Whimsy Dresses

Since renowned sewing expert, dear friend, and Children’s Corner pattern designer Lezette Thomason posted a comment on the Sew Classic facebook group about this dress, it seemed timely to rerun this again.  She also added a file to the group files.   If you are a member of that wonderfully helpful group, which discusses exclusively Children’s Corner patterns, you might want to check it out.~~~~~~~

I’m still reeling with ideas from Kari Mecca’s classes at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo ’15.  Fortunately, while there I had stocked up on spaghetti bias, so I was ready to go full steam ahead on this dress along with a matching one for an AG doll.

Kari’s books are treasures, so full of patterns and inspiration.  I purchased these books and am so glad to have them.

Sewing with Whimsy by Kari Mecca Paperback (9781878048523)

But back to the first dress she inspired……..

The ladybug button just tickled me. I was especially happy to find a tiny bug button for the doll dress.

sleeve2I started with a Simplicity pattern but wish I had found one without a yoke. NOTE:  CC Eleanor would have been perfect if it had been available at the time.   It left precious little room for the applique’ and I doubt the rick rack would have fit even if I had thought about it.  Also, I find the separation of bodice to skirt distracting, even with the coordinating lime green whipstitch piping.  Oh well.

dress back

I thought  of Elizabeth Travis Johnson’s admonishment to her students to put something interesting on garment backs. So I added a decorative button and an extra one at the bottom of the opening.  The top button should have been moved to the left so the back opening would close properly.

The doll dress was just as much fun, as I learned a few things about working in miniature.

Kit's dress is a little short, but that seems to be the style now.

Kit’s dress is a little short, but that seems to be the style now.

Kari often uses ribbon trim made from her Whimsy Sticks to outline the spaghetti bias.   I had no suitable ribbon (I’ll remedy that soon!) for the girl’s dress but even if I had some on hand, it would have been too large for the doll dress.

doll dress close

Notice that tiny, proportional ladybug button, about half the size of the one on the girl’s dress. It is just the right size.

Instead, the doll dress applique’s were outlined with baby rick rack which I did have on hand.  Hmmm…woulda shoulda coulda used rick rack on the girl dress, which I did have on hand, but that idea came toooo late. Next time, I’ll do that.

The doll size was a bit small for applique leaves, so I just fray-checked the ends of baby rick rack and made them into leaves.

doll dress sleeve 2

So  this is what I have done for fun.  What are you up to?  Easter sewing updates?  I’ll post mine when they are finished.




12 responses to “Whimsy Dresses

  1. Absolutely adorable!!!! I think the yoke adds contrast and interest that would have been lost otherwise.

  2. Nana, the more I look at the yoke separation, the more I agree with you. I think it annoyed me because I had to be so careful with selection and placement of the design. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Love the dress and Kit’s also. Hi-5 to Robert & his solution. There’s hope for him as an adult man!

  4. Beckie, thanks for looking at these fun projects. Robert is a non-stop whirlwind of delight. We’re crazy about him and his witty remarks.

  5. from SewForum: Janice, you have certainly had a lot of fun with Kari’s techniques! How precious and adorable this little dress is for Kit!! I have both of Kari’s books, but have only done a handful of projects using spaghetti bias. I saw her tip on Facebook yesterday to help tame the inner circle on the loops of bias. Looks like you figured that out on your own! So glad you enjoyed the class!!

  6. Jerry, I have had fun! But I did not figure out the smoothing of the inner circle on tight curves until I saw Kari’s tip. There are some puckers on the dresses–the tip came a few days too late! But now I know. Hurrah! I am crazy for Kari’s designs and the spaghetti bias.

  7. from MArtha Pullen Forum: You’re a braver woman than I!!

    Both dresses are so cute! Love the ladybug buttons, too!

  8. from Martha Pullen Forum: So cute! I love this little doll dress.

  9. Love them both! I’m with the first commenter: I like the yoke. And I didn’t get around to saying anything the other day, but my kids would have gone gaga over that Pokemon sewing!! Great job!

  10. Thanks, Jo, now I’m glad the pattern included the yoke. Funny how a mind can be set on one thing, i.e. no yoke, and then when forced into another option decide that it is the better choice. Of course, that came only with time and comments by Nana and you! Thanks!

  11. Adorable dress! Looks like a lot of fun to create! I love the matching doll’s dress…

  12. Connie, this really was fun. I plan to make more garments using the spaghetti applique technique.

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