Monday 16 April 2012
Shirred Pillowcase Dresses...
Here are my latest dresses for Kristy's sew-along to support Dress A Girl Around the World over at Hopeful Threads.
My inspiration for these dresses, came from Crafts For Lily, where I saw an adorable, gingham sundress with shirring. You all know how I love shirring. As soon as I saw Crafts For Lily's dress, I wanted to start sewing.
I've based the dresses on the measurements from Dress A Girl Around the World. All four dresses have shirring at the front, instead of elastic as in my previous dresses. The back is gathered with elastic in a casing. Again, I've made the binding.
The accents on the first two dresses are made from a purple polka dot. Instead of hemming these two dresses, I've used the polka dot binding.
The first dress has two shirred pockets. Originally, I was only going to have one pocket, but changed my mind. I think I should have placed the pockets a little further apart. It's a little hard to see, but I've sewn three rows of cross stitch across the front.
The next dress has an appliquéd butterfly and a row of ric rac.
I love the purple polka dot, but only had enough for two dresses. After rummaging through my stash, I found another purple fabric, which I think co-ordinates even better with the gingham. I've cut these two dresses shorter and added a ruffle to the bottom.
I decided to leave this dress without accents, other than two rows of ric rac.
And I've left my favourite till last...
Edited to add: The template for the butterfly, came from Angel Lea Designs.
I've based my dresses on the measurements from Dress A Girl Around the World.
Also, read the Dress making guidelines from Dress A Girl Around the World.