length and sleeves. I was glad I had the pink ribbon on hand to complete the look - it definitely needed something to define the waistline. There is a large pink button on the back, but with the addition of the sash it looks weird, so I'm going to swap it out for a black button (any excuse to go to the store!).
I have to say it is amazing what I've been able to learn in a year! Last January I barely sewed my first pair of pants, and now I'm making my own patterns and sewing with more confidence. I look forward to another year of learning. I wonder what I'll be able to do by next January!