I finally did it. Matchy-matchy dresses for my girls.
Complete with extra poof-age and big fat sashes, because I have never met a girl that didn’t love a good twirly skirt and a big bow.
It was a fun project with some new skills learned, little details added, and many a late night sewing after Lil’ Miss Cranky Pants was put down to sleep.
[Rant, because I have a blog and it makes me feel entitled to voice my opinion]
I just wanted to just how peeved I was to discover that this fabric was only 44″ wide. 44″??? Seriously? The smallest width patterns design for is 45″. I just barely had enough width to work with. It would be silly to have to buy that much more yardage for a little girls dress. So, do you hear me fabric manufacturers?!?! Don’t treat your customers, or lovely designers like Liesl, like this!!!! Raise the price of the fabric instead of cheaping out on width. [end rant]
…like adding netting to Gladys’ skirt.
…and taking extra time to hide all the raw edges to keep my babies cozy. Why do I own a serger again? I enjoy these french seams and hidden sleeves seams much more.
Sewing teeny tiny sleeves can be a $&!@*#&$ to sew. Make it easy on yourself, press up the sleeve hem while the sleeve is still flat (before sewing anything). Then, sew the sleeve in “flat” before the bodice side seams are sewn up. (See Kate Sew shows the difference between “set in” vs. “flat”.)
(Thank you, all of you on Twitter and Facebook, for encouraging me to go with the puff sleeves. I really didn’t want to do the work, but it was so worth it.)
I experimented with making a pettislip for Gianna instead of building it into the lining. I used the dresses pattern as the basis. It works, but I’m not totally happy with it. I think I will have to make another, just for kicks and giggles. I’m sure Gianna won’t mind.
Update! There is now a tutorial available for the New and Improved Petticoat!
Some New Techniques
I sewed in my first two invisible zippers, and they really are quite easy, just like everyone told me. And, no, you do NOT need a special foot for this. This video by Craftovision was a big help with getting started.
And I made little thread chain loops to hold the sashes in place. (Tutorial, coincidently, by Liesl)
Sashes by Sew Fearless
The thing that really makes the dresses, though, is the sashes. By golly, I am proud of them. And they were ridiculously easy to sew. yay!
Apparently, I have a thing for this color scheme, because look what I picked out for myself to wear on Easter morning. I swear it was a coincidence.
Jesus Christ is Risen!
He is risen indeed. Allelulia!