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!
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
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.
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