More than 2 months ago, I took green gauze fabric and orange gauze fabric out of the stash, and asked my daughter Momo which one she liked better. She chose the orange without hesitation. I told her I would make her a dress with it, and she was happy to hear that. My daughter seems to have completely forgotten about it, but it is about time I keep my promise ;)
The reason it took me long time to start working on this dress is because I had particular design in mind. I wanted a summer dress with criss-cross front bodice. I looked for the pattern, but I could not find one... You would think Simplicity or McCall's would have one with this kind of design, but they do not. I searched online and I DID find one pattern and tutorial with this design, but the way the dress was constructed was not going to work for me. I wanted a lot of gathering for the skirt so it will not be see-through. Also I wanted to sandwich the skirt between the bodice front and lining to hide the edge because I do not own a serger. I could not modify the pattern I found online, so finally I decided to make the pattern myself. Well, I did not make one from scratch. I took out the bodice pattern I used for the bubble top, because it fits my daughter perfectly. I used the back bodice pattern as-is, and just drew diagonal lines in the front bodice pattern. For the skirt, I just cut two pieces salvage to salvage, sew them together into a skirt.
After making the bodice and trying it on Momo, I realized I made it too big for her. Since the bodice pattern was the perfect size when I used it to make a top last time, I thought staying in the same size would work. But I was wrong. I had to trim the front bodice twice till it fit Momo.
Also somehow I ended up using the shorter elastic pieces for the back this time.
When Momo wears this dress, she says "I'm a princess!"
I would have liked more realistic-looking butterflies on her hair, but those were perfect color match to this dress and were sold at clearance price at Michael's :)
I love it that the gauze dress is very light even with the full skirt. When I go shopping, I see fall decorations and fashions everywhere already, but it is still upper 90s degrees out there... Momo NEEDS a light summer dress!
So what did I learn from this experiment?
1) Find a good pattern and stick to it.
2) Or if creating a pattern yourself, be ready to spend some time on it...
Linking up to those fun parties.