Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sweetheart Dress for B

Well, hello! Happy Valentine's Day!!! I have enjoyed my blog break, and will continue to take it slow, as I finish up this 3rd trimester and enter newborn frenzy fun in less than 6 weeks! I sewed B her 2nd hand-made dress ever yesterday, while we were snowed in here in SC! TWO whole days home with the husband afforded me some leisurely sewing and I am SO glad! I've missed it! In the last couple weeks, I've sat down at my sewing machine on at least two different occasions, fiddled around, and then got up, and went to bed! LOL! At least I know my priorities!
In all honestly, I have been secretly working on my dslr MANUAL skills. I have a great ebook giveaway on the horizon for you all! But, before we talk about that, let's discuss this dress for little Miss B!

I used the Sweetheart Pattern by Very Shannon (LuvintheMommyhood), which is obviously perfect for Valentine's Day, due to the adorable heart cut out on the back of the dress!
At first I was SO bummed that it only came in sizes 2T - 6T, but after hearing that it can be hard to get on/off, I decided to give it a try and size down slightly for B (who is more 12 - 18 months size). I actually wish I had not taken 1/2'' off the bodice folds, because I think the 2T bodice would have been easier to get on/off! If you sew this, I recommend going up a size in the bodice, for sure! I also took off 2'' off the width of the skirt rectangle you cut out and took 3'' off the length of the skirt in order to size down for B (based on her measurements). I think leaving the 2T bodice would have been the way to go, since B is growing quickly! SO... if you want to make this for a 1 year old that you know will grow, then I would take that route!
I decided to forego a button and try a ribbon tie, which I thought would be fun! I also added ribbon to the waist, since my fabric choice of a light denim, was rather plain otherwise. To add the ribbon, I simply fed it through the back bodice and pinned, before I sewed around the heart cut out (while your back bodice pieces are right sides together (top two photos below). Then, when you cut from the neckline down to the center of the heart, you have sewn in your ribbon ties.
I also used the wrong side of my denim heart that I cut out from the back and put it on the center front. I topstitched around it twice and thought the frayed look would be cute with denim. It may be a little heart overload, but she's a cute baby! She can pull it off!
I lined it with a simple pink rose fabric (which I forgot to take a photo of with my dslr)! Here is my instagram photo of it.
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It's simple and sweet and allowed me to truly enjoy sewing today! I enjoyed making B a little Valentine's Day dress! I hope you have a great V Day!