Friday, March 11, 2011

Butterfly Easter Dress

My little girl will be about a month old for Easter this year, so I thought I'd plan ahead and get a little dress ready.
I found the butterfly cotton print at Walmart for $1.50/yard.
The tangerine eyelet was a scrap from a dress I made back in 2006. 
I made the tangerine dress for a big graduation trip my husband and I took to Italy.  It was light, cool, and comfortable.  When I made it back then, it seemed really out of place, but now it seems like waisted dresses are all over.  My husband says it reminds him of a waitress uniform at a 50s diner...ya, I can see that.  Just missing the apron, the gum, but I do have the snotty attitude.

Rome was amazing, except the day we dedicated to the Vatican and I crapped my pants.

But back to this little easter dress using my Rome dress scraps.
This was really easy, just a big tube for the skirt.  I sewed the layers together in one big rectangle, then had one seam for the back.

For the bodice, I cut it really wide, then shirred it up using the elastic thread in my bobbin and rows 1/4" apart.

The sleeves create the shoulder, like a baseball tee.  Then to cinch the neck all together, I made a casing with a 2" strip of tangerine cut on the bias and laced 1/4" elastic through.
So far I have this satin flower headband to coordinate and I've thought about making some baby shoes out of the scraps to match.

This really was a simple dress to make.  I was kind of winging it, and it ended up turning out alright, so let me know if anyone is interested in a pattern/ tutorial.
PS I know how to avoid all the bunch at the waist for next time.

19 comments:

  1. This is really sweet, love the color!

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  2. Oh that is so sweet. You have been so busy, it must be getting close now. I can't wait to see her pictures and hear about how your son likes his baby sister. He is bound to be a good helper.

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  3. Love the dress! But love your Rome story even more! So funny! Although I'm sure it wasn't even remotely funny at the time! I was pregnant when I went to Italy and had to use the bathrooms every two seconds, unfortunately there were NEVER any restaurants around. One of my only compaints about the trip :)

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  4. Ok so I read the rome story, and I laughed so hard! I was really sick once when I was pregnant and I mean really sick throwing up like crazy and once mid throw up my belly full of baby forced my bowels too and I crapped my pants, it was soooo embarrassing, and sadly I got no sympathy... but know I laugh about it, and my husband never lets me live it down... charming.
    Your story made me laugh and sympathize with you. And the dress is darling!

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  5. I'm pretty sure I NEED a tutorial for that dress. I love it!

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  6. I'd love a tutorial. Very cute!

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  7. The dress is adorable (both of them :). I'd love a tutorial!

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  8. what a darling dress and would love a tutorial! I found you via Ucreate...and I must admit you made my friday afternoon reading your Rome story. I know it wasn't funny then but it definitely gave me a good chuckle! :)

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  9. I would love a tutorial. Such a cute dress!

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  10. the dress is adorable! I love the fabric. I wouldn't have guessed that you got it at walmart.

    I nearly laughed myself silly reading your Rome story. My husband had a similar experience while riding the subway in nyc. Luckily he found a bathroom in time (barely) which is kind of a miracle in manhattan.

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  11. Love the dress! The colours are so pretty and what a great match. I'd love a tutorial too.

    I've got the giggles about your Rome story too. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. p.s.- i really love the dress you mde for your trip. super cute and retro!

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  13. A tute would be great! My little one will be about 3 mos. at Easter. SO cute! Her 4-yr-old sister wants to match her baby sister, so maybe I could make 2?

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  14. I don't have any kids, but I'd love to see a tutorial so I could use it when I do have kids!

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  15. Oh dear, I read your blog all the time, but I felt that I had to comment because your Rome story moved me to tears...of laughter. I think more people have had unpleasant experiences with poop than they care to admit. I freely admit I've had my share. But that isn't what really got me. I mean, I chuckled and giggled a bit through the whole thing because I can just imagine. (It was well written.) But what got me to crying with laughter was your Mom's response. "It was that good?" I could not stop laughing.

    Just in case you think I didn't even look at the sweet little dress in the post, I did. Lucky baby. :)

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  16. Great Rome story! I love your husband's name, it is the same as my 19 mo old son. This is the first time I've been on your blog, but it seems great!

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