Ever since I started sewing actual clothes, not even 2 years ago, I have dreamed of a family photo of everyone wearing something made by me. Well this year, I came close. I made everyone’s clothes except for my husbands. I didn’t make him anything partially due to time and partially due to I am not truly sure he would actually appreciate it. He is not really a handmade clothes kind of guy, however he probably still would have worn it to appease me.
My daughter is wearing an Isla Eve dress by the pattern company Snazziedrawers! This is my favorite little girls fancy dress. Its looks really difficult, but it’s not. There are just a lot of little steps, so give yourself some time. I did make some changes to the pattern, I only used power mesh pieces instead of including lace. I purchased my Power Mesh from Miss Nancy. I had this flowy pastel rainbow dress in mind and my vision turned out almost as I imagined. The Bunny is by Sweet Country Designs and the bunny’s dress is my own made up pattern.
For the bodice, I used a thicker dotted Swiss tulle that I purchase at Joann Fabrics on clearance,. It was only $1.50 a yard during 50% off sale! Since this tulle was thicker, I probably could have got away with just one layer instead of two, but we regular tulle, you definitely want the two layers. The skirt and bodice are silk dupioni by Silk Baron, some of the best prices on silk dupioni!
I also used the power mesh scraps for the top tulle Ruffle. I used 5 layers instead of 4 as well. I tried to gather it with regular thread, however the mesh was too strong. I pulled out my upholstery thread and it worked well. The Isla Eve dresses I have made previously with regular tulle gathered fine with just regular thread. I chose power mesh this time, so it would match her skirt perfectly and because power mesh is softer and not as scratchy.
I also used rick rack and ribbon instead making my own bias tape, because, well, I was lazy. LOL! I also used premade bias tape for the neck straps as well.
I cannot say how long exactly it took me to make this, as I only get to sew for my family and me in between my own work orders. It’s a little here and a little there…
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