The white dress

I always loved white summer dresses; so fresh, crisp and breathy.  Unfortunately, it is easy to end up looking  like a runaway bride. Little girls, however, always look adorable.  I also believe white clothes are very practical for kids; there is nothing a little bit of Clorox can’t fix. A while ago I stopped at the garage sale to look for new toys to entertain the kids on a car ride and came across this.

The blouse was in excellent condition. The size, 2XL, gave enough fabric to play with. The fabric was simply divine. It also cost $1.00. Naturally, I had to have it. I knew it would make a perfect summer dress for Ania.

I love the eye let details in the fabric!

To make a pattern I simply traced a t-shirt leaving generous seam allowances, made it slightly A-line, and added extra length.  
I wanted to make sleeves, so I traced the edge of the where the sleeve would go and then made a sleeve following the curve. It was ok, but didn’t stay the way I wanted. So I gathered the ends and made thin strips of bias tape from the sleeve of the blouse to finish the sleeves of the dress.  The neck binding was also cut on bias from the sleeves. I am glad the blouse was big!
I kept the front buttons and added shirring in the back to add more shape to the dress.  I really like the end result, and so does Ania.  It is perfect for hot days of summer!









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  1. I absolutely adore this dress you've made! It's so precious. You're very right in that our little girls can get away with wearing a white dress, but as adults it takes the perfect outfit to be able to pull it off.

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  2. How adorable is this dress! Looks darling and girlie. I'm newly following from the hop. I'd love a visit when you can. Have a great week.

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    1. Thank you. She actually likes to wear it, it doesn't always happen. :)

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  3. WOW, that came out so cute. I LOVE that dress. New follower from Naptime Review.

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  4. What a beautiful dress! How did you do that? I cannot for the life of me sew clothing...

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    1. Thank you. Trust me, if I can do it, anybody can. :) Thanks for visiting.

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  5. Hi! I'm a wew follower from the blog hop! Come over and enter my mega random box giveaway! You could win it for yourself or give it to some else as a gift!

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  6. I can't wait for Christmas! I am asking for a sewing machine so I can start making my own clothes!! what an inspiration! found you on the Nap TIme Review through MMM please visit me at ourlittlebig.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you. My sewing machine was a Christmas present as well. Except, I couldn't wait till Christmas and got it a bit earlier... in July. I think being very pregnant and irritable helped my cause to speed up things.:) Do share your creations! It is so much fun.

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  7. That is SO cute!! It looks so nice and cool, too! I found you via the Mom's Monday Mingle and am happy to be your newest follower! When you get a sec, I'd love a follow back at http://www.two-in-diapers.blogspot.com!

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    1. Thank you. I am following you on Facebook.

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  8. You're right! Such gorgeous fabric - makes for a very pretty dress!


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