Sorry it's been a while. Those of you with kids probably know that some weeks you get to craft, some weeks you do not. Since this blog is just for fun, I only post when I get the chance to craft and lately that has not been happening!
So how many of you have been thinking about Easter? I decided I wanted to make an Easter dress for Evie this year, mainly because I wanted to try my hand at a button down bodice (not an official term...more of a Taylor-ology).
Would you like to make one too?
1 yard of outside fabric
1 yard of lining fabric
3 coordinating buttons
A scrap of fabric for flowers
And the usual sewing stuff (machine, thread, seam ripper etc.)
*We are going to be making buttonholes in this tutorial. Don't be scared! Even manually, they are not that hard! There are tons of Youtube videos that show you how to make a buttonhole on your machine manually if you do not have the settings on your machine. I am going to show you how I do it with my machine so if you have a fairly new one, this will probably apply to you!
Cut out your piece on the fold and use it to trace your back pieces. You may be tempted to just trace a second front piece for the back and cut it in half. DON'T!! Use your front piece but make a separate left and right piece. Your left piece will need to be another inch wider for the buttons.
At this point you should have 1 front piece, 1 back left piece and 1 back right piece.
Now it's time for the buttonholes. Stay with me!
I know this isn't the greatest picture of it but my thumb is on the needle bar. Before you're impressed with me, you should know I looked it up! This is the key to both machine and manual buttonholes. It tells your machine when to stop and go back in the other direction.
Lay down the bodice and trace the sleeve insets to make your sleeves.
Load your elastic thread bobbin into your machine and sew 2 lines down the sleeve to gather it up. Repeat for the other sleeve.
Cut a rectangle twice the width of your bodice top. For example, my bodice was 12 inches wide so I cut a rectangle about 24 inches long and 14 inches long. You can make the length whatever you want, but my daughter is tall!
The circles can be any size you want. This was how big mine were.
Decide on the placement of your flower.
Sorry, she's just so cute i couldn't resist! I hope this inspires you to make an Easter dress of your own! Feel free to add or subtract however you want and make it your own! I'd love to see it if you make one!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an awesome day!
I'm linking up to Tea Rose Home, Kojo Designs and Seamingly Smitten. Go link up your stuff too!