Well i went to explore my sewing machine today.
I will put up a little tute - but know i am still a learner and there will be MUCH better ways of doing things.
I have never used a pattern - just make it up as i go along and still dont know much of how to use my machine other than basic stitching
Any hints from how i could make things better/easier from my tute welcome!!
It is probably close to a sz 3 or 4 (i am working on Aussie sizes being an aussie girl! - but for a 3 -4 year old).
So here is the completed dress and a close up of the bodice.
I used the tute for the infamous 'dragon' dress for the idea of the darting on the bodice.http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/188520_12Oct09_IMG_7973.JPG
To start i cut the skirt and the lining (underskirt).
Skirt - 17" x 56" rectangle (dots)
Skirt linnig - 17" x 60" (yellow)
I then placed the right sides facing and sewed a straight line approx 4" from the bottom on the yellow lining to affix the dots in place. the dots hang below the bottom of the yellow fabric so it can be turned over to the right direction soon.
As i dont have an overlocker i zigzged underneath the straight stitch (which wont be seen anyhow)
I then turn the fabric up and stiitch another straight line across at the 4" mark on the right side of the fabric to better secure and i like the look of it lol!
Now the skirt is ready to be gathered at the bodice...
The bodice - i cut a 7" x 12" rectangule, folded in half and cut 2 slight triangles - to form a heart shape neckline once finished.
The small triagnle is for under the arm so cut to the open end.
Once opened it is then in the basic bodice shape. I pinched the fabric in 3 places and pinned to dart.
i started with a straight even tuck in the centre and the top and bottom darts i made narrower in the centre fanning out to a triangle on the ends to give a little body to the bodice.
Sew along the pin lines (i drew a line with chalk also!)
Next is the straps - simple 1.5" x 12" rectangulaes - pressed folded in like a book and then folded in again - sewn witha straight stitch to secure.
i then took the completed front of bodice and i layed it on the yellopw fabric - stretching it top to bottom and pinned (as the darts allow for some stretch now) and outlined the shape for the inner lining.
i put right sides facing with the strap between and pin for sewing
The back of the dress i cut a 14" x 6" rectanlge - which i fold in half to make lined. with right sides facing I sewed elastic to each end (as i am not skilled in buttons yet) to allow give in and out of the bodice for my little one.
Fold to the top and sew edges down then turn the right way
this is basically the bodice done- i sewed dthe 2 pieces together with a straight then zigzag stitch. (i tried an overcast stitch my my machine had tension issues and it all got too hard!!!)
Next i sewed the skirt edges together to make a cyclinder to attach to the bodice - after a number of attempts to 'smock' without success - i end up hand gathering and pinning to the bodice right sides facing.
Once i did a straight stitch all the way around to secure the 2 pieces - i then removed the pins, trimmed the overhang and did a zigzag over the edge of the fabric. I thien used iron on bias tape - and to tidy it up and secured it further with a zigzag stitch over the bias tape.
then we are finished!!
Comments and crituqe welcomes and encouraged.
Please be kind as this is my first ever tuorial
and my first attempt at:
gathering, darting and a full skirt!!