Ok, really bad pun but I have been in sewing world for about a week. I love making special dresses for my girls but don't have a ton of time to do it. I also love to procrastinate so everything gets done at the last minute. Personally, I think I do my best work that way! Anyway, I am using a great, simple pattern from Carla C at youcanmakethis.com. Her directions are so easy to follow and the outfits are easy to put together. I am making a simple jumper with ruffle. Elizabeth's dress is done. It is a bodice and ruffle of white fabric with tiny red dots. The skirt is red fabric with tons of cute little Santa's all over. E requested Santa's and red is definitely her color! I was on such a roll that I didn't measure out the length of the skirt like I was supposed to so she have a very long, flowey. Luckily, she LOVES it long. She will wear it tomorrow in the school Christmas program. Even though it was 70 degrees today, she will wear a plain white shirt under it.
I am now assembling Katherine's dress. Her dress will have a lime green bodice and ruffle with tiny white dots. The skirt is white with different sized dots that are red, lime, and kelly green. I was lucky to find fabric exactly as she described she wanted. I am going to leave the skirt long to match her sister's. Plus, K said she liked the idea of the long, princess-type dress.
I have made enough dresses to know I hate gathering. It is too time consuming and a pain. But, I have daughters and all the cute dresses have gathers or ruffles or both. Today, I found a gathering foot for my sewing machine for an awesome price (1 cent plus shipping!) so I ordered it. I won't get it in time for this dress, but will have it for Easter. So exciting!