Friday, April 18, 2014

{Flourish} a Marissa dress

the Marissa dress, pattern by Sis Boom

for Aria

Voila, my third Marissa dress!  This excellent pattern by Sis Boom was my very first handsewn dress and remains my favorite.  It has some special style details and really smart construction.  I absolutely recommend it!

fabric from Pink Chalk!

You can find the pattern (sizes 6 months to 12 years) and the fabric I used at Pink Chalk Fabrics.  Or you could find the fabric...  With Anna Maria Horner's Dowry collection on sale for $8.95, the Flourish print is now out of stock.  Bummer.  Dowry Dresden Bulbs would be a nice substitute or browse fabrics by Amy Butler for another large scale floral print or choose something more springy by Cori Dantini.  I'm sure you can manage (wink!).

tulle for fluff, lining for comfort

The Marissa dress pattern includes a lined bodice, but not a lined skirt. Each time I've made this dress, I've wanted a really full finish, so I add tulle and a muslin skirt lining to keep the tulle off her legs.

modified Marissa dress

The dress finishes with a smooth lining if you follow the assembly order for attaching the skirt to the bodice that I detailed here.  And I always use an invisible zipper too.  It's what I'm used to!

in Flourish Cherry by Anna Maria Horner

My favorite thing about this version is the way the linear floral pattern gathers up into the skirt.  It definitely emphasizes the twirly, girly skirt and pretty waist.  Looking forward to seeing Aria in it on Sunday!

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

20 comments:

  1. It's lovely! I like that you lined the skirt and added some tulle for body. I may have to consider doing that on some skirt projects that I have planned for the summer. Happy Easter to you and your family! xoxo

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  2. It's beautiful Rachel! It must be so fun to have a girl to sew for :)

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  3. Very very pretty, and has the essential "twirl factor" too! Linda

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  4. Great additions with the tulle and lining. Excellent fabric choice! You are a pro at this one. :)

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  5. It's so pretty! You inspired me to make my first dress for my seven month old. Turns out, clothing isn't as scary as I thought it was. Now I'm antsy to try something else! Perhaps that skirt sew-along... :)

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    1. Oh, that's awesome!!! Yes, I'd still like to do that skirt sew-along. I was waiting for a reply from someone. Hmmm...

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  6. Beautiful. If I only had a grand daughter. ..

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  7. What little girl wouldn't love a tulle underskirt!? Good call.

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  8. Beautiful! Too bad the sizes don't keep going up. :)

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    1. Seriously! This is a dress I would totally wear in my size. But, blech, I still don't know about tackling a dress for me in non-stretch cotton.

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  9. I love it! My daughter will only wear things that are rainbow-y and sparkly and I haven't had much luck getting her to wear anything I've made.

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    1. I am so grateful that she likes these dresses! Honestly, at her age I might have been harder to please. Fortunately, she and I both love Anna Maria Horner fabrics!

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  10. such a beautiful dress! Happy Easter!

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  11. You make it look so easy, but surely it's not - right? I'm tempted to join a skirt sew along, but I'm curious what age/style it'd be and how long the sew-along would take. I could be convinced to do any style as long as I felt like I could finish what I start (which hasn't been the case on my other attempts!)

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    1. Really, Daisy, I think it IS that easy. I think anyone who can sew quilt blocks can sew a girl's dress. You just follow the directions and... poof! To make it as easy as possible, leave off the pattern extras (skirt lining, tulle and invisible zipper) and instead just follow the directions to the T. I don't think you could get lost!

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  12. Very beautiful ! I bet Aria looks stunning in her new dress - Happy Easter to all of you.

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  13. Its lovely and its so sweet that she likes for you to sew for her. I would love to join the sew along :)

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