Monday, May 17, 2010

At the end of the day...

When Jane picked out her packet of Anna Maria fabric, Ruby picked out this "Glam Garden" print by Josephine Kimbeling for Robert Kaufman (I'll let you have the fun of googling that one yourself).  I promised both the girls that if they would pick a fabric we both liked, I'd sew them each a new dress. 

Though I feel bad that it took me so long to get to this point, I'm happy to say I've now fully lived up to my side of the deal!  This cute little sundress is McCall's pattern M5836.  What I was most excited about was the fact that it only had 5 pieces to cut out!  I hate cutting!!  What I am least excited about, is that the size 4 is still a bit boxy.  Also, I put the pleates in as per the instructions, but now that I'm looking at it, I'm wondering if a simple gathring stitch wouldn't have been a bit cuter?  I know I'm being extra critical, but that's the way it always goes.  To fix the fit a bit, I did pull out the strapes and cut them off by about an inch and a half.  I liked the way that pulled the neckline up higher.  I would have Ruby model, but she's a bit under the weather right now.  What I do love is the ruffled bottom hem. That's why I decided to make the pattern after all.  All, in all, the pattern is useful.  Just be warned to make it smaller than you would imagine!  Other than that, I think this pattern does delivers a pretty excellent summer sundress! 

And finally, over on my own blog today, I'm having a little give away for a banner, that I learned how to make from our very own Banner Queen herself!  I'd love to give it to you, so if you're interested, head on over to the other blog and leave a comment.  Who doesn't have something to celebrate in life, and what better way to make it an occasion, than with a fabric banner!! 


Liz said...

Love the dress and the banner! I actually had to go back and do a double take on the dress to see the pleats. I assumed it was a gathering stitch.

I think what I love best is the professional white background used for the dress. You are really stepping things up a notch!!

Annee said...

Liz, I am always trying to step things up a notch. I don't call myself a two/three scissor sewer for nothing.

You like the white background? Get ready for more":)

Besides, I decided to find a reason to like the fact that my walls are white, rather than hate them every single day.

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