Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Easy Knit Dress

Once I figured out how to shir I fell in love with how easy it was. I had made a couple dresses for Izzie using woven fabrics, and it dawned on me that shirring on knits would be a quick and easy way to get some practice in on the fabric that has scared me for so long! (have I shared how I sewed right through my finger the first time I tried to use knits? Not pretty, and it kept me from attempting knits again for over 3 years!) I am really happy I tried it because my girl LOVES this dress!

All I did was cut one piece of knit 1 1/2 times the width of her chest then shirred 7 lines about 1/2 in apart. I added a ruffle strip to the bottom then took 2 long strips and pulled them at each end (to make them curl up) for the straps. I didn't bother hemming since knit won't fray and the dress was meant to be easy!

It literally took me 30 minutes start to finish. Of course, since it's pink, she absolutely loves it! It's perfect for the hot, hot summer we've been having and she wears it at least once a week. I'm so glad I decided to conquer my fear of knits...and so is Isabel!

I've been having lots of fun sewing clothes for my kids this summer, but it's time to start getting back to business! I've been buying new fall fabrics and working on some new bag designs for a fall line, so to speak. I seem to be in love with grey, lol, as I noticed that almost 75% of the fabric I've bought lately has grey in it! Over the next month I'm going to work on getting ready for fall and will share my new bags once they are all completed. Until then I have more fun clothes I've made for my kiddos that I'll post. Hope you are enjoying your summer!!