Every girl knows that a special day requires the perfect outfit. This fun little dress helped make a seventh birthday party special for a friend’s little girl.
Her mom sent me a picture of what she liked and what she was looking for and I got to work.
After having so much fun shirring my daughter’s Christening gown, I was thrilled to shirr again! I added a piece of half-inch elastic at the very top for a little added snugness to help the dress stay in place.
The body of the dress was created with long rectangles of fabric. I used this awesome tutorial to help me with my math (because it’s not my best subject). To gather the fabric quickly and easily, I used this sewing-life-changing technique that I’ve talked about before. It’s a very easy dress to make!
My favorite part was, of course, picking the fabric! I love color, I love prints, and I’ve been fiending to do a rainbow dress, so I was THRILLED to get this project. The mom, Amanda (a friend from high school) wanted the colors to go in the same order as a real rainbow and omitted the indigo color so that the decorations, invitations, and dress would be coordinated.
Choosing the fabric was an extremely enjoyable challenge. It seriously took me about a half-hour just to decide on the blue! This wasn’t a simple choice because I wanted to make sure all the colors complemented one another–no one wants to look like a clown (well, maybe, but that’s a whole other story…)! In addition to just worrying about coordinating colors, I wanted to coordinate prints as well.
|The yellow fabric has dragonflies, the orange fabric has swirls and dots, and the red is obviously polka dots (and I just loooooooove me just some polka dots)|
|The purple fabric has flowers and butterflies, the blue fabric has hearts, and the green has two-tone stripes. I was very excited to find this green because it really helped to give the dress a vertical flow because of direction of the stripes.|
I am so thrilled with how the dress turned out! The ENTIRE TIME I couldn’t help by reminisce about my childhood love for Rainbow Brite ;). I am going to have to make another one for The Robug :). I’d love to see pictures if anyone makes one of their own! Have fun!!!