Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Fourth of July Dress

I whipped up this dress just in time to wear to Fourth of July festivities. I bought one of those pre-shirred knit fabric pieces at Joann on sale a few weeks ago. After sewing up the side seam (the only seam really required for this dress - cay you say EASY!), it was way too long for my liking. I cut off at least a foot of fabric. I used the extra fabric to make a ruffle at the bottom to match the ruffle at the top. I also added some halter ties so I wouldn't have to worry about slippage. Joann still had some on sale for less than $7 this past weekend, in case you want one of your own. I bought another one in pink to whip up later. I'm going on vacation at the end of the summer and these will be perfect to throw in the suitcase.

11 comments:

Kathy said...

Gorgeous color! I love the dress. :) And what a creative and flirty way to finish the hem. Much better than a strait hem. This would have cost big bucks at a place like Anthropology!

erin said...

i continue to be impressed with your clothes-making abilities. everytime i see you at work now i'll wonder, "hmm...wonder if she made that dress."

muralimanohar said...

Very cute! I keep thinking I should try something like that for me, but I think I will end up looking like a sausage casing, thanks to my postbaby tummy. :( Looks super cute on your dress form, though! lol

Geek+Nerd said...

Oh man, I just wrote an ode to these over at my blog. I've made two and I've got two more waiting to be seamed up. They're my new summer uniform!

Mama de Saga said...

I think the ruffle really makes the dress. Great job!

maria said...

Hi I also particularly like the ruffle. It's is lovely dress.
I've just posted a picture on my blog of my Amy Butler "Anna" tunic which I was inspired to make when I saw yours.
Congratulations for winning the competition on the u-handblog with your tunic.

Anonymous said...

I love it. Looks like it will be flattering as well. Did you know that you can do the shirring yourself. I found a tutorial at http://houseonhillroad.typepad.com/photos/sunny_day/

lucky knitter said...

Oh I love all the projects your been making. Beautiful! The pear fabric is so fun.

sewstylish said...

I made the same dress up in black. Except I didn't do the ruffle bottom. I like that. I had my strap come up from the front middle too. But it's so comfy I can wear it to the pool,on the boat, or out shopping.

Kloth & Bolt said...

This dress is adorable, I love the addition of the ruffle on the bottom! -kb

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

This is one of the best looking shirred top dresses I've seen! I love the additional features...ruffle at the hemline and ties at the neckline! I hope you had a great time wearing this...