Sunday, March 11, 2012

Butterfly Dress

I was motivated by CrashYourStash March Challenge to craft with the most abundant supply in your stash. The most abundant supplies in my stash are yarn and fabric and buttons.   I had some leftover butterfly fabric that my daughter had used many years ago to sew when she was into butterflies.  She had partially sewed a pair of shorts and a pocket out of the fabric. I had been wanting to use it to make a garment for her daughter who is 3yrs old. 



I noticed a dress on Creative Chaos and really liked how the skirt was constructed.  I had already decided I wanted a t-shirt to be the top of the dress.  I had previously purchased two t-shirts at the 99Cent store and decided to use them for the top of the dress.  They look grayish in the photo below but were really a periwinkle blue.  I think the lighting in the room was not good for the photo.
I found a McCall's Pattern in my patterns stash and chose #6386 to use for the top.

I cut out the top but cut it shorter using the marking "waistline" for the length to cut it.  This photo really shows the nice periwinkle color of the t-shirts.
Then I constructed the skirt using the tutorial as mentioned above and sewed the skirt to the top.

I wanted to embellish the dress so embroidered some flowers and french knots along the waistline.   Added a green button to a pocket that that had already been cut out of the fabric to the skirt.  The top still needed a little more color so I saw this great fabric flower tutorial and made a flower for the dress top.  (I saw the flower tutorial on the same tutorial I used for the headband mentioned below.)





There was still leftover fabric so I sewed a headband from a tutorial on Joyfoolery.  I only made one change on the headband from the tutorial and covered the elastic with fabric.  I realize it may make a difference if the headband will stay on but can always remove it if needed.
 I handsewed the hem so it would be easier to adjust if I need to when my granddaughter tries it on as she lives abroad in England.  We are visiting in April and will take it.

It was a little sentimental using the fabric as it brought back memories of being used by my daughter many  years ago....but I can get sentimental about a lot of things!

So Thankful To Be Sewing!

11 comments:

  1. Evie says, "That's so pretty!" We can't wait to see it (and you) in person!

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  2. Wow, this is so gorgeous!!! Like i said before, you have very lucky grandchildren :-). thanks so much for the link
    lots of love
    jutta
    ps: it is so sweet that you used the fabric your daughter bought for her daughter. can understand that it makes you sentimental...

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  3. Super cute! I'd love for you to link it up to Crafty Cousins!

    http://crafting-cousins.blogspot.com/2012/03/what-i-wore-sunday-week-7.html

    ~Natalie

    Holla! We're your newest followers! :)

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  4. This is so beautiful Kay! I get sentimental about a lot of things too, haha! Your granddaughter and Daughter will both love it!

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    1. Justine,
      Thank you so much for the nice compliment. Next is an outfit for Evie's brother...
      Hope this is a good week for you.
      Kay

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  5. Your blog is really amazing with all the bits and pieces of information I can share with my friends and followers. Thanks and more power!

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  6. That butterfly fabric is gorgeous! I bet your granddaughter will adore her new outfit!

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    1. Amy,
      Oh, Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I do enjoy your blog. Hope your weekend will be full of pleasantry!
      Kay

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  7. Aww Kay, that outfit is so sweet, what gorgeous fabric. I love that you used my fabric headband tutorial, it turned out fabulous! Feel free to add it to my Flickr Pool here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/joyfoolerytutorials/ so others can check it out too.

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  8. Beautiful outfit, Kay!!! Love all the little details... the embroidery, the pocket, the headband and flowers.

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