Not a pattern review: Katie’s Birthday dress
Unfortunately, I do not have pictures of Katie in her dress yet, but I have more to show you than just a hanger shot. This dress was great muscle flexing for me. It challenged me in many ways:
- I got back together with my boyfriend, the ruffler, and mastered Ruffling 101 and 201
- I reacquainted myself with math (doubling numbers as a matter of fact)
- I used PowerPoint to play with dress design and determine which prints/fabrics to use on Katie’s dress
- Found a great spaghetti strap tutorial (more on that later).
This in, in its essence, a very simple dress. I started with Katie’s chest circumference (21 inches). Since the bodice is shirred (2:1 ratio), I cut 2 navy cotton panels of 21 inches each for a total of a 42 inch circumference and the same for the floral skirt. The lengths of the bodice and skirt are completely up to you. I don’t exactly recall what lengths I chose, but let’s call it 8 inches for the navy and maybe 20 inches for the floral. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I dithered for a long time about adding a navy cotton ruffle on the bottom because I thought it would be too heavy for the floral voile. And adding just a floral ruffle seemed oh so boring. So I brilliantly came up with adding a tier to the flounce with an additional 1 inch navy strip (also ruffled). I remembered to double the length of the navy strip to an 84 inch circumference and to then double the 4 inch floral ruffle to 168 inches total. Phew! That’s a lot of ruffle to gather and hem! The resulting flounce is at the extreme side of twirly to say the least. 😉
If that explanation of how to make a similar dress isn’t clear enough for you, please let me know in the comments.
Again, here’s the dress in all it’s hanger glory.
And a close up of the navy and floral ruffle flounce…
The shirred bodice. I wish I had been a little more circumspect when sewing the shirred lines — they’re a little inconsistent.
This was the first time that I made spaghetti straps and actually enjoyed the process. Honest! Usually I dread turning the straps right side out. This time, though, I found this great tutorial that worked like a charm and was super fast. I love it and will be using it from now on. My straps are a 1/4 inch wide.
And I saved the best (of Katie’s dress) for last*…
I can’t tell you how proud I was to sew one of my new labels into something I made. Look ma, I’m an all grown up sewist now! *heart*
* In other sewing news: Carolyn did me a solid last week. She gave me a heads up about her pilgrimage to Fabric Mart’s brick and mortar store and I
stalked looked at their website and found two knits that I could not live without. Check out what Carolyn brought back for me!
The first one is an abstract with tons of colors. I have no idea what I will make with it yet but I just adore it. Click the photos of each fabric to go to the their Fabric Mart pages on line.
The second one is a pink and red ikat-esque knit. Those are my colors and I just had to have it. I see this as a dress for sure!
I think some knit dresses might need to creep onto and in front of the short list. Don’t you agree?