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« on: May 27, 2011 07:58:10 AM »

The Sew Mama Sew website has a tutorial for a woman's Spring Ruffle Top, and I modified it a tiny little bit to make this dress for my daughter.  I received the gingham fabric from katie-bee in the needle book swap a few months ago, and I just knew I'd be making a summer project with it.  The white fabric is just from an old white sheet that my mom recently gave me.  Worked perfectly!




I only changed the straps and the ruffle.  Everything else is directly from the original tutorial - even the length is 20" as recommended in the tutorial.  

Straps:
My strap pieces measured 5" x 13".  Instead of only turning 1/4" on the straps, I folded it in half again.  So 5" folded in half is 2-1/2", and then each of those sides folded in half again is 1-1/4".  My finished strap pieces measured 1-1/4" x 13" (before pinning, marking & trimming).

Ruffle:
Instead of finishing 1 edge of the ruffle and then gathering the other end, I folded the ruffle pieces in half and then gathered the raw edge.  So my ruffle pieces measured 1-1/2" x 22" (before gathering).

That's all I changed - I worked on the dress last night after the kids were in bed, so I couldn't use her to determine the strap length.  I probably ended up trimming too much - next time I will add 1/2" or maybe 3/4" to the strap length so it's not so close to her armpit.  And I think I'll add an extra inch around the chest band, too, because it was a bit tight getting her arms in this morning...

All in all, though, this dress was a success.  It's a very fun project, and start to finish was just under 3 hours, including the cutting.

Thanks for looking.  C&C welcome.
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ambientsoul
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2011 08:09:45 AM »

Awe, this is absolutely adorable! Well done :-) The only suggestion I have that you could try (not too sure how it would look) is to tie a pink sash around her waist - with the bow in the back. Also, some white lace around the bottom might make it look a bit more 'complete'.


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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2011 08:23:45 AM »

Awe, this is absolutely adorable! Well done :-) The only suggestion I have that you could try (not too sure how it would look) is to tie a pink sash around her waist - with the bow in the back. Also, some white lace around the bottom might make it look a bit more 'complete'.

Oh my goodness - that is adorable!!  Lace and a sash are great ideas, thanks! 

I think I might add an invisible zipper under one arm, too, so it's not such a fight getting in and out -- my daughter is a little claustrophobic about tight clothes...
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2011 10:50:32 AM »

It looks great, not sure about lace on the bottom for the older girls, might make it look like jammies, eyelet would probably work though.
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Looking for Sophia the first fabric and Frozen fabric (preferably flannel, but would settle for cotton) and Phoomph.  I'm in Canada and the companies are that I could order from charge $20-$30 shipping, so if anybody can find some and wants to swap/sell, I would be eternally greatfull.
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