Monday, April 18, 2011

Easter Dress!

Hurray, it FITS!  Yes, it's official, I zipped Aria up in the finished dress and found that she does have room to breathe!  So it might not fit her by the end of summer and it certainly won't fit next year, but it totally fits now.  First dress + fits = success.  I'm so very happy!

Oh, and she is too!  Which is undoubtedly very, very important.  Of course.

Sis Boom Marissa Easter Dress!

Backing up, this is the Sis Boom Marissa dress - my first experience with a full-fledged clothing pattern and my first dress.  Without a doubt, it was a pleasant experience.  Such clear, detailed instructions felt like someone holding my hand all the way through. I'm a clothing-making convert, yes-sirree.

Now, if you're looking for pictures of said daughter actually wearing the dress, you're out of luck.   Or perhaps we're out of luck, cause I would like those pictures too.  But worry not!  I will be sure to snap some shots on Easter Sunday. 

So why post now?  Well, because I wanted to share my experience with putting in that tulle skirt lingin.  My request for advice was met with some great tips (thanks again!), and I also heard that some of you are working on the same skirt-fluffifying project.  So, here's a quick, not-tutorial on what worked for me!

skirt layers

From bottom to top, here's a snapshot of the skirt layers.  At bottom is the very wide Honey Child skirt outer.  Next is my muslin lining, which I cut 6" narrower than the skirt outer.  Up top is the tulle netting I bought for all of 50 cents at Hancocks.  I cut it slightly shorter than the muslin so Aria wouldn't feel the tulle and approximately as wide as the muslin.

Next, I stitched 2 rows of gathering stitches at the top of each skirt layer.  Then, I pulled the bobbin threads to gather the skirt layers until each was the same size as the waist of the bodice.   At this point, I had 3 separate skirt layers - all gathered to the same width.

Now the Marissa pattern doesn't include a lining in the skirt at all. But, I figured out (by studying another part of the pattern) that I could make the inner bodice/skirt seam smooth and scratch-free by sewing the skirt layers and the bodice in this order.

like magic

So, that's muslin skirt lining (right side up), bodice (right side up) and skirt outer (right side down).  I made a fabric sandwich of these three pieces, aligned the raw edges and stitched my seam.  I did not attach the tulle at this stage, because I wanted to minimize bulk at this seam.  Here's the inside of the dress when I was finished:

happy seam!

See, no raw edges! They're stuck inside the layers of the skirt.  Is it just me, or sometimes doesn't sewing feels like magic?

To attach the tulle, I pinned and stitched it directly to the muslin lining only, near the bodice/skirt seam where no one will see it.  Yeah.  Skirt is pleasantly puffy.  Joyfully twirly.  And, no scratchy tulle or saggy separate petticoat.  Victory!

finished + fits = HAPPY

And now this pretty little thing is hanging in my bedroom awaiting the big day.  Not sure why it's in my bedroom...  But I do know that I have absolutely nothing to wear. 

35 comments:

  1. Yeah for you! So exciting. I like to go back and forth between sewing and quilting.

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  2. Fantastic job, it looks lovely (and not scratchy!).

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  3. This turned out really cute. I love the contrasting fabric on the skirt. Great job with the lining. I am sure she will be the envy of all the other little girls on Easter Sunday.

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  4. Beautifully done. I'm sure your daughter will look stunning in her Easter finery.

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  5. Beautiful, outstandingly beautiful... and it's in your room right now so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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  6. So, so cute! Love what you did with the tulle- smart!
    xoxo,
    Amy

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  7. Makes me wish I had a little girl!

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  8. Thank you for the non-tutorial, it is clear and brilliant.

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  9. Oo so cute! Your daughter is very lucky!

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  10. After such success you might just have enough time to make your own dress - or at least a beautiful skirt (the easier bit!)

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  11. Great job! That's exactly how I would have done it, and I've been sewing garments and costumes since Highschool (early 90s).

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  12. Oh my, it's adorable! I can't believe how tailored the outside AND inside of this dress is, that is amazing! WONDERFUL job! I hope your little one realizes how special this dress is.

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  13. This looks so beautiful, and I love how you made the lining/tulle skirt work. So smart!

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  14. so so cute! i have seen this pattern and i think it's just darling. the adult sized dress is adorable too!

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  15. Gorgeous! Great job, you should be very proud!

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  16. It's so cute. The fabric is so lovely. You did a great job, and I bet Aria will look so beautiful on Easter!

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  17. Wow, Rachel, it looks amazing!! I am thoroughly impressed.

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  18. It's so gorgeous! Maybe you could make one for me next? ;0)

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  19. So cute. There are so many patterns out there for adorable girls dresses.

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  20. The dress is gorgeous! I'm glad you shared the process pictures so we could see how you got away with no raw edges and no scratchy tulle...I'm also looking forward to seeing the dress on your daughter!

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  21. Wow! It looks gorgeous in the pictures! I can't wait to see it on her!

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  22. I'm with Jenny up there - after many years of sewing, that is the best way to do it - and you did it the first time by your own figgurin'. EXCELLENT. Welcome to garment world.

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  23. Beautiful dress! I wish I had time to sew for my little one... Or maybe I'm just too lazy!

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  24. It's oh so pretty! She must be thrilled. I know my Carmy loves new dresses! Great job...

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  25. ADORABLE! And what beautiful workmanship!!! And how thoughtful of you to buffer the scratchy slip with muslin! Wish my mom would have thought of that when I was wearing scratchy petticoats to Sunday School back in the day!!

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  26. that is very pretty and looks very well done!

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  27. Rachel, this dress is gorgeous~ I want one!

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  28. Oh my! I Looooove it! You did such an awesome job! I love, love, love the fabrics - so vibrant. Thanks for the tips on the skirt layers too. I finished my daughter's Easter dress a few days ago. And, while I would love to add a layer of tulle to fluff it up a bit, I think I'm a little dressed out. : ) Am filing your ideas though for future dress projects. : )

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  29. So pretty! Make yourself a matching mommy version!

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  30. Excellent job! And I like your solution for the waist seam.

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  31. omg 33 comments on this beauty!!!!! I truly love your twist..fantastic!!! You have rocked our world..We love it.
    all the best, Jennifer

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  32. Wonderful, mabey you could upsize the pattern & make onefor yourself : )

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