Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sweet Dresses

I have a love hate relationship with sewing patterns. Sometimes when I am reading the directions, I wonder what language they are speaking!! But usually somewhere between the highly professional yet vague directions, and the pictures I battle out the attended pattern... This is my latest attempt, I used Simplicity Pattern 2348, it is a Daisy Kingdom pattern, so I was instantly scared. However, it was not as bad as I thought it might be :)

The most annoying part of the pattern without a doubt was cutting it out. I think it took longer to cut out than it did to sew, especially when you are making two dresses, and trying not to mix the pieces up. Putting them in marked zip-top bags helped a lot!

The putting together part, was actually pretty fun, a couple pieces did not match up perfectly, so I just made it work, a stretch here, a cut here, and it some how came together! It is not perfect, but my daughters love them.. I didn't love them at first, I kept thinking they looked like pioneer kids wearing moo-moos, but they have grown on me! I used fabric from Moda and Riley Blake.

Of course I had to make cute bows to match! Here is how I made the Rosette bow.

Cut a strip about 1.5" by 18"

I folded that strip in half right-sides together and sewed lengthwise, turn right side out, and you should have a tube. Press.

Sew a gathering stitch to one side of the tube, to make a ruffle.

Cut a circle shape out of felt, or other stiff material, sew ruffle gradually around circle, until the entire circle is filled. Your rosette is now complete!

I put a yo-yo behind the rosette, to give it a little more color. I am sure you all know how to make a yo-yo, but just in case you do not here it is. Cut a circle out of fabric, I used a bowl as a guide.

Sew a gathering stitch around the circle, and pull, to make a smaller circle, tie thread ends together.

I then hand sewed the rosette onto the yo-yo, and put a button in the center. I also hand sewed a barrette to the back. I put the flower on a head band we already had.

All in all, this was a fun project, and my girls have a new fun dress to wear!

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  1. They look lovely! I love the bright fun colours!

  2. ~*ADORABLE*~You are very talented! I can't follow a pattern in any way!

  3. very beautiful! I love the colors of the dresses.

  4. pretty girls with very pretty one of a kind dresses to show off--it's a win win situation!!

  5. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has a hard time reading patterns. My sewing usually goes like this...

    Really? that's what they want me to do?

    Sew sew sew..

    This doesn't seem right.

    re-read pattern..

    OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH. That's what they wanted me to do.

    rip out seam and start over.

    Your dresses are lovely.


  6. Those dresses are beautiful! Adorable little girls too. :)

  7. these are so cute, kind of retro. good job! I hope that you will link these up with my Show and Share linky party, going on all week.

  8. I bought that same pattern, but have yet to get to making it. Maybe for next Fall...

  9. Awww, they're really cute! And I love the added touch of the flower!

    I totally get what you're saying about store-bought patterns. It seems they're all written with extra steps and instructions that just aren't necessary anymore. I've been enjoying a lot more simpler patterns available lately that can be bought online like ones from the Handmade Dress, and some others sold on Etsy.

  10. They're so sweet - - - and the dresses are really cute too!! I love your girls' smiles!! Thanks for linking up with us, and I hope to see you back next Friday for the giveaway! Whoop whoop!!

    PS My grandmother taught me how to sew, and after I had the hang of it, she told me not to worry about looking at the directions, they'd just confuse me! Now, I don't know if you'd be able to do that with a Daisy Kingdom pattern if you're fairly new to sewing, they're a little complicated, but I've found that if I get stuck with a pattern, I just back up, put the directions away and think about how it should go together!

  11. The dresses turned out beautiful, as are the models. I love the fabrics you have chosen. I have this pattern, and am now inspired to get it out.

  12. Beautiful! Sounds like the pattern may have been frustrating, and pieces took a while to cut, but...WOW, the results seem well worth it! You chose an incredible fabric and did a great job. The matching headbands really pulled the whole look together. I'm impressed, and am so happy that you shared the project on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Jenn

  13. What cute dresses on the little ones.



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