|She agreed to pose only if the tomato pin cushion could pose with her.|
|She made him a face of pins which is beyond adorable.|
Okay, so how did I do it? A lot of psyching myself up to start. I must have looked at 100 different patterns and online tutorials to decide what I wanted to make (and to convince myself I could make it). The basic bodice pattern I took from "Little Girls, Big Style" which I bought last week. I used the size 4 pattern- my daughter is on the upper end of a size 3- and it turned out a little tight, just an FYI. The lower half of the dress I did without a pattern. You can't really tell from the photos, but the bottom is a bubble. I did the gathering with the help of this awesome online tutorial at The Handmade Dress. It really was helpful. I didn't do it perfectly, but now I know how to do it.
I lined the whole dress with muslin because that was the only neutral fabric I had with that much yardage. The lining made it a little thick to attach the bottom of the dress to the bodice, but it gave the dress more substance. It's heavy and fluffy.
|Attaching the bodice to the dress-lining sandwich was a little tricky.|
-the straps (which button in the back) benefited greatly from my previous tote bag making; I'm no longer struggling with the fold and sew. There should be confetti exploding over my head for that.
-the button and buttonhole-making process was a non-issue this time around.
-I'm struggling still with the cutting. I think I just need to be more patient. I also need a cutting table because my back does not appreciate the stooping over. I had to re-cut the straps and the lining because I did it wrong the first time.
-the bubble bottom isn't the best, but it is fun. I'll try it again another time, maybe actually follow a pattern! To make it I attached the raw edge of the dress to the edge of the (shorter) lining which is something I should have done by hand. It is a little funky as is. Next time.
-this would be a really cute dress with a nice fancy fabric, maybe a wide silk belt that ties in the back? I don't know, it could really use some embellishment. Maybe a yo-yo or two? Some lace?
-cost was probably $8-9 in materials. It took me probably about 5 hours. Maybe a little less.
Verdict: Successful! The first of many dresses, I hope. Abby will wear it to the Irish Hooley mid-March and will hopefully be just as happy as she was today in it. And she'll be wearing a turtleneck and tights too. It is freezing here!
Places I've linked up! (My first such attempt!):