Deceptive Dots

So I started this lovely dress a month ago. After this success, I thought I could conquer Simplicity 9784 with ease. NOT. In reality, it had nothing to do with the pattern. It was entirely me.
I was trying too many new things: piping inserted on the collar, working with corduroy, adjusting the size since the pattern only went up to 18 mos and I was going for a 2T. Also, I’ve said this before, but I can’t read. After ripping out the same step at least 5 times, I asked Chris what he thought the step was instructing. Duh! I was missing a whole pattern piece and didn’t realize it.
Anyway, I finally finished the dress today and it’s a little short, but it works.

Polka Dot Dress

I found this material at Mill End here in Beaverton and had to have it. I love polka dots!

Polka Dot Dress

The collar was a little tough to sew because I was trying to sew two pieces of thick corduroy with piping inserted along a curve. Curves alone throw me off and adding the other two issues really took some patience. I love the look of piping though and will be trying this again.

Collar

(Sorry to insist, but you gotta see what my little princess wears under such a dress.)

Also, after reading this article, I *really* want to try pleats. Something straight, cotton, tank, square-neck with nice crisp pleats is on my must do list.
But first, I still have to finish Fini’s April b-day presents- yikes. Sorry Fini!

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19 responses to this post.

  1. Looks great and I love the big polka dots!

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  2. Adorable! I love love love corduroy- and autobots too.

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  3. I’ve totally been thinking about piping. You did great!

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  4. That is just too cute for words! Great job.

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  5. Posted by plslade on May 30, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Such a sweet dress! Hey, if it gets too short by the end of the fall, she can wear it with a cute little pair of leggins and add a little cardigan over the top. We’re all about layering and re-wearing our dresses season after season. Good Job.

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  6. As a beginning sewer, I know the feeling. After finishing one project that looks great I am ready to take on the world and then go thru the same “What am I supposed to do” feeling with the next one. The dress turned out great and super cute in spite of all the trouble.

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  7. I love this fabric! and I love what you did with it. I am going to call that store and try to get a yard of it. I love polka dots too!
    Your daughter is beautiful btw.

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  8. i’m not usually a dot fan, but that fabric is great. it definitely goes well with her choice of undershirt 😉
    ~peace.

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  9. It turned out great. Really cute!

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  10. OMG! This is adorable!

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  11. Posted by paperseed on June 5, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Such cuteness!

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  12. Posted by Fini on June 5, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    I never noticed this post up! I love love love this dress. Make one for me-oh-my(amai) please!

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  13. Irene, the dress is so cute! And so is Ms. O. I think you did a fabulous job. I can’t sew curves either but you did a much better job than I ever could.
    -Kathy

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  14. That is just so adorable- and so well made, well done you!

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  15. Posted by wondermommy on June 12, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    That’s a cute dress! You did such a great job.

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  16. That dress is really cute. I love working with corduroy too and I just found a great article on using corduroy at the Threads website,
    http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00229.asp They have some great tips, I especially like the idea of shaving the seams!

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  17. Posted by goodgrac on June 14, 2008 at 7:28 am

    I love that corduroy fabric! And that is a beautiful dress. There’s no way I’m up to piping. Maybe one day, one day …!

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  18. I love this! Cutest dress I’ve seen in a long, long time – that fabric is yummy!

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  19. Gorgeous!

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