Sunday, October 14, 2012

Trio of Three-Tiered Dresses

I recently finished up a trio of dresses to give to friends.  First up was a pair of dresses for 3-year-old Lucy and 2-year-old Molly.

I graded the size 3 pattern down to make the size 2, since
the pattern starts at size 3

I got a little carried away making fabric flowers.  They were quick, easy and fun to make.  I used a method similar to this one.  Basically, you cut flower shapes out of fabric, fold them in half, then thirds, and glue them down to a felt circle.  Stagger 2 layers, then strategically glue some petals together so they fluff up, and roll up a flower piece or two to glue down in the middle.  Attach an alligator clip on the back,  cover it with some felt for security, and you're done!

I also made a tiered peasant dress for Nora, who is 5.  I used Simplicity 2377 to make the dresses, changing the construction a little bit to use a ruffler foot.  You can find loads of details about that in my ruffler foot tutorials.

I made size 6 so there was room to grow

I made some flower clips for Nora, including a gi-normous purple one which was my first try and the size of a small plate.  I sent that along in case her mommy wanted to match.

The large flower weighs quite a bit too.  I didn't realize
how much weight all the hot glue would add!

I have now made this dress 7 times and not one was for Danielle!  It makes me feel like a bad mommy, but she will get one.  In fact, I think I'm going to make a modified version for a princess dress Halloween costume.  (Just a generic princess, not a specific Disney one).  We were going to be the Flintstone Family this year, but my husband will only be able to catch the tail end of trick or treating, so I'm not going to make a group costume for the family until we can all be together.

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