on this month.
that I decided to join in the fun
decided to create a Fancy Nancy dress for her, with a tutorial and giveaway for you!
will receive 3 hardback Fancy Nancy books: (Click on them to see the books are about)
2. Post about the giveaway on your blog and comment with the link
3. Facebook or twitter about the giveaway and leave a comment
We will accept entries until April 7th.
Also, for the duration of the giveaway, Childrensbookstore.com has offered to give iCandy
followers a 20% discount at their site! Just use ICANDY promo code at checkout.
And, if you are interested in making your own Fancy Nancy dress, I have a 3-part
tutorial. Part 1 is posted today, Part 2 over the weekend, and Part 3 next week.
Check out these great blogs that I linked up to!
**If you are a beginning sewer, you might have questions. If you do have questions,
feel free to email me and I will answer you as best I can!
Create Your Pattern
1. Find a dress that fits (but not tight) with a simple round neckline. If your dress doesn’t have a round neckline, you can change it to one.
2. Lay some paper (I used a roll of paper from my old fashion design days, but you can use tracing or freezer paper) on top of the bodice of the dress.
3. Trace the neck, starting in the center, then trace the shoulder, and around the armpit seam, down the sides using a ruler, and across the waistline or high waistline, or you can use the bottom of the paper like I did. (For this dress, a short bodice is perfect.) End in the center of the waist-seam.
4. Make a second copy of the bodice pattern, but make the neckline higher, this will be the back bodice pattern. (My back bodice piece is only a half. I originally planned on cutting on the fold, but it turned out, I needed a whole back bodice. So envision this as a whole bodice!)
5. Add a seam allowance to your patterns. (I am so used to a 5/8″ seam allowance, so that is what I used, but many people prefer using 1/2″)
Tiny Cap Sleeve:
1: Measure around the armhole curves, both front and back. Each curve measured 6 1/2″ on mine. So add the two together, which was 13 for me, then add 1 1/2″ to your measurement. My final measurement was 14 1/2″.
2. Draw a straight line on your pattern paper. Make it as long as your final measurement in step 1. So in my case, I drew a line 14 1/2″ (I took the pic before I finished the line btw…)
3. Fold your paper in half, matching line ends.
4. On the half of the paper facing up, using your ruler so each side is equal, make a sort of half-surfboard shape. (Make the sides at the halfway point as wide as you want the cap sleeves plus a seam allowance. I did about 1 1/2″ and so the caps were only about 7/8″ wide.) Then trace this half onto the other side.
First we have to decide how much fabric we need. So lay out your existing dress on top of your fabric to see the length you want. You will need to add about an inch for the hem. Then, for width, you will measure 2x the width of your bodice pattern. I would then cut or tear (my preferred method, which will keep your fabric straight on the grain) 2 rectangles this size.
So now you should have two large rectangles, with fabric left over to cut out your pattern pieces.
(for some reason, my lines look really crooked in this picture, they should go straight down)
Starting at the first yellow line (or whatever color your lines are), (next to the fold) make a crease in the fabric. Stop at the end of the line, do not go all the way to the bottom of the fabric. Take this crease and match it up to the next yellow line, creating your first pleat.
Press the pleat flat, using high heat and steam. Then pin it down. Repeat for all the lines on both sides of the fold. Stop when you get about an inch from the edges.
This is what it will look like when you are done.
When you unfold the fabric, your center will look like this (a box-fold):
Now it is time to sew down your pleats. Line up the side of your sewing machine foot at the edge of the pleat (where it is creased) and sew from the top of the fabric to the bottom of your marked line. Neatly backstitch at the end of your seam. Repeat for all pleats.
Next, cut out your cap sleeve pieces. Obviously, cut two. Again, keep your print straight.
Lay your cut bodice lining piece on top of your pleated rectangle. Match the top of the shoulders to the top of the pleats.
Cut the armholes, the shoulders, and the neckline. Do this for both bodice front and back. Do not cut the pleated fabric at the waistline.
Last, since we aren’t using a printed pattern, you need to true up the sides of the dress. You want the pleated dress front and back sides to match up with the bodice lining sides. Trim as needed, and take it down to the bottom of the pleated piece.
So you should have the following cut out: a bodice front (pleated piece), a bodice back (pleated piece), a bodice lining front, a bodice lining back, and two cap sleeves.
Give yourself a hand for your hard work. Pattern, check! Pleating, check! Cutting, check! Now we gotta get sewing….stay tuned for Part 2!