Sunday, May 17, 2009

Good Folks and Weekend Sewing

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!


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Knitlee said...

So beautiful! The fabric is fantastic. I have this dress on my to sew list! What size did you make? The elastic thread has been terrifying me! Such a sweet little girl.

Becky said...

That dress is super cute - the fabric is yummy!
I was in KC fabrics the other day, and bought some the Anna Maire Horner fabrics to make bags! ♥

Three Dancing Magpies said...

Ellie is a size 2, the great thing about this dress is you just do the shirring and then try it on (or measure) so it is really custom made to the wearer. I just went for it with the elastic thread and had no problem. I did try a scrap fabric first, but really it was easy. In the book Weekend Sewing it does give some tips on using the elastic. Go for it, it is so easy! Becky- I miss you and come sew with me! Thursday nights free?

Georgine said...

How did you get it to smock up so much? I have tried it a couple of times and I can't get it really stretchy. I have even used closer rows and a basting stitch. I don't know if I have a tension problem or not. Stinks to be a novice! Any advice is greatly appreciated. Oh, did you iron on the elastic or thread side? Thanks!

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