A new dress on the way! Now this one will take a little time as I have new blocks and patterns to make. I started with a size 6 and as the size requests come through from my students they will be made.
I used a fabric that has a little elastine in it, so it has a slight stretch. Im not sure how well this will work with a cotton fabric, but hope one of my students will be happy to try this one!
Sleeves can be tricky to insert. These sleeves were unpicked a couple of times, the pattern adjusted (with help from my mum) and then finally I did it. The initial sleeve had quite a few gathers at the top of the sleeve but I really wanted them smooth with as little gathers as possible.
I also popped in a little bit of elastic, just to nip the dress in a little.
The cross over front has a facing attached.
Ruffles…I love ruffles. I cut these strips on the bias and then simply gathered them up. I did experiment a little with these too. I didn’t know whether to run two lines of gathering stitches and then stitch in between them, or just run one line and then stitch right over it. I chose the one line of gathering stitches, it created a bit of a messy look and I really liked that. It was a little tricky sewing the ruffles to the sleeves as it was such a small opening.
So I would love to hear from my students…do you want to make one of these? If yes please let me know what size and Ill get a move on. And I just need a name for this dress too! This dress is not really suitable for an absolute beginner.