Well...after I made my daughter's mouse ears I was just going to make a matching shirt...just a shirt. But somehow that led to making a skirt to just a whole dress. I mean...if I am already buying the material...
Sorry there is no tutorial for this:( My plan kept changing about every five minutes. At one point it ended up in the trash and then I pulled it back out the finish it. Is anyone else an emotional crafter like me?
My original plan was not to have the skirt part in panels, but in one big piece...but after my first plan bombed...I only had scraps left and it didn't sound like to fun to go back to Joanns and get more fabric. So I worked with what I had. I now know how to cut it out of one piece in the future though...so at least I learned a new sewing lesson!
The shoes were old white flats my daughter had. They were a little grungy so I painted them with yellow acrylic paint and then sealed them with Mod Podge. I made bows out of some remaining dress material and glued them on. I have no idea how long they will last...but if they can make it through one day at Disneyland and maybe her birthday...then I am happy!
The back is pretty simple. I didn't want to mess with installing a zipper...so I just cut a slit and then it closes at the top with an eye and hook from an old bra:) Before you throw your bras away...cut those babies out!
Also, I left some straps on the back so I could tie it closed. It wasn't long enough for a bow (again...I didn't want to run out to the store) so this little knot will work just fine:) I also put fray check on the ends of the ribbon so they wouldn't unravel.
The cuffs on the side are satin ribbon ironed in half lengthwise and then I just slipped them over the raw sleeve edges and sewed them on. The ruffle at the bottom is also satin ribbon. I ruffled it on the machine first, then sewed it to the hem of the dress.
This was a very simple dress. I plan on making my daughter another one for church so I will make sure to have a tutorial then:) I can't decide if it needs the "bloomers" underneath. Right now I like it the way it is:) I love how classic it looks without looking "costumey".
1yd red material: $3.50
satin ribbon: $1.00
bias tape: $.90
I already had: the shoes, paint, and hooks
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