Monday, October 1, 2012

Puffed sleeves and divine necklines

I wanted to start working with my splatter-paint fabric, but I had promised my daughter a dress out of a certain floral fabric.  It has been sitting in my basement for a while, and I had to finish the flower dress before the coolness of Fall blew in.

This would have been a fairly simple dress had I inserted a zipper in the back, but in an effort to challenge myself, I put the closure in the neckline.  I just tried to copy a dress that my younger daughter has instead of buying a pattern (which I really wish I had once I started).

And, oh my goodness, I felt the hand of God making this neckline, because I really didn't know what I was doing.  I didn't know if it was going to work until the very last stitch came together.  I was honestly shocked that it worked. 

I am fairly confident in my sleeve making, though, so I made her the puffiest sleeves I could.  (She inherited her love of puffed sleeves from Anne of Green Gables).

I need to step it up and purchase some drafting paper and pattern making tools, because I will have to reinvent the wheel if I ever make this dress again.  But now onto simpler designs and splatter-paint fabric...

"I'm so glad that puffed sleeves are still fashionable.  It did seem to me that I'd never get over it if they went out before I had a dress with them.  I'd never have felt quite satisfied..."  - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery


marianna said...

Very cute design. The fabric is lovely .... My daughter loves pink and green together.

Does the neck closure make it easier for the dress to be put on (I often have to ask for help with zips at the back)?

Meredith M Howard said...

I did help her get it on this time, but she could probably do it herself. Yes, there is no way she would be able to zip it up the back by herself.