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.Â She also added a file to the group files. Â 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.Â 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.Â I purchased these books and am so glad to have them.
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.
I started with a Simplicity pattern but wish I had found one without a yoke. NOTE:Â CC Eleanor would have been perfect if it had been available at the time. Â It left precious little room for the applique’ and I doubt the rick rack would have fit even if I had thought about it.Â Also, I find the separation of bodice to skirt distracting, even with the coordinating lime green whipstitch piping.Â Oh well.
The doll dress was just as much fun, as I learned a few things about working in miniature.
Kari often uses ribbon trim made from her Whimsy Sticks to outline the spaghetti bias. Â 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.
Instead, the doll dress applique’s were outlined with baby rick rack which I did have on hand.Â 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.
SoÂ this is what I have done for fun.Â What are you up to?Â Easter sewing updates?Â I’ll post mine when they are finished.