|Jumping for joy|
|Who gave that child in a white dress raspberries to eat?|
The open back makes this dress nice and cool for those rare Pacific NW hot days--but we've actually had a fair share of those this year, so it worked out well.
I used the same method that I linked to in this post--you can see the original tutorial from Tea Rose Home here. It's really an easy way to highlight a cute fabric AND use a top that's not so exciting--or even one that has a stain at the bottom or isn't long enough anymore. Recycling ahoy! I've made several dresses this way now, and I've even tried it out with onesies. Oh, what's that, you'd like to see a picture of that too? Okay, here you go!
|I can't seem to get the color quite right in this photo--it's coming out a lot more neon than that pink looked in person.|
And for something extra...
I thought that the plain white bodice of this dress would be a fun opportunity to try something else out that I've been thinking about--decorative stitches. I've mentioned here before that my sewing machine is a hand-me-down from my grandma, and while I've been using it for years I only recently acquired such handy things as...the manual, for example. This pretty sheet was also tucked in there:
It's full of decorative stitches! There are a series of buttons with numbers and letters on them at the top of my machine, and I never knew what they were for. Well, voila! The code is cracked! With different combinations of buttons, I can make lots of lovely designs, and I don't have to do anything special except make sure I'm pulling the fabric through at a consistent speed.
|Do you see the one I chose?|
This was my first try on an actual garment--I'd only practiced on scrap fabric before. So pretty! I love the little detail that the decorative stitch adds. It might be fun to do this kind of thing to plain store-bought clothes too, to dress them up a bit. Lots of possibilities!