Sunday, June 6, 2010

Still More Instant Gratification Sewing

I am on a roll making easy little dresses!

This is McCalls 5358, View B, the one pictured in yellow on the envelope.
I made a size 8, with size 12 length. It' a little loose- I could maybe go down to a 7 next time. But it's okay- the Princess loves it!


I used a turquoise blue print with a white grid and cherries scattered across it. I LOVE this fabric- it's so cute! I got it at Hancocks several years ago planning to make a BSY with a smocked insert. I finally decided that was never going to happen and it was time to go ahead and use it.


What goes perfectly with red cherries on blue fabric? Why, red rick rack, of course!



The contrast straps and midriff band are made out of red cotton with tiny white dots. I purchased it seperately, but it goes with the cherry fabric perfectly. I used a red zipper and you can just see the little red heart shaped button on the back.


The pattern was easy to put together and well drafted. My only complaint is the zipper insertion instructions. They have you baste the raw edges together at CB and then just press the seam allowances back and stitch the zip on. I did it their way because I was in a hurry and, well, kind of lazy. It would look 100 times better to stitch the zip to the outer bodice and then use the lining to cover the tape on the inside. Totally do-able, but I didn't feel like dealing with the midriff band seams so I just did it the easy way. No one is ever going to look at the inside and none of you are going to tell, right?




The dress turned out great, and like I said, the Princess loves it. I might make it again. Heaven knows I have plenty of girlie cotton prints stashed away! I like the other views, too. The Princess likes halter style tops, so I might give View C or View D a go.


I hope your weekend was nice. Stay tuned for another (grown-up) muslin update this week!

9 comments:

Amy said...

I love this dress. The cherry fabric is so summery and the ric-rac is such a perfect touch.

Jan said...

It is a perfect summer dress! Love the polka dots with the cherry fabric!

michal said...

cute dress, happy princess, what else is needed?

Kimberlina said...

I am always afraid to use ric-rac -- doesn't it curl up?

angie.a said...

How freaking adorable is that?? I LOVE IT. I think I would wear it, you know how I love aqua and red AND cherries AND rickrack?? Love.

She's growing so fast, she looks so grown up! Sniff.


haha, my word ver is "dontscab" HAHAHA!!!

Mommyof2girlz said...

Loving the fabric and the dress style is just perfect. Might have to buy that pattern for my girls. So adorable!

Julia said...

I love this dress! I love the fabric. Your daughter is just soooo very cute.

Marybeth said...

That dress is adorable - she'll probably remember wearing it even when she's all grown up!!!

The Twilight Quilters Coven said...

way cute! AND a zipper, too!! This is why I stick to quiltng...