Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Seashore Sundress

I bought this fabric a few years ago and it was my first on-line purchase. It's Ginger Blossom by Sandi Henderson.
Actually, I bought several different fabrics from this line. Today seemed like a perfect day to use up a meter from one of the designs for the Oliver + S Seashore Sundress.  It's size 3.

Now for the notes to myself so I can bang out a few more of these sundresses using some shortcuts.

First, iron on the interfacing pieces and edge finish the front and back facings (pc# 1 & 2).

Next, add piping to the pocket edge (pc# 3), down the sides front panel (pc# 6) and back panel (pc# 7).
NOTE: end the piping just a hair longer than 5/8" from the bottom edge of the front panel. A 5/8" hem is turned up and this allows for easier folding/ironing/stitching later.

Construct pocket as per instructions and trim the inside of the pocket/piping edge and iron.

Stitch in place  pc# 8 pocket over pc# 9 and pc#3 and edge finish.

Gather the pocket/front ruffle section (above photo)  and the back ruffle (pc#4) using zig-zag over crochet cotton. 
Do it on the wrong side of the fabric.

Gather and pin pocket/front ruffle sections to front side panels (pc# 5) and gently pull out the crochet gathering thread while stitching.
Edge finish.

Attach the 2 front side panels to the front panel (pc#6), edge finish the seams.
Then put piping along the top edge.
Attach the front facing (pc#1) and trim the seam allowance.
Turn and press.

Attach the back side panels to the back panel (pc# 7) and edge finish seam allowances.
Then  attach back ruffle (pc# 4) to those 3 pieces and edge finish.
Then attach back facing (pc #2) and trim seams.

Attach the front section  to the  back section.  When edge finishing the side seams, begin at least 5/8" down and trim away excess piping to eliminate bulk from under arm.

 Hand stitch facings to side seams.

Finish hem as per instructions:
Baste 5/8" hem and fold and press along that line.
Fold in raw edge to meet basting stitches creating a hem.

Spend 2 hours looking for appropriate coloured buttons and then give up because you only have 1 of each ... arrrrgh.

Pattern works up quickly and fits perfectly.   And the fabric shown on the cover of this envelope goes on sale in 2 weeks.

 Just what I need.  More fabric!


  1. It's lovely! I adore that line of fabric from Sandi Henderson. I've bookmarked this post for when I make Seashore dress again...those are handy hints.:)

  2. Great tips for shortcuts! Love those.
    Do you have a new puppy? I hope your other dog is okay?
    x N

  3. Puppy is Lucy when both she and I were younger and cuter!

  4. He he-never!
    You look fabulous baby baby!