Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The dress is complete!

The Summer Sundress is finished! I'll show a few details here, and tomorrow or the next day I will post pictures of Emily wearing the dress.

The placket turned out fine, thanks to Summerset's tutorial and Goosegirl's suggestion to cut the placket on the bias and use Fraycheck at the point.

~the placket from the inside~

Well, I just could not decide whether to add a green band to the bottom of the dress or not. I liked it both ways. So instead, I added a 1" band of green, inserted 2 inches up from the hem. I love the way this turned out.

~green band inserted into the skirt~

The dress is fully lined with white batiste. The dotted Swiss fashion fabric is somewhat sheer, and with the lining there will be no need for Emily to wear a slip. The dress has its own built-in (rather, sewn-in) petticoat.

~the inside of the dress~

This dress is quite full---just think of the twirling that Emily will be able to do in this dress! I didn't use the skirt pattern piece since it is just a rectangle. Instead I just cut a rectangle using the full width of the fabric, assuming it was 45" wide. I was wrong--the fabric was approx. 58-60" wide because the skirt measures at a whopping 114" wide! A lot of twirling potential!

~full skirt~

The dress looks lovely on Emily, and I can't wait to take pictures tomorrow.

Okay, I'm off to practice my oboe---band concert on Thursday in Edmond. If you're in the area, it's going to be a fun concert of patriotic music and free watermelon and icecream afterwards.



  1. Glad the tutorial worked - the placket looks great! I love the green band at the bottom - a very good compromise to either look.

  2. Adorable! Can't wait to see the dress on Emily!

  3. It's so cute, and thank you for the link to the placket tutorial- I have such trouble with those!

  4. It's very beautiful, amazing actually.

    I just posted a couple of sundresses I made for daughter; although not quite as intricate in design. Cute though.


  5. Beautiful! Can't wait to see it in action.

  6. Oh it is so lovely!! I am glad the placket worked out. It looks perfect. I can't wait to see it modeled. Good job mama!

    I am off now to Summerset's tutorial.


  7. It looks beautiful. I love the colours you've used. Can't wait to see it twirling.

  8. Thats really looks lovely.

  9. The dress is absolutely wonderful. Emily will look like a blue flower fairy in it.:)

  10. Ah Ruth, I knew someone would come along and help you out with the placket and it would be fine. The dress even looks fabulous inside out. I can't sew apparel to save my life, so I am in complete awe of your work....and the twirling power, your daughter is going to have lotsa twirling time. That was one of my fave things to do to see if the dress I liked made the cut.

  11. Beautiful! Just beautiful!

  12. Beautiful! I especially love the green insertion.

  13. AnonymousJune 24, 2009

    Cute colors, very summery!

  14. What a beautiful dress! The twirlier, the better in my house!