Tuesday, November 11, 2014

sew it all series - every girl needs a polka dot dress

As I stated back in my first Sew It All series round up post, Mae needs more dresses since she only has one, and people at church are starting to wonder!  My favorite thing about sewing dresses is that I don't have to make sure that they match anything else.  Or, in other words, I can use any fabric I want!


For this dress I chose Nani Iro Pocho double gauze in Teal.  I used double gauze one other time, and it was one of my favorite fabrics ever to sew!  Plus it rarely needs to be ironed which is always a plus ;)  After I chose the fabric, I moved on to choosing a pattern, which was not quite as easy.  I really wasn't sure what I wanted, and nothing was really appealing to me from my existing pattern collection, so I started with a Japanese pattern basic bodice (used for this dress) and made a few modifications.  And by a few, I mean that I changed everything!  I changed it to front opening, added length to the bodice, added facings, changed the shape and length of the sleeve, and pleated the skirt rather than gathering it.  In other words, I didn't keep anything from the original pattern ;)


My favorite modification is the sleeves.  I added 3" to the width, and then rather than gathering the cap, I made tiny inverted pleats.  It took 12 pleats for each sleeve.  I probably won't use this method again since it took longer than the entire rest of the dress, but it was fun to try it once!  And I love the look since it takes in the fullness without adding a true puff sleeve, which is not really my favorite kind of sleeve anyway.


The bottom of the sleeve is finished with a double cased elastic band with a 1/2" ruffle.  It kind of mimics the look of shirring without having to change every single setting on my sewing machine, so it's 100% better than shirring in my mind :)


Take a closer look at the snaps - each snap is covering a dot that is exactly the same color.  I would love to say that I planned that, but the truth is it was totally a coincidence :)


Materials:
Nani Iro Double Gauze
Snaps - Kamsnaps

18 comments :

  1. This is beautiful! And I love this fabric soooo much, I should probably just go buy some :)

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    1. It's a lovely fabric and totally worth the expense!

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  2. Beautiful dress! I love the polka dots and the matching snaps are so awesome!

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    1. Thanks! The matching snaps were a very happy accident :)

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  3. Wow, super lovely dress! Would love to see pictures of Mae wearing it :-)

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    1. Thanks! I really do need to take a few pictures when she wears it next time :)

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  4. This dress is GORGEOUS, I absolutely love it. The fabric is delicious and those matching snaps make it a work of art.
    Bet it looks fabulous on.

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    1. Thank you for the lovely complement! The fabric really is delicious, isn't it? What a perfect word for it ;)

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  5. The snaps are perfection!! Love what you did with the sleeve cuffs too!

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  6. What a lovely dress! Love, love those matching snaps!

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  7. I love this! And I would love to know how to do that double casing. That gives the sleeve cuffs such as sweetness!

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  8. This is absolutely incredible! And those snaps! How perfect and creative - perfectly creative? I love your style!

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  9. That's so beautiful! Can't fail with Nani Iro! And I love the pleats on the sleeve. I like full sleeves, but not puffed shoulders, so think I may steal your technique for my next project... clever idea...

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  10. Love the fabric, snaps, pleated sleeves and double elastic.

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