When it came time to finish the back, the pattern called for elastic thread to be shirred by the sewing machine in rows across the back. After I thought about it for awhile I decided to place elastic thread in my pleater and pleat the rows instead. That way the back is still stretchy as if it had been shirred and I think it was quicker than the machine stitching would have been. I also used a 45" width piece of fabric to make the back fuller rather than the smaller piece that the pattern called for. Overall I think the dress is adorable. And to make it perfect....Elisabeth worn it the very next day....for the entire day. I'd say that makes it a huge success!!! (Especially since she had to pair it with a sweater because it was only about 55 degrees here!)
Monday, March 31, 2008
Smocked Sundress For Elisabeth......
I had so much fun making this little dress. I first thought it was destined to become a little babydoll top coupled with a sweet pair of teal capris. However, as it neared completion....Elisabeth said she really wanted it to be a dress.
The fabric feels like a really thin cotton lawn. It pleated up beautifully. I smocked it while sitting outside with the kids on a couple of sunny days. The middle part of the front is not smocked and over time it should puff out a little. I like how the front has a tailored look to it with the piping and the binding. See the teal piping???? That was going to match the teal capris.