My sweet little goddaughter's been asking me every time I see her if I still like to make clothes. I figured I'd take that as a hint about what she wanted for Christmas this year - behold, her Christmas jumper. Not sure if you can tell from the photo, but the plaid has a stripe in it the colour of the shirt she's wearing. Also, I didn't get a shot of it, but I stitched a label on the inside where I drew little hearts on it and wrote something special for her.
I was pretty stoked that it fit her properly, since I took no measurements, only estimated size from photos I've got of her and me together. She was pretty stoked that I gave her something I'd made.
This is the first project I've posted on here, too! how do i post images... o please I hope that worked. doh!
I think the dress is kinda cute. I think that what people aren't liking might be that the bubble skirt obscures your waist... so maybe if you added a midriff-covering panel that matches the bodice, moved the blue sash to your waist, and had the bubble skirt fall from there? You could somehow rutch the midriff fabric to mirror what's going on in the bodice (which I think is fantastic, btw!)
My two cents, and I know it's not helpful in this situation, is to consider yourself a contracter and discuss the terms of the contract *before* you complete the work. So, get an idea of what she's willing to spend, and then you create your design and purchase materials accordingly.
when you are itemizing your list, do *not* take into account that you got stuff on sale or had it already. Figure out what you'd have to pay if you bought that stuff new, tomorrow, not on sale, and state that as your cost. It might not *feel* honest but as someone said before, you may have to replace the materials for a future project, and you may not be able to find a sale next time. Also, it's a standard practice - for your 'internal' records, you record the actual cost of materials, while for your external records (in your case, to a customer), you report fair market value.
Your itemized list is the maximum price you can possibly charge. She is likely to try and get you to cut her a deal, and if you have started with a price that is higher than the minimum you are willing to take (materials plus something for labour), then you have room to bargain down to meet her.
One point of constructive criticism, though, is that I think it would look better if the top brown stripe was wider? It's just that with the two really skinny brown stripes and the white fabric... the top kind of screams "boobs!" but then maybe that's the look you're going for!
I've been contemplating an idea to do with a tank-top and a scarf... I don't really know how to upload pix, (and it would only be diagrams drawn in paint anyway) so I'll try to explain...
you need a tank-top and a big scarf (that will reach from the shoulder seams to at least the bottom of the top) and then some ribbon or lace or something to embellish. Unpick the shoulder seams of the top. Pleat or pin-tuck the scarf to decrease its width, so it fits down the front of the shirt without extending into the arm holes. Place the scarf on the front of the shirt (wrong side of scarf to right side of top), making sure to centre it (it should go *into* the shoulder seams) and pin it. Pin the shoulder seams closed. Stitch the shoulder seams closed, and then topstitch around the collar, and part-way down the scarf (to just under where your boobs would be). Stitch a straight line across the scarf at empire-waist-height to secure the pin-tucks. Use ribbon or lace to add a belt to the top at empire height, embellish up the sides of the scarf if you want. (the scarf should look kinda like an apron, but way sexier)
If you're using a top with a smaller neck-hole, then after the pin-tucking stage, flip your top inside out, place the scarf on it (right side touching the top) and pin it down. Run two parallell lines of stitching about 1 or 2 millimetres apart down the exact centre of the front of the shirt, from the collar to about six inches down (depending on how much cleavage you're comfortable with showing) and re-inforce at the bottom. Cut between the rows of stitching, and flip it so the shirt is right-side-out, and the scarf is outside it. Then finish the shirt like I described above. If you want, you can stitch a couple ribbons onto the collar of the shirt to tie it closed at the top.
I want to make something similar, but can't find a suitable fabric - I've been through a bunch of fabric stores here and all over online at Hancock, Joanne's, Ebay, etc. and can't find that kind of white-and-a-colour (not black!) graphic print.
check your bodice pattern for the lines across it marked "lengthen or shorten here". It should be a straight horizontal line, with what looks like a tape measure extending up away from it?
Cut along the line, around the tape measure, and use that to add an extra inch or two to your pattern. Tape the pattern pieces to a scrap piece of tissue paper to fill in the one-or-two inch space you added. (measuring along curves is a bitch... so I always find the method I described easier, since it all but guarantees that each piece of the bodice will be the same length and the skirt will still fit onto the bodice.)