Today, I'm sharing a dress I made with the lovely Belgian voile she sent.
The voile has such a nice, floaty drape and the pale pink compliments Tia's caramely chocolate skin so beautifully. Great choice, An! :)
The dress is made from another Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids pattern (Project J). I love the lines of bodice and the gentle gathering. I hadn't seen anything like it. I really can't get enough of this book!
I did go rogue and construct the dress differently than the pattern instructed. The dress was not supposed to have any facings or linings and instead you finish the edges with a serger or zig zag stitch and tack lace over the top to hide the stitching.
I couldn't envision that working well at all. Voile seems too flimsy to stand alone as a completely unlined bodice. So I put the dress together a lot like the Oliver + S Ice Cream dress, which has a lined yoke and a button closure in the back. Oliver + S can't be beat for their superb instructions.
If you do it this way, you will need to bind the back armholes before you sew the bodice to the skirt.
The size 4 was too long for Tia (who's on the small side, for sure). The extra length lent itself well to finishing the dress with an asymmetrical hem. And that's what I did. Flowy and breezy and just right for our hot summers.
And our springs, too, when paired with a cardigan... only when necessary. :)
As it turned out, An had this very same voile in her stash. She suggested that we each create something with it and share what we made on the same day. So, today An is showing you her voile dress for her darling baby, Ava.
Isn't Ava gorgeous? She reminds me of Snow White. You can read all about her new dress here.
Also, I don't think I blogged about the package I sent as part of Mailbox Surprise. My receiver was Suz of Sewpony and I put this package together back in late November/early December.
I sent a brushed cotton with large pink dots from Spoonflower, which I found on Suz's fabric inspiration Pinterest board here. Inspired by this pin of hers, I sent the navy print with white dots, and then some Dear Stella confetti dots in Emerald. I also sent two metallic bias bindings that felt festive for the holiday season and some crocheted lace.
She used all three fabrics and blogged about them here and here.