Sunday, August 14, 2011

Flower Dress

 I'm really excited about this dress that I just made for Chloe. I've been wanting to make this dress for a few months now and finally got around to do it. I first got the idea for this dress when I went wedding gown shopping with a friend. I saw a gorgeous dress and fell in love with it. It's not one I would wear but loved the idea of it, so of course had to make a dress inspired by it for Chloe.

  I'm still working on it though. Appliqueing all of the flowers is taking some time and I wanted it for Chloe to wear on Sunday. Even as it is I think its great. It's also really easy to make. I made the dress and appliqued the front of the dress all in one night. (By the way, the dress is yellow and pink... the pink looks a little red in the photo)

For the top of the dress I just used one of Chloe's dresses to make a pattern and find dimensions. (Make sure to leave enough around to make a seam with!) To make the bottom of the dress I started by making a quick and simple skirt without making a casing for the elastic to go through. Instead of where the casing would be on top, I used the longest stitch on my sewing machine and pulled the thread so it would gather. I then sewed the skirt onto the top of the dress. (One day I might try to do an actual tutorial with step by step pictures but if you can't tell I'm not that great at explaining things) For the flowers I just made them out of chiffon and used the same technique that I used on her other dresses. One thing I have to do is install a zipper in the back. The dress is a little tight on Chloe (I used an old dress for her pattern and didn't realize she grew out of it...oops!) I haven't used a zipper before so that will be the new thing to learn how to do on this dress for me. But I found this tutorial on how to install a zipper, so hopefully it will work. :)

But I love this dress and I think its so fun and flirty and is a great summer dress.

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