In this post, I will show you the finished dress and talk a little more of the process. Here is the bodice completed. On one of the days, we had to choose the embellishment for the front of the bodice. I had this cotton flower from Petaloo from my scrapbooking stash that I think was a perfect fit. I wasn't sure at first about it, but once the whole dress was put together, I realized that it looked great!
Well, after the bodice was completed, it was really easy to finish the rest of the dress. I wasn't abe to take pictures of the process of sewing the skirt and ruffle on, but it's pretty straight forward. At first, I thought that I would use the yellow striped shirt as the main fabric for the bodice and the skirt, but I quickly realized that I was not going to have enough material to do that.
So I decided to use the blue polka dot fabric instead and use the shirt material for the ruffle. I am really happy with this combination. I actually didn't have enough fabric to do the ruffle as a tube, so I sewed a rolled hem with bue thread and it's really pretty.
This is the back of the dress. I have put one of my white peasant shirts underneath the dress.
Here are a couple close ups of the bodice and ruffle.
I really had a great time with the Sew A Long and got a fantastic extra surprise at the end of it. All people who participated in the Sew A Long and shared pictures of their work throughout the week were put in a hat for a grand prize and I won!! 10 patterns from Ruby Jean's Closet and $40 of fabric from xogigifabrics.com. Such an amazing thing to have happened to me.
Well, here are a couple of things that I learned.
- If you are using recycled shirts make sure that you get a big one. The yellow one that I used was a ladies medium and it was way too small to do what I had envisioned at first. A man's large or xtra large shirt would work much better.
- If you run out of fabric, get creative and figure out how to do certain parts differently, such as the rolled hem on the ruffle. I cut the amount of fabric required for the ruffle in half by changing it up. Plus it was a lot easier to gather!
- Get fun and creative embellishments for your outfits. It really makes a difference in the final product.
I'm sure she will be doing another one, so I'll be sure to spread the news when I here about it.