Added Jul 16, 2012
My nieces wear dresses only (4 and 2.5 yo), I like making them clothes, and making them gives me practice. They also love pink and love to match. I decided to up the game by adding pleats, a lace detail, and ‘lace’ overlay (not really lace, but not sure what else to call it). I don’t have pictures of the other one, but they are exactly the same, I did them at the same time to make things easier.
Everything went pretty good, I did a lot of basting of the pleats since I didn’t sew them down like pintucks. I wish I had made the lining the same fabric as the main dress, but I was short on fabric and had just enough to finish the dress.
I used this free pattern: http://thecottagehome.blogspot.com/2011/01/party-dress-printable-pattern-and.html – I added an invisible zipper instead of buttons and no band at the bottom.
I still need to work on getting better at the details: there are a few tucks in the hem, the ‘lace’ overlay wasn’t sewn very well (bad planning on my part), a couple pleats are a little bigger/smaller than they should be, and really just finishing up everything nice and neat. However, I think they came out pretty good and they were well received (worn two days in a row, that’s pretty good).
Cotton fabric for the main dress, polyester in the lace and ‘lace’ overlay
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