Added Aug 17, 2014
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I followed the instructions in Swedish Burda magazine 07/2014 for the tiered dress they charmingly called a “Carmenklnning,” a Carmen dress (for its Carmen Miranda ruffles). I wasn’t sure how I’d like it, but I think it’s surprisingly flattering.
As the magazine said, this was really easy to sew! I finished it at a leisurely pace in a weekend.
This was the first time I ever made my own bias binding. I was surprised how easy it was to do and how little fabric I needed, which was great because I only had a little over 1.5 meters of fabric. I don’t have a bias tape maker so I used the pin method described here: http://creativelittledaisy.typepad.com/creative_little_daisy/2007/11/diy-version-of.html
I have a few more photos on my blog: https://thestockholmseamstress.wordpress.com/
Lightweight quilting cotton. Fabric says “Colorbk for Joanns.” I found it so strange to find Joann’s fabric in Sweden!
I bought mine at Ohlsson’s Stockholm, but I saw it online here: http://www.joann.com/colorbok-fabric-mono-tiny-blossom-gray-and-white/11712437.html#prefn1=isProject&q=colorbok&prefv1=false&start=1