Memorial day always marks the beginning of summer for me. As a kid, that’s when school got out and summer holidays began. I feel much the same about it today. So, this past weekend I had cleaned up in my sewing room and was ready to start.
I began by finishing up a skirt that I’d started quite some time ago. When I brought it over to try on the girls, Eva asked if I would make her a dress. 😊 She told me her favorite color was turquoise. As it happens, I had turquoise fabric on the cutting table and a plan for it already!!! So, I started on the turquoise dress when I got home.
My inspiration for the dress was this little Lilly Pulitzer dress that Ella wore when she was 2 years old. I adore the style!
I had to do some figuring out on this! Thankfully, all the girls wear a size 6 – Ella’s just needs extra length since she’s 9 years old. Whew! Only one draft needed. I wanted to copy all of the elements of the dress, down to the scalloped pockets and the zipper in the back. The zipper was installed like they do in mass produced garments – it is encased in the neckline as well as both the lining and the dress seams of the zipper are sewn by machine. It’s a nice, clean finish.
I’ve managed to make it work – x3. That said, I have to do some more thinking on the steps in construction. I still don’t have it working as easily as I’d like. There has to be a better way.
By the end of the day yesterday, I had 3 of these finished!!! I have loved this print and been saving it for the right dress. I loved this fabric so much, that I purchased in in all 3 color ways – turquoise, pink & lime green. I’ve already made dresses in the other colors.
The fabric is wonderful – it’s a lightweight denim that it poly/cotton – so, no wrinkles and no ironing needed!!! I know that will be appreciated! What doesn’t show up in the pictures is that the center of the palm trees has silver sparkles. The girls will love the sparkles!!!
I did managed to put the zipper in production style and am quite pleased with the way that it turned out.
I’ll be doing a little more math to get the lap slightly narrower. Overall, I’m very happy with it.
My favorite part of this dress is the pockets. I chose to pipe them rather than have a band of fabric like the Lilly dress features.
I used a monogram in the same hot pink color. I like this monogram font so much, I’ve bought the identical font from 2 different sources. It is either Fancy Monogram 1Font from Embroitique or it is Elegant Font from Applique Corner. I’m not exactly sure which this one is, but I’ve used both and they both stitch out beautifully!
I decided to scallop the hem of the dress to match the scalloped pockets – that is where I made the dress a bit differently than the sample dress from Lilly. I used the method that I described in an earlier post.
I’ll definitely be making more of these dresses for the girls. Summer is here! School is out at the end of next week, so I’d better hurry!
What does your summer sewing look like?