|The Shamrock Princess- so regal. She is above looking at the camera.|
Actually, my husband and I attended a big fancy-shmancy party last night where after a few hours I was wishing desperately shoes were optional. I really do hate heels.
I realized Friday afternoon that I haven't made Abby anything in ages and felt kind of guilty. I got a bee in my bonnet and whipped up this dress. It is made with the cheapest costume satin ever produced which I think I bought last year imagining I'd make a Tinkerbell costume for her. The sash is leftover from Viv's jumper, one of three St. Patrick's Day projects I did last year. I'm slacking.
|No sash = pleats in action!|
Notes on the project: Used my turning tool for the first time with the sash, though I'm pretty sure I used it wrong, but whatever, it was long and pointy. Used the same bodice pattern from Little Girls, Big Style I've used before (it is a really easy pattern, I recommend for beginners highly) and I made the same mistake I did before which was not make the straps more narrow. I think they are just too wide, or perhaps Abby is just that slight. I've made a note in the book now so I'll remember if I do it again.
I did pleats instead of gathers for a more neo-classic look and made the skirt longer for the "gown" effect and wider to accommodate the pleats and so cut the two sides of the skirt at 25" X 25" each. I lined bodice with muslin, but not the skirt. The only other change is the buttons: I couldn't find my button-hole foot (I didn't look too hard) so I just sewed in Velcro and put fake buttons on the outside. I think in the future I'm just going to put a zipper up the back of the bodice and sew the straps into both sides. It will look a lot neater.
Cost: Took me maybe three hours? Maybe four-ish. Went way faster then last year's St. Patrick's Day dress and was considerably less stressful. I already owned all the fabric and it wasn't terribly high quality so I'd guess $5.
Verdict: Preschoolers do not need evening gowns. It is a tripping hazard. That said, success!
|This is Abigail's fake beauty queen reaction: "I can't believe I won! Little ol' me?!"|