Wrapped Up Dress

This last season, Autie and I were asked to be judges on Project Run & Play.  So fun.
Here is the guest post I did, in case you missed it!
Out of everything I make for my daughter, I find everyday dresses/clothes to be the most rewarding.  Especially when she likes what I make! (Which is hit and miss….)
It is so fun to see the handmade clothes be worn over and over!
For the everyday clothes that I make, I use a lot of knit.  The clothes are more comfortable, and (once you have had practice) easier to make.
Thanks to our blog, last June, I was able to conquer my fear/intimidation with knits with the Three-Part Harmony dress:
I had tried sewing with knit a few times before, and failed every time.  I had NO clue how to sew with them.  Inspired by a cute undershirt I saw, I was able to ease into sewing with knits using a variety of finishing techniques.  I also bought a serger, a Brother 1034D off of Amazon for less than $200!  It works like a champ and really helped me get over my issues.  Now I use both my machine and serger for each design I sew.
(Update…the presser foot arm broke on that machine, and would have cost almost as much to fix it as a new one, so I bought a Juki MO-644D and love it!)
Once I successfully completed a project with knit, there was no stopping!  Autie joined in the fun too.
Here are some of the fun sportswear pieces we created:
This week’s challenge here on Project Run & Play inspired me to come up with another everyday dress for Emily.
It is inspired by an adult dress I had pinned on Pinterest.
I showed Emily a little sketch of the dress, and let her pick out the fabric (from my stash).
She was very particular.
She wore it to school yesterday, and at the end of the day, when she was getting ready for bed, she said that she wanted to wear this dress every day!  That made me feel SO good.
The other great thing about this dress, is that is a very quick project.  I made it in about 3.5 hours.
I used my Racer Tunic pattern (you can download it there-it’s size 5), and just made a few adjustments.
Here is how to make one:
1 yard knit fabric for dress
1/3 yard accent fabric
elastic trim or knit binding for neck and sleeves (or you can just hem)
Then you just need to hem the bottom, and finish the neck and armhole.  I folded them under 1/4″ and ironed them, and finished them with cute elastic trim that I stretched while sewing on.

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