It’s a fun pattern that I’ve gotten comfortable with. The last time I made it, I came up with a way to alter the pattern. Basically I took a simple pattern and made it ridiculously simple. I took out the yolk and the box pleats and made a summery A-line, slip-over dress.
But I didn’t just make one. I made three. Because I’m a little crazy that way. I know you’ve heard my arguments before. “Be sure to make a pattern at least twice”, “it builds you sewing skills”, “it’s a more efficient use of your time”…blah, blah, blah. But it’s true, so I’ll keep saying it.
There are no scary zippers or button holes, just a back slit with an elastic loop and button (I also used a hook and eye). Don’t you just love this fabric?!! I’m so smitten with those happy tulips and the bright colors. I still have a half yard left and I’m trying to decide what to do with it.
The tulip dress was the last one I made, and by the time I had made three of them it was only taking me about 45 minutes per dress. The green dress with the boarder took longer to make. Did I mention they only take 3/4 of a yard to make?! It just keeps getting better
It’s as simple as sandwiching the raw edges in between the bias tape and sewing all the layers together. You can buy specialty bias tape on Etsy (which is were I purchased the red bias tape) or you can make your own using this great tutorial by No Big Dill. I’ve noticed that chain fabric stores are starting to carry a small selection of patterned bias tape but they can still be hard to find.
This dress is the closest to the original pattern. I used the hidden bias facing and kept the coordinating boarder at the bottom. It’s made out of a green linen blend (meaning it can be washed and dried.) I added the little pocket and buttons to keep it from looking bottom heavy.
They’re such sweet little dresses, it’s going to be hard to wait until summer!
If you have any questions about the pattern, fabric, or trim just let me know. I’ll do my best to answer them
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Wednesday! ~ April
Semi- philosophical side-note that you may ignore if you wish: I hope that when I use words like “simple” and “quick”, you don’t get the idea that I mean “fast” and “sloppy”. Even the simplest step deserves attention and thoughtfulness. While cutting smooth lines may seem like kindergarten business, it’s actually very important. Cutting and sewing straight lines are the foundations that everything else is built on. If those are wrong, everything that comes after that will be too. Be conscience of how every step effects the project as a whole. If you are taking the time to do something, do it well. I think those are skills that translate well to many aspects of life. Who knew sewing was so deep?