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
Member Project of the Week
Suzeb's superhero inspired swimsuit will make you want to be a kid again!
Get 9 patterns specially picked for shorter stitchers.
See how Burda members are styling pants for summer.
Meg's Magazine Mash Up
See how one of our editors gets her inspiration.
Take off with pleats, cut-outs, insets, and futuristic prints.
You must allow our "request for permission" request to login to Burdastyle with Facebook.