Friday, April 20, 2007
New Vintage Wardrobe Project # 6: Wee Party Dress
Okay, Everybody! Hop into your way back machine and the Vintage Me will model my latest creation for you...
Simplicity 2160: The starched cotton Party Dress!
(Okay really this was the birthday frock for my sweet little niece Violet on her 3rd Birthday!)
(What do you think? Does she look like Alice in Wonderland? Or Dorothy? Or little me?)
This was a very good learning experience for me. I learned little dresses are just as challenging as big dresses. I learned that machine gathering is vastly more fool proof than hand stitched gathering (skirt installed twice) and a piece of the pattern was missing so I learned to use other pieces, and my imagination to recreate it.
The fabric was purchased from a local shop who also sells on Etsy as Starlit Nest.. She has this in stock still and will sell it to you if you ask. It is like a confection and all the wee bugs keep it from being too sweet.
Violet named all the ants and bugs after members of the family.
The little eyelet apron was a fast addition. I was short on materials and time to do the whole overdress.. But thanks goodness the pattern had one or the bodice piece recreation would have been a million times harder.
Finishing the insides properly is my great joy... so I am sharing that with you. Double fold Bias tape over all the gathers, ( not pictured is the 3 different seam treatments: Flat felled under the arms , hand stitched- turned on the skirt and pinked at the shoulders ( to make it comfy)..
I love sweet little buttons all in a row..
and I just love these dresses on little girls. Yummy.