Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rapunzel Dress

So here's the outcome of the Rapunzel Dress I made for Caitlin.
Standing in front of a full length mirror, Caitlin examines her image.

This looks good on me.

Then she checked for twirlability.

Twirls okay.

She liked the matching tiara too.  The dress was hit with Caitlin.  And mom likes it too because she can wear it over her regular clothes and pop it off when she eats dinner or goes out in the backyard to play. Apparently, she has been wearing the dress on a daily basis.

Just love my new dress!

I was down to visit the other day and stayed long enough for a spaghetti dinner.  Caitlin told me that she loves spaghetti.  I said, "then why don't you marry it?"
She said "okay", so now I will make a bride dress for her, just like Princess Kate's dress which is what she wants.
Great! Now I can use up all the leftover peau de soie, dupioni and lace I have from various bridesmaids projects.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Sewing again.

I had a request for a Rapunzel outfit from 2 year old Caitlin.  In my stash I found mauvey pink dupioni silk, leftover from a Grade 8 graduation dress I made back in the mid-90's.  Then after a quick trip to Fabricland, I found some mauvey pink cuddle satin, sparkly mauvey pink something-or-other fabric and pink ribbon along with some pink rat-tail cording.

Using Collars Etc. pattern Bodice Dress, I whipped this outfit up in just a few hours.  The left sleeve looks puckered, but it's not. I overlooked fixing it before I took the shot.  Oh well.  And now that I look at the photo again, the hem looks puckered too. 

Based on the dress from Tangled.

On the sleeve, I stitched rows of pink ribbon on the dupioni sleeve portion and inserted both the dupioni and sparkly fabric at the same time.  There isn't any elastic in the dupioni cuff because Caitlin might be wearing a long sleeved t-shirt under the dress when the weather get colder.

For the bodice front, I cut one from cuddle satin and one from dupioni.  Cutting the dupioni portion in half, folding in the edges, I stitched on loops of pink ribbon so the rat-tail cord could be woven through and then basted it to the front cuddle satin piece.

The front skirt is layers of cuddle satin, the sparkly fabric and side front panels and back of dupioni with mauve lace joining the skirt and bodice.  The skirt is long because Caitlin will most likely wear pants under the dress on cold days.

Lastly, I stitched mauve lace along the bottom of the dupioni skirt sections.

As good luck would have it, I found a purple crown although it looks blue in the photo.

So now Caitlin has a fun little dress-up outfit to wear when she's in a Princess mood!

This is first sewing I've done since the ice went out last April.  Now that autumn is in the air and gardening season is just about done,  I'll be reacquainting myself with my machine.  There are lots of projects I have in mind .... right after the falling leaves get raked.