Saturday, May 9, 2015

{Pink Roses and Ruffles House Dress}




This is our beautiful, classic house dress, an original Practically Pretty design. It has 6 gores in the skirt, a feminine, ruffle, 3/4 sleeves, and a V-neckline. Do you have any special wardrobe plans for spring? Blessings!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

{Coral House Dress with a Peter Pan Collar}


A beautiful new, rendition of our classic Ladies House Dress, an original Practically Pretty design. Sarah Lewis, one of our seamstresses, did an exquisite job sewing a pretty fabric into a practical dress. What do you wear daily to remind the world of our Creator's handiwork?




Saturday, December 13, 2014

{Purple Sheer Catherine's Choice Dress}


One of our very talented seamstresses recently made a Catherine's Choice dress out of sheer cotton voile. Isn't it beautiful? It is fully lined and so very practical and pretty! This particular dress does not have nursing access or a skirt that accomodates maternity. When you order a Practically Pretty dress, we customize it to your specifications! For more information see our Ladies Dresses page!



Friday, November 21, 2014

~Christmas Tara Tank Dress



Are you looking for a beautiful holiday dress or a dress for another special occasion? Practically Pretty is the perfect place to order a custom dress for any special occasion! A repeat customer recently ordered this dress made to her specifications. What dress have you been dreaming about? Contact us today!



Monday, September 29, 2014

To Purchase Patterns....

Dear Readers and Customers,

We are no longer using E-Junkie or Paypal to receive payments for patterns. This includes the Girls' Simple Shift pattern, the Ladies' Simple Peasant Blouse pattern, and the Girls' Simple Peasant Blouse Pattern. Please ignore the 'add to cart' buttons in the right side bar. They are no longer functioning.

To purchase patterns, please contact Bettie Need directly: bettie (dot) need13 (@) gmail (dot) com. (remove spaces and parentheses and insert dots) To purchase custom clothing, please do not contact Bettie. Please email the seamstresses directly at practicallyprettybydesign (@) gmail (dot) com.

Thank you!

~The Seamstresses at Practically Pretty by Design

Monday, July 21, 2014

~Tara Tank Nursing Dress

One of our lovely seamstresses, Sarah Lewis, made this beautiful nursing dress from the Serendipity Studio Tara Tank Dress pattern. The Tara Tank dress is the main style while Baker Lane's Catherine's Choice dress is the inspiration for the nursing access. We thought all of you would like to see this creative use of these two patterns. Don't you just love those beautiful tucks? Here at Practically Pretty by Design, we customize clothing to fit your needs and style! Don't hesitate to think outside the box and contact us for your own custom dress!





Thursday, May 2, 2013

Happy Seamstress, Happy Daughter



My dear friend in sewing has sent me a photo of  her daughter, wearing a dress made by adapting the Peasant Blouse Pattern to make a dress! She says:


I made Viola a dress from the blouse pattern I bought from you, and figured I would share a picture of the finished product.   I love the pattern and it is super easy to put together!!!    


I really appreciate your efforts in designing this pattern!
Blessings~Rhoda



In case you were interested here are my sewing notes:    I used the Girls' Peasant Blouse pattern size large. Viola's measurements:  Chest 27", waist 23 1/2",  and hips 32".  For the front blouse I added 1 1/2"  at the hip area, and I didn't take in the curve of the blouse I just cut that straight.   For the back blouse I added 2  1/2"  at the hip area and again I didn't curve the  waist, instead I cut it straight from the arm pit down.  For the waist line elastic and contrast trim,  I measured the blouse from the arm pit down 3 1/2" and that was perfect for her.  I wanted this dress long, plus enough extra length to add a tuck, so I measured  29" down from each edge of the blouse, and made each half of the dress 16" wide at the bottom.  This gave her a total hem width of 64".   For the neck and waist  elastic measurements I kinda went by the girls shift dress pattern.  Viola has plenty of room to grow in this dress, so I'm hoping to be able to use this pattern for another year or so yet.