I have had this idea for a rainbow dress for a long while now. What do I mean by a rainbow dress? Simply using 3 to 5 colours of ric rac on either a dark or light coloured plain fabric. in this case I choose a navy blue fabric and used green, yellow, blue, white and pink ric rac. I also used green and yellow ric rac on the sleeves.
Used an empire waist top bodice by just measuring and cutting off 1" (one inch) from a normal bodice pattern both front and back.
For the sleeves used a full sleeves pattern and just cut it off at the 3/4 length, used another piece of fabric that was about 3 times the width of sleeves, hemmed it, top stitched the ric rac and joined it to rest of sleeves as a band. this gave the sleeves a 'flare' look
For the skirt simply take a long rectangle fabric, (my girls waist size is 22" so I used 45" for the rectangle i.e double their waist plus seam allowance.) I did two box pleats at the front and two at the back, I then top stitched five rows of ric rac to the dress while still a rectangle leaving some distance (just a design) after the yellow ric rac. some measurements will have to be done to make sure that your ric rac stays on a straight line.
Did you notice the loose thread :) on the ribbon?
|Checking themselves out...|
|Gathered sleeve detail.|
I love making girly dresses and am so blessed to have two girls who are so into dresses.
When does their taste start to change?...
Guess I just have to wait and see.