Added May 12, 2010
The dress is made from a stretch poplin, heavier weight cotton material. The color is crisp, “white as snow” white. It is contrasted by a peppermint striped grosgrain sash that ties at the waist.
It looks fairly simple, but to me it’s special because it was the FIRST fitted skirt piece I’ve ever made.
I wouldn’t call it a ‘tulip’ skirt, more like a ‘pencil’. If there was one thing I would change, it would be the length. I would want it to reach past her knees by an inch or two and taper to a point at the hem. But other than that it looked very similar to my original sketch.
Brian and I were talking about the Shabby Apple Dresses and noting how some of them are fitted. And it dawned on me that I’ve never made a fitted dress. Not that it’s more difficult, in fact, it was a lot easier and used a lot less fabric. I just don’t favor fitted dresses but this one makes me want to make a dozen more.
I added a ruffle to the neckline and ends of the sleeves.The sleeves are very fitted and shows off a demure arm.
I’d say this dress looks ‘sophisticated’ but still ‘youthful’. I really like how the sash POPS out from the white color of the dress.
I really whipped this dress up super fast! I was impressed with the amount of time it took. I started it on Tuesday and put the finishing touches on it as Melody came in the door.
I worked on it while Molly took her naps and all together I put only 3 hours into it. That includes creating the pattern, cutting the material and of course sewing it together.
Melody emailed me her measurements but I was so in a hurry I just started it without looking twice. I was shocked when she came down the steps with everything looking fitted and right.
I really liked the stretch poplin material. I would use it again for a pencil skirted dress. It’s a heavier weight material which looks more expensive than say….broadcloth and it’s very forgiving in terms of fit. I wouldn’t use it with an A-line because of its stretch but for a dress like this it was PERFECT!
This frock looks great with a cup of hot cocoa and a peppermint stick to swizzle with.
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