Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ruffle Joy Skirt

The name of the pattern for this skirt just about describes it perfectly. And yes, finally I have made something for baby b. This incredibly cute pattern is by Bridget & Lucy and can be found here. The directions were fairly simple; you can actually use pre-cut jelly roll strips for the ruffled layers though I did cut up my own strips from fabrics I had on hand. The tulle also comes in 6-inch pre-cut rolls. The most exciting part of the process of making this skirt was that I got to use the rolled hem feature on my serger. The hemming was done so easily and fast. And the end result is a beatifully finished skirt! I'll post pictures of Baby B. crawling around in her skirt when the big day comes for her to wear it. And yes, I am talking about her 1 year birthday celebration.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Rapunzel, Rapunzel

The Disney movie "Tangled" just came out on DVD and I was inspired to make my version of the rapunzel dress. I used the same pattern as the cinderella dress, this time using view a, which is the snow white view. For the striped sleeves, I sewed narrow lavendar ribbons spaced about 1 and 1/2 inches apart, and doubled the length of the sleeve bands. The detailing on the bodice was made by adding an extra layer, cutting the two halves into a v-shape, then adding eyelets for the the ribbon lacing. The overskirt was lined with purple satin on top of a sparkly chiffon.

I found myself riduculously pleased with this dress, more so than anything else I've made in recent memory. I think this was because I veered a little away from a pattern, albeit to replicate a different dress, but still. Another factor was the absolute delight that s showed when I gave her the dress. She wore it for our "Tangled" themed playdate and was so happy to show it off to her friends.