This time I though how fun would it be to sew along with PP&R. With this week theme of polka dot and strips went right along with a dress and sweeter I have wanted to make Sweet pea for some time now that I seen on pintrest. So it is perfect timing to try it!
Here is the original dress. I love the white dress with a little color here and there on it. It looks so light and breezy for late spring. I had to make one too!
I used Oliver + S Bubble dress pattern and for the sweeter I used Oliver + S Apple picking dress pattern. I do believe that I can make anything using these patterns!
After I picked my patterns I had to find the right polka dot fabric and I sure wasn't going to find just what I wanted. So off to Hobby Lobby to find some light weight cotton fabric in white and some fabric markers! They had the perfect colors to make the dots I was looking for too. I had a sweater at home that I was not going to be wearing so I used this to make Sweet pea's.
Making the dots was super easy and fun. I washed the fabric first and cut out all my main pattern pieces before I started on the dots. All I used was the end of a new eraser, I colored it with the fabric marker and stamped the dots on randomly one color at a time. That's it polka dots done!
Now for the "strips" I used my sweater to make her a sweater. (I wasn't going to wear it anyway) To hold the sweater on it has a snap sewn on the inside so that it goes with all her sleeveless dress and tops. I think this would look great with all her Bubble dress!
For her dress I cute two (the length of the fabric) 4" strips and did a narrow hem on all sides. I then tied the bow to see how much of the actual bow strips I would need then I basted them on before I sewn the bodice together. I made the Bubble dress sleeveless instead of it having the little caped sleeves too.
For the skirt of the dress I added 2"s the the front and back skirts and added a 1" to the length for a narrow hem instead of making it a bubble dress. The dress is fully lined too just like the bubble dress.
I am very happy how it came out and so is Sweet pea too. (She thinks that there is nothing that her mama can't make) I see it being used a lot, maybe her Easter dress?
I finished the back of the dress with these perfectly matching buttons from my Aunt Fran. Thank you Aunt Fran!!
Here is a little look at the lining underneath. I use French seams on the skirt to make for a nice finish look. First dress of the new year checked of my list!