Friday, June 10, 2011

Sewing: Nautical White Dress with frills

Hello summer! I love summer. Technically the California summers. Its where I grew up at. Summers here in Vegas is a little different. Its where I live now. Vegas summers is more like having to stay indoors to survive the deathly heat and hoping the 3 long months would go by quickly. But in California, the place to stay cool was near water. Whether it be the pool, lake, river or at the beach that's where I was at and wishing the summers never end.

A couple weeks ago I decided to make a Nautical theme dress to get in the spirit of summer. White and Navy blue are the colors that came to my mind when designing this dress.

I bought a bundle of white frills, when I last went to the garment district in LA and decided to use it for the skirt. I like it. And I think my daughter likes it too.

I added a polka dotted fabric in the back of the skirt to fashionably hold the elastic in place.

Unlike my daughter, I'd rather be near the water and she rather be near the horses. Hence the cowboy boots. She insisted on wearing this. She's my little cowgirl and not my little beach bum.

Wherever we might be this summer, let's stay fashionably cool!


Friday, June 3, 2011

Sewing: Summer dress

Two years ago I bought a pattern, Butterick B4718, from Joanns. I didn't realize until after I bought it that it was 3 sizes to BIG! Oops! I had started it but just never got around to finishing it. I just wasn't motivated to finishing it because it would be awhile before this dress would get some use. So I stored the half finished summer dress in my chest of fabrics.

Yesturday I pulled it out and noticed that all it needed to finish was putting on a zipper and hem the dress and it would be done. Maybe thats why I never got around to finishing it. Zippers scare me! I just don't like putting one on.

But I tackled it and voila!

A completed summer dress. I decided to give this one to my 5 year old niece in Wyoming. Hope she likes it!

Note: I couldn't send one to her without giving one to her little sister! This happen to be another one of those projects that never got finished. A white lace trim was all it needed to finish this Mary Engelbrit skirt. And by the way, this was scraps left over from the ME quilt I made for Juliana. Here is the front and back of the skirt. I have no idea which is which.