Thursday, September 2, 2010

Glad to be Plaid!

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If you saw this post with the purse I made, then you know I found a fabric I loved and didn't know what I would do with. It was plaid, and it just reminded me of a shirt my mom used to wear back in the 80s. Plus, who doesn't think a little girl would look lovely in plaid?

After making the purse, I still had a ton of this fabric left over. Hmmm...I've been pondering what to do with it, and once I started working with elastic thread and figured out how to use it, I knew!

In honor of National Sewing Month this month, I decided on a cute, smocked dress.

I used elastic thread (about 10 rows) on the top of this fabric (after folding the top twice and sewing it down to make it clean). It gathered nicely. I wanted to sew it onto a shirt to make a dress, but little one didn't have any shirts - they were all white, yellow, pink. So using an old t-shirt of my mom's left over from making this quilt, I used one of her shirts to trace an outline and made a shirt from the old tshirt scraps. It isn't great, but it works. This is only like, my second attempt at sleeves so be nice!

Once the shirt was done, I attached the skirt part of it to it with the elastic thread (one row near the top of the smocking, one at the bottom of the smocking). I used the elastic thread on the sleeves to gather them at the bottom, and I was almost done.

I added two rosettes to the collar line to hide the fact that when I made the bias tape for the collar and sewed it down I didn't attach it to a two inch section of the shirt for decoration :) 

I also made a hairpiece out of the extra fabric. I don't love it, but it's okay. I may have to redo it. I still have enough of the plaid fabric to make a wallet or wristlet to match the purse, so I'll add that to my to-do list.

So here is the next Cindy Crawford modeling for her mama:

And here's why I love this dress:

1) I loved the fabric.
2) It has a piece of clothing from my mom, which makes it even more special.
3) It only took an hour to make.

Thanks for visiting! Have a great Thursday!

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Paisley Passions


  1. I love this dress!!! It is so cute! You are right, who doesn't love plaid on a little girl! Do you have any tutorials for how to use elastic thread? I've never used it, and I would love to try it out. I love sewing, and I am just starting to sew for my daughter. Thanks for sharing!

  2. DARLING!!! Thanks for linking up to my Thrilling Thursday party. Hope you will join in again next week :)

    ~Lori @ Paisley Passions

  3. That's such a cute dress! I have been looking for a similar plaid fabric. I saw that you found it at Hobby Lobby - but no such luck for me! My search continues!!

    Brandy @ Jumping Jack

  4. This is very cute! And your model is adorable!
    I invite you to come this this up at my Making It Linky Party!

  5. It only took an hour?? Really? It looks so dang cute. I love the shirt attachment as well. What a cute little model! Thanks for sharing!!

  6. That is one cute little model and dress. I love the plaid and the smocking is so cute (I really want to try that). I can't believe it only took an hour. Great job!



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