Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dressed for Derby

What a fun project this turned out to be! My daughters went to the Kentucky Derby this year and, of course, needed new dresses. The Oaks is the day before Derby and is partnered with Bright Pink, an organization which focuses on risk reduction and early detection of breast cancer. Everyone is encouraged to wear pink and they do!

Remember the Little White Dress Contest sponsored by Well, Hannah wore her little white dress with a beautiful pink hat which she bought on ebay. The hat has a stargazer lily which is the official flower for The Oaks.

Little White Dress Kentucky Oaks
The Oaks

Just for fun, Hannah entered the Longines Kentucky Oaks Fashion Contest. Simon Baker from The Mentalist was one of the judges and told her that she looked "beautifully understated". Made her day!

The Oaks Longines Fashion Contest

The next day was the 140th running of The Kentucky Derby. Sarah wore Vogue 1236 in red/white striped seersucker. I made the same adjustments that I made for "The Underwear Dress" and it turned out great! I lined it with a cotton batiste and added a zipper to the back to make it easier to put on and take off.

Vogue 1236 Vogue 8648
Patternreview link

She wanted a monogrammed bow for her hat because it's all about the hats at The Derby.

Monogrammed hat

Hannah's dress is Vogue 8648. I've had this pattern in my stash for a Susan Khalje class on Craftsy but haven't had the time to start. The pattern was designed to be cut on the bias. Instead, I marked the straight grain and cut the medium weight linen straight. There are lots of seams for taking up and letting out so it was extremely easy to get a good fit.

Vogue 8648 Kentucky Derby
Patternreview link

My daughters loved their classic Made by Mommy dresses. While Hannah was standing in line for the Longines Fashion Contest, one of the contestants asked her if her dress was Lily Pulitzer. She told her no, it's a JanMade! That makes it all worthwhile.


  1. Jan, I always get so excited when I see a new post from you on my reader. Your sewing is so beautiful. Love the dresses.

  2. Your daughters look so beautiful in their dresses! You're sewing is so impeccable! I wouldn't be surprised if more people want some JanMade dresses :)

  3. You are awesome! And your daughters are so lucky. They are so sweet and seem very appreciative of your sewing for them. Can you please ask your daughter about both her hats? I want them both! A link to the ebay seller would be great.

    1. Sorry for the delay in posting the hat information. I've been reminding my daughter to find it for me and finally she did! The Ebay seller is silverandbuttons. Hannah bought the pink hat from her. We made the other hats using inexpensive hats from WalMart which we decorated ourselves.


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