I wanted two layers of fabric to give the dress a more ethereal fairy effect, so I chose a silky purple (almost magenta) fabric I found for 100 yen a meter and topped it with a soft lilac stretch lacy fabric. The color came out exactly like the book cover, which is good because was Little Sister ever a stickler for detail!
I'm experimenting with putting a jump in my longer posts so that more posts appear on my main page--read the rest after you click, and let me know if you love/hate having a jump! I'll show you the book cover so you can see how well I matched this dress up :)
For the two layers, I just cut out the dress twice. There are 4 pattern pieces (front, back, and the two sleeves) and I basically treated the two pieces as one. For the front and back pattern pieces, I basted the fabrics together at the neckline, but I sewed the side seams separately so that they would flow like two layers of skirt. For the sleeves, I actually sewed the two layers right-sides together along the flat edge (what would become the armhole), then turned them right side out and basted the tops (what would become part of the neckline) and sewed them to the body as one piece, but then the bottom of the sleeves were already finished nicely so I didn't have to hem them. I gathered them using the shirring (elastic thread) method outlined in the tutorial.
I also skipped hemming the bottom of the skirts by cutting the fabric so that the bottom of the dress was the selvage of the fabrics. Made it a pretty quick sew!
|Love her brother reading in the background ;)|
Again to match the book cover, I added a couple of rows of shirring to the dress to create an empire waistline. Comfy, easy, and effective! I just pinned really well to make sure my layers didn't shift while I was sewing the shirring.
On the book cover, according to Little Sister, the fairy has:
1. "side bangs"
2. A necklace that doesn't touch her dress
3. Two bracelets
4. Tall purple socks
5. Flower clip by her ear
|Little Sister's book choice|
|Pretty darn good match!|
|In action at the book parade--she made sure everything was just like the book.|
And here are a few more fun fairy pictures--I couldn't resist taking photos in the little park on our block, with the big cherry trees in bloom! I will post soon on our family blog about more of the Sakura viewing that we did this season--the cherry blossoms really are amazing!