Whooo hooo, I made a dress from start to finish for Ellie on my own! My sewing skills are starting to get better. I love this dress and have been wanting to make it since I saw the tutorial here and then further motivated by Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross.
It makes it even better that Ellie wanted to help me sew and then as soon as I put it on her, she ran to show Daddy her pretty sew. (which I think means pretty dress mommy made for me!)
Love this fabric and I think it is my new favorite - Anna Marie Horner, Good Folks line. KC Custom Fabric in Saratoga Springs has a lot from the line. I really have been trying to use other fabric, but I just can't seem to get enough of this print. It was in the quilt I just finished, a tote bag I am working on and this. Fabulous, don't you think?
The shirring is done with elastic thread in the bobbin. So easy and so fun!
Ellie also gave it the play test. She was up and down the playset, climbing the rock wall, sliding and swinging. I think I will make the next dress a little longer, but for playing this is a great length!
This last shot is of her running away from me when I wanted to change her back into her play clothes, since it was a little chilly today for a sundress!