The free dress pattern can be found at The Train to Crazy.
It is taking me a bit longer this week to get the pictures up of the dresses, hopefully the weather will cooperate a little more too.
Have no fear dress #2 is here...
I'm still debating whether or not to give it a waistband, but I like the flowing look of it.
My inspiration was from this...
I will be making a skirt similar to this-maybe for Easter.
Things I did differently for this dress.
For a ruffled sleeve and a box pleat I added extra width to the sleeve.
For the box pleat on the sleeve I marked the center of the sleeve (the red pin) and pinned one inch from center.
Then I flattened the one inch and pinned to the sleeve, this is the back view.
This is the front view of the sleeve.
Because I cut the sleeves wide I used piping to finish off the edge-no need for extra stretching.
Here is the finished edge of the sleeve.
Instead of gathering the back and front of the dress I decided to do box pleats. For the middle pleat I measured two inches out from center
The two outside pleats were 2 1/2 inches from the new center.
These outside pleats were only 1 inch deep.
This is what it should look like before you sew it.
I basted the top edge of the pleats and finished it off with a gray strip of fabric as per the tutorial.
For the bottom edge I used pre-packaged bias tape sewn together. I used a lot of pins for this part, sewing was a bit prickly.
When I finished one row of the loops I added another layer. I didn't have enough to go all the way around three times so I went one and a half. The front of the dress has two loops and the back only has one.
Isn't it a fun design?
Front and back view.
I had yellow piping left over from the sleeves and finished the bottom edge.
I still debating about the sleeves. I like the look, but I might shorten them a bit.
The yellow gives the dress and unexpected flare.
I'm sure a yellow corsage and a yellow headband would pull the dress together.