Birthday Dress Pattern Review
Since Haley had her birthday this weekend, received her presents, and opened them. I can now show you pictures of the finished dress. However, I forgot to take interior construction pictures before I wrapped and sent it off, so my apologies for the dearth of those photos.
By all accounts, Haley loves her dress and she looks so pretty in pink.
Construction notes: I used no pattern for this dress. With the help of my teacher Thea and some measurements of a RTW dress that Haley already owned, we drafted a pattern for this dress. The bodice of the RTW wear dress was 18 inches in circumference and the straps were 2 inches in from the sides. Since elastic thread for shirring cuts the width down by 1/2 I started with 2 pieces of the floral fabric (front and back) 19 inches wide each (1 inch added for SA’s). I pressed the top of the bodice under twice and used the elastic on top of the hem to secure and start the shirring at the same time. I shirred for about 7-8 times around until it looked right in length from top to bottom. I seamed and gathered the solid pink band using my gathering foot, remember my new boyfriend? In retrospect, I realized that I had forgotten to tighten my stitch tension, so the gathers are not as gathered, but I still like it. It’s subtle. Then I added the lace at the bottom. I bought the lace in Philly when I was there for PR Weekend. Doesn’t it just take this simple dress to a whole new level? It’s definitely “one more louder.” I must give full credit to Thea for turning the straps for me. I have been very frustrated with my turner, but she seemed to have no problem whatsoever with it. Hmmm… I attached the straps and this dress was done! Very simple. I constructed the entire dress (minus attaching the straps) in one evening. I can see a sweatshop in my near future making little girl dresses. 😉
And here’s little Haley in her dress. Isn’t she super duper cute?
In other sewing news, I finished my Burda dress and love it. Lots to tell about that little adventure, but I must save it for another post. Not sure if it’s work wearable though. It might be a little too sexy momma for the office. I’ll have to ask my sister’s opinion.
Happy sewing everyone!