We just celebrated having A home with us for one whole year! I (finally!) got around to making her a new dress for her Gotcha Day.
I used a fuchsia and orange version of Garden Party by Pillow and Maxfield for Michael Miller for the fabric. I picked this up at my local quilt store several years ago, so it would be hard to find now. I was looking for fabric that was bright and Indian-ish for my daughter who was still living in India at the time. I used some of this for her blocks and her quilt, but since I had several yards I knew I wanted to make a dress out of it.
Step 1: Cut out the fabric. I used a couple of dresses she is currently wearing as pattern guides. This is the back of the tunic so the straps are longer to come up over the shoulders. I didn't want to have to finish the lining on the upper part of the dress so I cut it to use the selvage edge. The lining on this side is crooked, but you can't see that on the finished dress so I left it like this.
The front panel of the tunic, again using the selvage edge for the lining. Lining the top gives a little body to the neck and arm holes.
Step two: Sew linings to the pieces.
The following steps don't have pictures... I was trying to rush and finish the entire dress while A was napping!
Step 3: Turn the pieces right side out and press with iron.
Step 4: Sew the front and back pieces together along the sides. I used French seams so I didn't have to finish anything on the inside of the dress. I love French seams and on something like this they are so easy!
Step 5: Hem bottom of dress. Press with iron to finish.
Step 6: Add buttons to top of dress. I sewed buttons on the front piece and added button holes to the straps, but you could do it the other way around for a slightly different look.
Finished product! My machine was very cooperative for this project so I was able to finish quickly, about two hours start to finish. I think this is a record for me- sewing projects, even easy ones like this, tend to drag on for me as I am constantly ripping out seams and re-sewing.
A loves her Gotcha Day dress! Having the most beautiful model makes my sewing look good!!!