Another catch-up for you, remember my continuing adventures with (slightly) stretchy fabric? Well, eventually it transformed into the most beautiful frilly pink and rainbow amazingness!
Okay, so it was a long way from what it I imagined when I started out, the little outfit with a frilly waistcoat, and although it looked really pretty, it was a bit, hmm, I don’t know, formal almost, and anyone who lives in the land of toddlers knows that you can’t go for a full-on dress-up costume, they rarely keep things on for more than a moment anyway (or they’ll wear it for a week, pretty much either/or with a toddler). I flirted with eh idea of making it all into one dress, but I changed track around half way through, so a bit late for that.
From the original design, I kept the slip underneath, because it’s a really nice way of using the print, and it functions as an underskirt/lining to stop the tutu skirt from scratching.
i really like the colours on this, it’s nice that you can get the full rainbow effect. I sewed all those sequins on with invisible thread, but it was really tricky to get it tight, as I didn’t want to snap it – so it ended up a little loopy. I tried to fix it with some iron-on facing, and even though I was super gentle, it still melted a few of the sequins and squished them flat, but it still looks okay.
For the tutu, I gathered up the netting and sewed it with a wide zigzag to a piece of wide elastic, which I covered up with some glitzy organza ribbon. Because it’s septette, you could easily switch it out with a different colour or shop-bought tutu, this one turned out okay, but I like a really frothy, full tutu when I play dress-up, so it could use a little improvement.
Finally, for the skirt, I opted for a wrap-around, tie-up skirt that would just lay on top of the tutu, and could be worn on its own for a little bit of impromptu twirling. I cut a large pattern shape out of the rainbow fabric, but I changed the stripes to vertical so that I wouldn’t have to worry about the pattern repeating against the dress.
I sewed the edges of the petals with a small rolled hem, which gave them a small white border, and also because of the stretch in the fabric, the edges rippled and curled, so there’s a lovely frilly effect – not always what you want, but I think it worked here. I laid all the pieces out flat and pinned to the wide satin ribbon, sandwiched them in sight some shorter pieces of the other organza ribbons, and then sewed along the bottom. My machine was playing up a bit at that point )needle problems I think), and it all went a bit loopy, but it was fine on the front so I passed it.
Here’s the finished effect – so you can see it’s super pretty and frilly. All the ribbons can be removed if needed, and the straps shortened, so it should be good for a few years of dress-up. It just needs some wings! (I’m forcing mini in to those if it kills me!). Unfortunately, the little girl I made it for is totally OVAH fairies and is on to mermaids, so maybe I’ll have to exchange it for this:
Whoops, did I just post that? Hey – if I just happen to make a blue floor-length twinkly gown, its totally a coincidence, and totally for my own personal use, mmmkay?
Speak soon, happy sewing