Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sew Sew Sweet Saturday-Funky Dress

When I walk into the craft store I usually know what I am looking for. I go in and out within minutes, before Eliza can get into too much trouble. Recently, my local Jo-Anns rearranged their store. You can find most customers, and employees, walking around aimlessly in search of certain products.

As I searched for fabric the other day I came across this fabric.

I'll be honest, I don't know what it is supposed to be used for but I thought it would be an ADORABLE dress for Eliza. Maybe it is supposed to be a dress and I am not that creative. I will show you how easy it was to make this dress!


Fabric-I don't know what the fabric is called but they had a whole section of it
Sewing machine

Start out with your fabric. I measured around Eliza's chest and then added 1 inch because of the seam.

Take your fabric and fold it in half, bring the edges together. Make sure you have your fabric the right side up(that is opposite of normal).

Pin your fabric together. The most important places to pin are where the ruffles start, the bottom and the top.

Now stitch from the top to the bottom as close as you can to the edge.

Turn your fabric inside out and iron the seam down flat.

Now pin your fabric together again, while it is inside out.  Make sure you pin it together so the original seam will be hidden in the new seam. You can feel it and just pin outside of it.

Again, run a stitch from top to bottom.

Turn it right side out and you should have a great seam. No fringe inside or out.

After I put this dress on Eliza I realized she could EASILY pull it down so I decided to add straps. I didn't do pics of this, sorry. All I did was take satin ribbon and stitch it on. I made sure to do the stitches in the stitching that is already part of the dress so they wouldn't be seen.

For a video tutorial on how to do the seam in the casing please check out this awesome video from The Crafty Gemini