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StacyCK
« on: June 01, 2009 07:07:32 AM »

Hey all!  These are dresses that I've made in the past few months for my girl.  They are all designed by me, just used a pattern block for the bodice that fits her and modified it for each different style.  I've posted my tutorial for the sundress with the shirred back before, I just did shirring on the straps differently than what I put in that.  I don't have pictures of her wearing all of them, but be assured she has a hard time choosing which twirly dress to wear to daycare every morning. Smiley

Princessy dress with tulle (I used a whole roll of tulle from Micheal's on the ruffle - 25 yds x 6" wide)




Princess birthday dress



Seersucker butterfly dress


 
Flowery alphabet dress

 

Westerny dress





I've made a few things for my son, too, but I'll wait on posting that.  I've got a bunch of fabric to make him some camp shirts and then some denim for matching shorts.  I'll post them when I get them done in the next month.
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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2009 07:14:54 AM »

All the dresses are sooo beautiful!  I love all the fabric choices and construction.  I bet you have one happy daughter!
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2009 07:35:47 AM »

those are amazing! How much yardage do you use in her skirts if I can ask?
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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2009 07:45:53 AM »

Thank you!


those are amazing! How much yardage do you use in her skirts if I can ask?

A dress takes about 2.5 yards of fabric if I do the skirt really full.  The really full skirts are 4 full fabric width cuts, but 2 will work (the first dress is only 2).  I don't have a ruffle foot for my machine, so I just gather with the serger.  Makes it whole lot easier to gather the skirts!

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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2009 07:46:01 AM »

Wow!  These are all so adorable!!!  Love the first one the best, but they are all fabulous.
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2009 08:13:24 AM »

Those are just gorgeous!
I really love them all, and I can see why your daughter has trouble choosing what to wear in the morning. I couldn't pick a favorite if i tried. Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2009 08:17:21 AM »

Butterfly is my favorite. Love it! I really like that pattern with the snaps on the bodice. If asked would describe your stuff as an ecclectic mix of girly boutique and euro funk!
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2009 08:26:36 AM »

All your dresses are beautiful. Your little girl is very lucky to have such a talented mommy.
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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2009 09:21:20 AM »

Perfect for a little princess! I would have love it when I was little.
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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2009 12:34:37 PM »

Thanks everyone!  Last summer she didn't want to wear any of the dresses I made her, so I'm very happy she likes them now.  Smiley

Butterfly is my favorite. Love it! I really like that pattern with the snaps on the bodice. If asked would describe your stuff as an ecclectic mix of girly boutique and euro funk!

That's a good description...I like that!  I've been using tons of snaps these days.  My buttonholer just doesn't do a good job, so this gets me out of trying to get it to work.
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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2009 12:45:02 PM »

Everything is just absolutely gorgeous!  Love it!!
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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2009 03:24:44 PM »

Really nice dresses!!!!

Love the butterfly one.
Maybe I'll try to make one to...
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2009 07:26:44 PM »

I love the first one and the last - that western-ish one is really cool!  I'm very impressed with the whole "self-drafted" part. I can follow a pattern, but heaven help me if I try to make one!!!
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StacyCK
« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2009 06:48:58 AM »

Thanks so much everyone!  Grin


I love the first one and the last - that western-ish one is really cool!  I'm very impressed with the whole "self-drafted" part. I can follow a pattern, but heaven help me if I try to make one!!!

I've been sewing for quite awhile (+20 years), so I've used a ton of patterns in my time.  I don't need to follow a pattern for construction (most of the time) since I've done it before.  I've come to realize that many of them use the same bodice block for the top and it is just modified for the pattern's needs.  I have so many uncut patterns of little girl dresses since I'd rather measure her and make something that fits than take the time to cut or trace a pattern that won't fit as well.  I'm sure eventually you will get there!
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« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2009 04:39:35 PM »

beautiful dresses!
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« Reply #15 on: June 02, 2009 09:38:08 PM »

Love the stuff and love the fabrics -- I too hate to use patterns, and feel that shirring is the way to go to get good bodice fits -- I am addicted to shirring. lol  The best thing I ever did (and you probably already did this) was buy a HUGE spool (like the size of two softballs!) of elastic thread, so I will never run out!  I named him Oscar. lol  I do have a question though -- I sometimes have trouble with the top thread wearing out and the elastic bobbin thread then comes loose on favorite shirred outfits.  I just have to pull it out and redo it, but it has me wondering if I should use a different weight top thread when I shir.
I make peasant tops galore with shirring, because basically I am too lazy to run a casing and thread through the elastic. lol
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« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2009 06:14:42 AM »

Love the stuff and love the fabrics -- I too hate to use patterns, and feel that shirring is the way to go to get good bodice fits -- I am addicted to shirring. lol  The best thing I ever did (and you probably already did this) was buy a HUGE spool (like the size of two softballs!) of elastic thread, so I will never run out!  I named him Oscar. lol  I do have a question though -- I sometimes have trouble with the top thread wearing out and the elastic bobbin thread then comes loose on favorite shirred outfits.  I just have to pull it out and redo it, but it has me wondering if I should use a different weight top thread when I shir.
I make peasant tops galore with shirring, because basically I am too lazy to run a casing and thread through the elastic. lol
Catherine

Thanks!

Hmmm...I haven't had that problem.  Is it the ends that are coming out, or the top thread breaks?  If it is the ends, I always tie them together several time to secure them since anchoring stitches aren't really enough seeing as how they are pulled all the time.  If the thread is breaking, perhaps the shirring is too tight and the tension needs to be adjusted??  Sorry I can't be of more help.   Undecided
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« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2009 12:01:57 PM »

Those are so pretty!  I love the butterfly one and my dd saw the first one and immediately wanted it.  She asked if it was for sale and when I told her no she said "Then I guess you'll just have to make me one yourself!". lol  She was very impressed!
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« Reply #18 on: June 03, 2009 06:12:19 PM »

Oh how I love them! Especially the second one! Have you considered selling your creations?
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« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2009 06:14:27 AM »

Those are so pretty!  I love the butterfly one and my dd saw the first one and immediately wanted it.  She asked if it was for sale and when I told her no she said "Then I guess you'll just have to make me one yourself!". lol  She was very impressed!

I love hearing that!  It's the best when the kids love something that is handmade. Smiley

Oh how I love them! Especially the second one! Have you considered selling your creations?

Thank you!  Well, I tried once selling on etsy and it didn't sell.  Honestly I have so many projects whirling around in my brain that I just don't have the time to make things for others right now (unless it is gifts...I do a lot of that!).  I work 40-45 hrs a week outside of the home so by the time I get home, get dinner on the table and get my kids to bed I only have a little bit of time to sew at night.  My weekends I try to cram in everything I want to sew.  Depending on how far I get with the kids' summer clothes I might try to get some stuff up in etsy.  We'll see how the summer shapes up!
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« Reply #20 on: June 06, 2009 09:48:03 AM »

Nice dresses! I especially like the last one (western style) the most! I hope you wouldn't mind if i would churn up a similar dress for my little daughter.

Good work! I am sure you daughter must be very happy indeed!
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« Reply #21 on: June 17, 2009 06:24:51 PM »

Wow! The things you make are so damn gorgeous! Your princess is lucky.Smiley (My princess only gets very basic things made by me. I want to attempt a funky apron dress though...)
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« Reply #22 on: June 18, 2009 05:53:31 PM »

Your dresses are gorgeous! What a lucky little girl to have such a talented mom!

Great work(=
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« Reply #23 on: June 19, 2009 07:22:18 AM »

Would you be willing to post your technique on the back shirring again.  I have become obsessed with shirring and have made dresses and tank tops for my little girl but I think the back shirring is gorgeous.  Can I do a search for your post on the shirring?  Sorry new to  the site but I LOVE everything I have seen so far with everyone.  Everyone is so creative!
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StacyCK
« Reply #24 on: June 19, 2009 11:45:06 AM »

Thanks again, everyone!  Grin


Would you be willing to post your technique on the back shirring again.  I have become obsessed with shirring and have made dresses and tank tops for my little girl but I think the back shirring is gorgeous.  Can I do a search for your post on the shirring?  Sorry new to  the site but I LOVE everything I have seen so far with everyone.  Everyone is so creative!

You can find it in my tutorial on making the dress:
http://thelandofka.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/halter-sundress-with-shirred-back.pdf

Let me know if you have any other questions!
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« Reply #25 on: July 23, 2009 03:09:06 PM »

oh my god, i LOVE these. can you be MY mommy? <3 Cheesy i wish i had these kinds of dresses when i was young. instead i wound up using my seven year older BROTHERS clothes... Cheesy (dunno how THAT happened) and here we are, a tomboy desperately wanting something frilly in her life.

anyways, GREAT job. it's amazing how pretty the things that you make are.
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« Reply #26 on: July 24, 2009 09:04:02 PM »

Wow! Amazing. I especially love the Alphabet one.
My daughter has now decided that she can only dress herself...so sewing for her has become nearly impossible!
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« Reply #27 on: August 31, 2009 03:04:20 PM »

REALLY like the princess dress!
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« Reply #28 on: September 04, 2009 12:10:51 PM »

They are all so nice! Great job!
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« Reply #29 on: September 14, 2009 06:18:11 PM »

Love the dresses!

Self-drafting is so fun isn't it?

Thanks for the inspiration. Your dresses are so lovely.
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« Reply #30 on: September 16, 2009 07:46:19 AM »

oooh! That is a whole lot of princess! Those little girl's must be thrilled!
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StacyCK
« Reply #31 on: September 16, 2009 08:21:08 AM »

Thanks everyone!  She wore those dresses all summer long, so it was well worth the work.  Her favorite was the seersucker one with the butterflies.  Now the weather is turning.  I'll have to post her Fall wardrobe that I'm working on.
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