Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Dress

Is Easter really over already? Seems like it came and went so quickly! I was so excited to make this Easter dress.  It's only the second dress I made and my 3rd or 4th finished sewing project. It's really my first major project. Doesn't she look gorgeous in it! I found this shirred fabric at Joann's and thought it would make for a nice and easy dress project.  It didn't take too long to make and I am so pleased with the finished project.  I loved telling my family that I made this dress! I was so proud of the dress but even more proud of the lovely little girl wearing it!
Basically, this is what I did.  It really on required a seam up the back.  Which I had to redo because I didn't measure (need to add a measuring tape to the sewing list must-haves) and the first time I did it it was way too big.  I cut the bottom of the dress and used that for the straps.  I folded the fabric in thirds, pressed and sewed the straps on.  I did a straight stitch across diagonally, reversed for a couple of stitches and went across again.  There is a close up of the straps below.  I had a problem with the hem. The first hem I did was really messy.  I was rushing and I was pulling the fabric and it ended up looking really bad.  So I folded it up and sewed the trim onto the bottom. It really added a nice touch and hid all my bad stitching.  I learned a lot with the hem and know what I would do next time.  Thanks to everyone who made suggestions! I will definitely look into hem tape with ruffles or something along those lines!


Here is what I learned with this project:

1. I may do better without a pattern. I cut out pieces of a pattern and tried to follow the directions and I was completely lost.  I thought it would be easier.  I'm not giving up on that though and that is my next project!

2. That damn bobbin thread! I have the hardest time pulling it up.  I figured out that the top thread needs to be long (or longer that I had it) for it to pick up the bobbin thread.  I felt so stupid when I pulled more thread and it picked up the bobbin thread right away! It seemed like too easy a solution.

3. Invest in measuring tape and get Annabelle's measurements.  This would have saved me a lot of time!

4. Look for some hem tape or something to do the hem.  I think I would have been happier with the results if I finished the hem differently. 

Linking up here this week.

22 comments:

  1. That dress is adorable and she is beautiful!!

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  2. I've been meaning to buy some of that fabric at JoAnns. I've been doing the shirring myself. let me tell you, that is a time suck. :-) This came out beautifully.

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  3. This dress turned out amazing, I haven't tried to make a dress yet that is super brave to me. Oh and thank you for visiting me on my sits day

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  4. Isn't she precious? You did a wonderful job on the dress--I love the shirring and the strawberry print!
    I think the hem detail is lovely!
    BTW, don't be scared away by patterns. Look for something with minimal pieces. I've been sewing 40-ish years and I prefer simpler patterns. The trick is to invest in quality fabric you really love. It's the fabric that gives something that 'boutique' look. (Keep your eyes open for sales on spring fabrics to put away for next year. Don't worry that you won't buy enough--you can always use coordinating fabric for things that don't show, like facings.)
    The bobbin thread story is funny. My problem is remember to hold both threads when I first start to stitch, or my machine 'eats' the thread and jams up.

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  5. Beautiful! Every young girl needs a strawberry dress :) This would be perfect for berry-picking. Thanks for posting this great idea.

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  6. The dress looks great and your lil' one is adorable. Plus, you've already learned a great lesson in sewing - how to cover your mistakes! ;o)

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  7. The dress turned out great!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!!

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  8. So cute! My little girl loves pink and strawberries too. Thank you for sharing!

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  9. This dress is beautiful and your girl is really pretty wearing it :)

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  10. Oh wow!! I want one for my little girl! You did a great job!!

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  11. The dress turned out so well. I'm sure your daughter felt like princess in it.

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  12. It turned out adorable, and best yet? You can reuse it as a summer dress! Most Easter dresses sit in the closet for a dress up event!

    Thank you for posting to Talented Tuesday!

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  13. That fabric is just amazingly pretty! I'd have loved such a dress as a child! And I might still do ;-)

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  14. the dress is so adorable!! and your little girl looks so cute in it!!

    xoxo
    Koshy
    http://koshysblog.blogspot.com/

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  15. The dress is precious! and I love your blogs look. :)

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  16. So pretty! I love the green polkadot straps.

    Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts

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  17. I love fruit designs on clothes!! Especially strawberries and cherries!! So cute!!!!

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  18. Very cute - my grandmother makes lots of things for AnnaLauren and I want to learn SO bad! Stopped by from SITS.

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  19. This dress is very sweet! I think it turned out great! :)

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  20. Why to cute!! I love the dress.. great job.

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday! Please join me next week for another great party!

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  21. That is super cute. Thanks so much for posting this on Favorite Things Friday!

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