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)
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.
Dotty Ombre (from fabric.com): $12.82
White voile lining (from dharma trading): $9.58
Yellow shirting: $1.95
Invisible zip: $3.55
Pattern: Used before $0
(cost per use $8.05)
Total Cost: $28.76