Monday, November 3, 2008

Strappy Sundress Christmas Dress


Here is my most favourite fabric of the year Sandi Henderson's Farmers Market, in particular Red Vintage Cherries. Love it!

I got the last piece from Kelani and also the co-ordinating Apples in Spring and Red and then made it into the Strappy Sundress, all purchased from Kelani, my favourite online fabric shop.

This is a great dress for twirling!

This pattern is so simple and yet the finished dress is really very special with the elastic back and pretty straps tying in a bow attached to a loop. The skirt part is 2 rectangles (or in my case strips joined together for lack of enough cherries) joined together to make 88 inches of fabric which you need to gather, i.e. lots of fabric involved!!

This is the size 6 and I cut the bodice a little bigger and added an extra row of casing for the elastic back. If I make it again for Lill, I'll have to cut the bodice even bigger as this is a squeeze as it is, great big 5 year old unit she is!

Also, I have to mention my sewing friend Novy, who made this exact dress completely in the cherries for her little girl. It is just gorgeous, check it out on her blog. Thanks Novy for the inspiration!

10 comments:

Little Munchkins said...

It is absolutely gorgeous! Same yet different from mine :)

I am glad you managed to use the cherries fabric anyway, in a very creative manner I might add. And Lilli looks very pleased with her dress.

Kylie said...

You have done a great job - I love that it is Christmassy colours - but will still be able to be worn at other times - Lovely.

Jo said...

That is a really pretty dress and I love the fabrics you have used.

Karen said...

Leah this is gorgeous! I loved Novy's but also love the mix of fabrics.
Rather than buy another pattern I have added this pattern to my Christmas list - I just hope Santa now brings it for me!!

Anonymous said...

Leah you are so clever....Nanny would be so proud of you wish she was here to see it all she taught us well hey. I will be glad when I finish this aged care course may have some free time then to be involved in the sewing but not too late of a night..... love mum

Lisa said...

Beautiful

Beetlehouse Designs said...

Leah, it's gorgeous!!! Well done.

ingrid said...

Just gorgeous!

hollybeagle1981 said...

Oh wow! What a beautiful dress. Lil looks like she is really enjoying it!

Austy's Mum said...

Love the panels - looks fantastic!!!