Added May 18, 2011
I made this dress for my sister’s 11th birthday, in 2009. Her birthday is June 23rd, so I wanted to make something so could play in outside without burning to death. I made the hem much shorter than floor-length, and I made short sleeves.
I lined the sleeves with fabric wrong sides together, so the shiny part of the satin would stick out of the facing-holes. The main fabric was really thin, so I lined the body with a shorter under-layer. I was working on a deadline for her birthday, so instead of hemming the semicircular bottom edge (which takes forever) I finished it with double fold bias tape. For the back opening, I made a modesty panel of satin and stitched it to the dress, and then sewed grommet tape to the inside of the top layer to make a place to lace it up with cording. As decorative touches, I embroidered vines around the neck edge and sewed seed beads on to the sleeves around the facings.
I also made detachable long sleeves for this dress, so she could wear it to play in when it was cooler. I drafted these sleeves myself, and lined them fully. I sewed hook and eyes to the inside of the dress sleeves and to the outside of the detachable sleeves, so you could hook them on or off.
4 1/2 yards blue cotton, 1 1/2 yards coral satin, 5 yards light red bias tape, 1/2 yard interfacing, 1 1/4 yards of grommet tape, 2 yards blue-green satin cording, embroidery floss, seed beads, thread.
Fashion & Trends
Steal Cameron Diaz's effortless California girl look.
See all entries and vote.
Comment To Win
An amazing opportunity to win in the latest issue of BurdaStyle US!
Head back to school in skirts, dresses and jackets inspired by the football field and soda fountain.
Fashion & Trends
Celebrity style inspiration for sewing collared dresses and blouses!
You must allow our "request for permission" request to login to Burdastyle with Facebook.