Friday, April 1, 2011

Sweetpea's Spring Dress (Finally done!)

Remember waaaaay back when I showed you a sneak peak of my "next" project?  It's finally done.

Presenting...  Sweetpea's Spring Dress (drum roll, please.)

I used the same pattern I used for the dress I made her for her 3rd birthday last July, Simplicity's pattern 2432, which I blogged about here.  The adorable orange material with apples and daisies was given to me in a hand-me-down material bag, as was the white linen I used for the lining.  The green striped cotton was from my stash (keeping with the "Use What I Have" theme for the year). 

I had intended to try the addition of little puffy white sleeves.  But in the end, I was not brave enough to attempt an alteration like that.  I had visions of little puffy white sleeves sticking out of the armholes and a little white apron tied around the waist.  Didn't happen.  It's probably just as well.  White.  On Sweetpea.  Hahahahhah!

I seem to have trouble with zippers on garments.  Specifically, trouble matching up one side with the other.  This time, I broke down and bought a fabric glue stick to temporarily fix the zipper to the dress.  Pinning just doesn't cut it for me.  I end up getting so frustrated and wanting to recycle my machine.  It was the best $3 I've spent.  Recently, that is.  I had never used it before, so I was quite skeptical.  But desperate times call for less that desperate measures sometimes.  Next time, I'll have to use a bit more than I used this time to make sure I cover the entire zipper area really thoroughly with glue.  I think that will make it hold better.

I also had never done an applique before.

I thought the skirt could do with something to pull it together more completely with the top.  So I added a couple of cute appliques and some ricrack (which, incidentally, I also had never used before).

Sweetpea loves it.

And she enjoyed modeling it.

I love when stuff I make for the kids makes them so happy.  She didn't want to take it off...

Happy April 1st to you!!


Zonnah said...

Very cute!

Whirliegig said...

Adorable dress! She's so proud, mama!