This month's pattern for Project Run and Play's sew along is Frozen Elsa Dress. It is a great tutorial showing how to make a simple princess dress that would please any girls. But to be honest I was not sure what to do with it at first... I love making princess dresses, and I do plan to make one or two this year, but I will probably do that later this year. It is so hot right now, I just do not feel like sewing fancy dresses. But missing out this challenge? Me, who love to sew pretend dress-up clothes? No, that was not happening! After a little thinking, I remembered the Wizard of Oz event I am planning to take Momo to this summer. It would be more fun if Momo had a dress to go with it!
I wanted this Dorothy dress to be something wearable and not too costume-y. So I made a summer dress with the inspiration. Luckily I had this blue gingham seersucker in my stash. It makes an airy summer dress Momo can wear all day long comfortably. Seersucker was so easy to sew with, and I love that I will not have to iron this dress :)
The Frozen Elsa dress pattern comes in separate pieces. That would work great as a costume, especially for kids to dress up on their own. But I wanted a dress, so I sewed the bodice and the skirt together. Also I wanted more than just a tube top, so I cut the front and back bodice pieces separately, and gave it a little shape.
Velcro closure would not work on this dress. I went with elastic thread shirring, a perfect choice for an easy-going summer dress. Then I sewed on those wide straps in V-shape, trying to mimic what I saw on Doroty's dress front in the movie.
I picked the largest white buttons from my stash. It would not fit in the buttonhole foot, so the button holes had to be done manually on the straps. Good thing I had to make only two of them...
Momo was eager to do this Dorothy photo-shoot. Even though I did not show her Toto till we got to the location, I think she expected it because she saw me packing the basket into the car. She was not surprised, and was just so happy she got a new baby (that is what she calls all her stuffed animals).
Momo will have to wait till the weather cools down to get new princess dresses. Meanwhile, I am loving my little Dorothy!
Linking up to those fun parties.