Melody and I found this fabric at an incredible booth at Sew Expo last March. When we saw its subtle luster and the way it almost shimmered in the light, we were hooked. Oh, and did I mention that it has a beautiful chevron pattern woven in throughout?
Once we had the fabric in-hand, this dress almost designed itself. I sat down with a pencil and my trusty sketchpad, and before long, this ruffly little creation was sitting on the page staring at me. And of course, I couldn’t say no!
During the next week and a half, I put aside several large blocks of time to start cutting and stitching. I was pleasantly surprised by how far I’d gotten at the end of it! All those ruffles did take a while — but not as long as I had anticipated.
Melody and I were especially happy with how the little cap sleeves came out. We tried a new technique for attaching the ruffle to the sleeve band, and it worked marvellously! Personally, I really appreciate the way it keeps the ruffle under control without completely squashing it…
Another part of the dress we were pleased with was the ties in the back. We cut them on the bias for better flexibility, and it was delightful to see how well it worked! The take-home? Bias cut is magic!
After careful thought, we decided to name this dress the Daydream. It started off with a dreamy fabric, and Lisette (who’s modelling the dress in the pictures) says it’s a dream to wear. Here’s hoping you and the dolls in your life enjoy the daydreams it’ll inspire for you!