Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dotty Ombre Fairy Tale Dress

Just like the other fabric from this line begged to be made into a Seashore Dress, when I looked at the Dotty Ombre I couldn't visualize anything but a Fairy Tale Dress.

Even though I've made this before, I underestimated the amount of time it would take and was still handsewing the day we before we left for a vacation in Cuba.  I somehow managed to get it finished, though -- minus the bow (but don't tell my daughter, she hasn't notice it missing!).  Little did I know that I could have gotten away with packing the dress, her bathing suit and not much else -- she loved it!  It became her sit-down-for-dinner-dress (as opposed to the much more casual line-up-for-the-buffet outfits) and she wore it to every a la carte dinner we went to.  (And somehow managed to keep it clean, hehehe!)


The fabric is Dotty Ombre from the Simply Color line from Moda.  It's got a nice weight to it -- it's a little heavier and sturdier than some of quilting cottons but still soft.  I lined the dress (plus the sleeves and collar) with a lightweight white voile and this time around, added the tulle between the lining and the skirt.  It gives it some nice poof. 

I really wanted to do the piping and band in a bold colour like orange but was outvoted 2-1.  My girl is fairly conservative, as is my husband.  I am pleased with the yellow, though.  I think it adds just enough interest and sweetness.  And has the added bonus of not drawing your attention to the areas where the piping isn't quite as neat as it could be :P. 

(she lost a tooth while we were away so wanted to show off her new"grin)

This is a size 6 with a size 8 length in the bodice for my tall 7 year old.  The only change I made was to eliminate the side seams in the skirt.  The pattern on this fabric is railroaded so I cut a length equal to the size of the front and back pieces and only have one seam at the back. 

But then I did a bad thing -- I left the selvedge on when I folded it under to hem it, I'm suspecting that's why the hem is looking a little dodgy even though I handstitched it.  My girl likes the length (and is growing like a weed) so I'm just going to leave it.  But before it gets passed down, I may fix that and also cut off the two rows of white dots at the bottom.  I debated about leaving them and now have decided I really don't like how it looks.

Fabric:
Dotty Ombre (from fabric.com): $12.82
White voile lining (from dharma trading): $9.58
Tulle: $0.86
Yellow shirting: $1.95
Invisible zip: $3.55

Pattern: Used before $0
(cost per use $8.05)

Total Cost: $28.76

14 comments:

  1. This is an amazing dress,the fabric is spectacular and the piping is bold but not too much.
    I would be so proud to gave designed this combo!

    I do agree about the bottom row of dots,it looks great as is but I love the randomness of the floating dots.
    Gorgeous
    10/10
    xx N

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    1. aww, thanks! yeah, the bottom rows have to go before it gets passed down. J. wants no changes made while she's in possession of it!!

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    2. I hope I didn't sound obnoxious?
      I seriously love whet you did here!
      xx N

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    3. oh my goodness, no you didn't sound obnoxious! :)

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  2. Adore this! I've been eyeing that fabric for something like this. Fantastic!

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    1. thanks! I love this fabric. I still have some left so have to find another pattern that will do it justice!

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  3. This is gorgeous - I love the yellow with it.

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    1. thanks! I don't say it often but I think my husband was right about the yellow ;). It doesn't detract from the classic lines of the pattern.

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  4. This is so beautiful! And it looks just perfect for a Cuban holiday. Excellent work! And I sort of like the hem - it is unexpected without being flashy.

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    1. thank-you! We'll see about the hem, I'm not sure that part was even meant to be used or should have been considered part of the selvedge? It's there to stay for the time being anyway!!

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  5. really beautiful dress! And the yellow piping is perfect!

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    1. thank-you! J. agrees -- she insisted on wearing t to school today, snow pants and all.

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