Thursday, March 29, 2012
Little Green Junebug Dress
I stumbled upon this retro green and polka-dot fabric at the thrift store. Something about it caught my eye even though it was polyester and very bright. I picked up several yards of it for a few bucks and decided to make a couple dresses, one for me (tutorial coming soon) and one for my daughter. I was searching for an A-line style dress with a retro feel. I came across Jess at Craftiness is not Optional's sew along for her Junebug Dress. I created this dress for my daughter with a few alterations to the pattern.
1. When creating the bodice flap I added piping. I began by pinning the piping on to the right side of the flap and basting it in place. Make sure you cut slits in the piping at each corner to help it turn. After basting the piping, I pinned the lining to the right side of the flap and stitched it closed (sides and top only) per Jess' tutorial. Then flip the piece right side out and press.
2. I only had enough room for 2 buttons instead of 3 because the ones I had on hand were so large, so I modified the pattern by only making 2 buttonholes on each side of the flap.
3. I wanted a pleat in the front and back of the skirt instead of gathering it. I went for a pleat because of this fabric's bulkiness. When gathered it creates a very full effect. I wanted the fabric to lay down flat in a more defined A-line so I went with pleats instead. First, I took my skirt piece and measured across to find the center of the front and back. I marked it with a pin and then measured 2 inches out from each side of the center pin and marked those two spots.
Next take each outside pin and fold it in towards the center pin and then back on itself to create a pleat. Do the same for the opposite side so that it looks like this when finished.
Overall it made for a cute little dress...if only I had made it in time for St. Patrick's Day!
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