So week #1 of my Christmas Crafts challenge is coming to an end and I have actually completed a Christmas gift! Hopefully this momentum will keep up!
For this week’s project, I made a few dresses. One of them went straight to my daughter, but the rest are going to be put away. The one my daughter is wearing in this picture is a long dress, but the majority of the other ones are shorter in length. Even though they are summer dresses, they will still be perfect in the winter with a pair of leggings and a sweater.
Too cute, right?!?!
I am not a person who sews regularly, so I try to keep my sewing projects as easy as possible. I know that there are some crafters that make their own shirred fabric, but I am not that ambitious! I bought several cuts of fabric that already had the shirred bodice. Some of the fabrics even come hemmed too! Here are the steps I took to create the dress:
1. First, I pinned the fabric around my daughter to size it. Then I sewed down the edge of the fabric. My daughter has a little curvy figure so I made sure that I did not sew a straight line down the dress.
I had a lot of excess fabric because I wasn’t sure exactly how much to purchase, but I just cut it off when I was finished sewing.
2. If the fabric needed a hem, I hemmed it. Some of the fabrics already had a hem…those are my favorite!
3. For the straps, I sewed two pieces of ribbon on each side. When she wears the dresses, we tie the straps at the shoulders!
It is really that easy!