Since Thanksgiving was so late this year, the month of December seemed very short and Christmas Eve arrived in no time at all. I usually make our granddaughters some of their gifts and this year I decided to make dresses that they could wear during the school year, instead of just for the holidays.
After discovering some incredibly soft small wale corduroy fabric, I went in search of patterns that would be suitable for corduroy.
I found an adorable Laura Ashley pattern from McCall’s for Belen and for Eloise, I found a Cynthia Rowley design. The pattern originally had short sleeves; however, I modified it and made long sleeves instead. It will make the dress a lot warmer for Eloise to wear. I used the sleeve pattern from another Simplicity pattern and eased it to fit the ruffled dress pattern.
I decided to make the ruffles for Eloise’s dress out of coordinating corduroy fabric. I thought this would be a fun way add some interest to her dress.
Her pattern had 4 sets of ruffles that encircled the skirt and bodice of her dress so to save time and labor, I used my handy dandy ruffler attachment foot #86 for my Bernina machine. It made it so much easier to create the ruffles.
Here’s a picture of foot #86 in action, ruffling the chevron fabric. It’s fun to watch it work its magic!
Once the ruffles were in attached to the dress, I added the sleeves and Eloise’s dress was complete!
Next, I turned my attention to Belen’s dress and followed the pattern instructions to join the body of the dress to the yoke. I liked how it was coming together, but felt it needed a little punch!
I trimmed away some of the bottom edge fabric around the skirt of the dress and sewed on a pink corduroy border at the hemline, which is one option on the pattern.
I thought it would also be fun to add an embroidery design to the pink yoke of the dress, so after scouring my embroidery folders for just the right design, I stitched a design to the front of the yoke of the dress as shown below. I like how it added a bit of interest to the dress yoke.
Now both dresses were complete! Best of all, the girls were thrilled with their dresses and pleased to model them for me. Of course, they will wear them with cute little tights, and won’t be barefoot as they are in the following pics. They were having a good time posing for these pics as you can see.
In addition to the dresses, I also made some covers for tablets and will share those in a future blog along with a new scalloped placemat pattern.
I hope you had a wonderful holiday as well!