I am slowly moving up in the world of sewing :) I tried some simple beginner projects and had some failed experiments before I felt like I was ready to try something I thought I could get some use out of. Here it is!
To be sure it would fit, I traced an existing dress that fits my daughter well, adding roughly half an inch to the entire perimeter of each piece for seam allowance. I trace with chalk directly onto the fabric, but I think I'll start making some patterns with wax paper so I don't have to keep finding a good dress to trace.
This is just four pieces, front bodice, back bodice, front skirt and back skirt. The skirt started as a rectangle and then I ruffled the top to the same width as the bodice. If you don't know how to ruffle, you can youtube it, but I do want to make my own video tutorial for that because I found the existing ones hard to follow.
I cut the back bodice in half and inserted the zipper. (Don't leave this for last. It won't work.) I hemmed the sleeve and neck openings, then attached both bodices to their respective ruffled skirts.
Then I wanted a little something extra and I had this pretty ribbon, so I edge-stitched it in place across the top of the ruffle. I did this before attaching the front to the back because I wanted the side seam to be continuous, without the ribbon just tacked on at the end.
Now to attach the front piece to the back, I lined up the ribbon, because if this is not lined up it will really be noticeable, whereas anything else would be fixable. I sewed the front to the back and finished the inside seam with a zigzag stitch (I don't have a serger). I also really like french seams but I never remember to leave enough seam allowance.
I didn't hem it but instead added the ribbon to the bottom raw edge, so I hope it doesn't fray too much.
It was nice and simple and doesn't look as home-made as many of my other projects. I would like to give you guys a full tutorial, but I've got to remember to stop and take pictures. Also, I read so many tutorials myself, being a beginner, I feel silly writing one. I figure if you know half of what I do about sewing you can figure this out on your own just like I did. But then some people really need directions, whereas I like to branch out and do my own thing.
I'm working on a set of matching Jelly Roll dresses that were inspired by another blog, but I think might be different enough for me to write about later :)
I'm also DYING to make a quilt, but am trying to patient enough to acquire enough scrap material to do it with.