That’s what I’ll call this dress. It’s got lots of cute little bugs on it but the one resembling Gaston just happened to be cut right in the middle of the front panel. I can’t think of anything else except Ben and Holly when I look at it.
I used the same pattern as the Foxy Dress, but made the skirt much more flared. I was contemplating a circle skirt but I haven’t sewn in so long I just wanted to start (again) with something simple. It has a lining for the upper body in white cotton but the fabric is upholstery weight (which I almost never use for clothing) so I wanted to keep it thinner for the skirt half so it has a bit of movement.
The back (‘scuse the creases, it was ironed).
And I decided to take each of the colours from the print and hem the dress four or five times. It’s not complicated, and I doubt I’ve done anything that hasn’t been done a hundred times already, but it’s a really sweet touch on a mostly white dress.
It’s splendid because that’s my girl’s new favourite word. A three year old dclaring anything as spendid is cute as can be.
Anyway, this cute dress was made because I just really fancied shirring something. I had the fabric, and for some reason a whole unused spool of shirring elastic.
I measured the intended recipient, made a tube of fabric, hemmed top and bottom and 10″ wider than her body measurement. I then set about shirring, in intervals of around 5mm. I read nearly everywhere that shirring elastic doesn’t like reverse stitching for securing, but my top loading bobbin machine almost had to have it, shirring without it just wouldn’t work and I found ONE single tutorial that suggested the reverse stitch and that worked for me.
Since the picture was taken, I’ve added two simple shoulder straps.
Remember this sweet little Snap Wrap Dress?
I had three quarters of yard of this beautiful fox fabric, not quite enough to make another dress but I usually prefer to make something new each time anwyay. I made the beginnings of the Snap Wrap dress, only shorter and instead of tying the straps into a halter I sewed button holes instead to make a slightly more comfortable strap for my fussy gal.