Added Nov 6, 2010
Durham, North Ca...
Two pirate dresses of my own design. Made in less than two days for Halloween. The girls made an adamant stance that pirates is what they wanted to dress as a few days before hween. I must oblige.
Pirate fabic for the main color.
Hot pink kona solid for the contrast fabric.
Lace is from The Scrap Exchange, something I had on hand as well as some elastic and snaps.
I use a lace-chain looking stitch on my sewing machine to add some detail to the gussets on the dresses.
Left dress is cut as mostly rectangles for the sleeves and dress front and back with some added gussets. The gussets are trangles with a rounded bottom. 1/2" bottom hem. 3/8" turn under for elastic casing. White belt was free-hand cut to look like a bone when flat and to make a great big bow. Little white lace bows finish the dress off at the top of each gusset.
Right dress was a one sleeve dress that I added a strap to after my two year old complained. She wears most of her tank tops with one sleeve but didn’t appreciate the dress that way. Who knew? The right side has a open area with some pink fabric that snaps closed. The lace is extra to close the dress up and look piratey. I used lace to make an impromtu ruffle.
I had just enough pirate fabric to make myself an a-line skirt.
Designing out my own patterns has been a good experience thus far. Much faster than finding the right pattern and then making it fit later.
What would I change next time? Use color on my drawings to check that pattern out that way before I start cutting fabric. The pirate fabric starts to look like a solid without the extra details I added in.
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