Monday, May 7, 2012

Sewing season continues

I finished this dress over the weekend...

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I used the feliz dress pattern but I made some adjustments so that it is only a single layer and fits my skinny minis better.

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I should have shortened the shoulder straps (and I will on the next one).

Here's a close up of the back and my adjustments.  I used elastic cording to hold the tie straps in place.

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Okay, these next photos flopped because the sun came out but I had to post them because they are hysterical.  Allie ran outside with us, saying that she would help out.


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40 comments:

Tracey's Life said...

Wow that dress is beautiful, I think it is one of your best,

Melissa said...

Once again, I love the ruffles. I think ruffles make everything better.

Tara said...

Ruffles definitely make everything better! Well said.

Tina said...

Where do you get your patterns from? I don't sew, but my Mom does, and I would love for her to make some of these adorable dresses for my daughters!

Stef said...

I love Pascal's appearance in the photos :) The dresses are turning out adorable! What talent you have!

Hope's Mama said...

Ok I'm going to need to order some clothes off you!
Loving that I finally have a little girl to dress up like this.
xo

Michelle said...

Beautiful dress! Please tell me sewing is easy and I should get into it!!

Anonymous said...

You are really good at sewing and the dress patterns are adorable!! I don't know how much I care for the character prints... they are quite tacky. Do you only use those because the girls like them?

Anonymous said...

WOW, Anonymous!! Didn't your mama teach you that if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all?!

This is a gorgeous dress...agree w/comment above it's best so far. SO adorable!

Anonymous said...

Seriously your girls will treasure these my grandma used to make all our holiday dresses and lots of clothes and I remember picking out fabric and patterns with. I miss her so much and hope if I have girls someday I can do the same for them :)

Sherry said...

Gorgeous dress!

Kari said...

Definitely my favorite! Adorable!

Sarah said...

Thank you!!!

Anon @8:13 - Have you met my kids? or any other 5 year olds? The tackier the better. This dress is for a day at Magic Kingdom and lunch with Pooh and friends so although character fabric is not at the top of my list of favorites, it would seem pointless to use fabric that wasn't themed.

Michelle said...

My girls are 5 (in June) and 3 1/2. They would LOVE the character dresses! They are perfect for your trip.

Multiples Mom said...

The dress is adorable and she looks so proud wearing it.

: 0 ) Theresa

Anonymous said...

I have not commented in forever but so enjoy reading about you girls :-) Your sewing skills are just amazing!
Wanted to comment about Anna's narrow feet - have you tried Clark's for shoes? A physiatrist recommended them for one of my ID twins. They do come in narrow widths. You can order them from online shoe retailers, but I had the best experience when visiting the store to have them measure.
-Jan

Anonymous said...

I think you are really talented at dress making! I love this dress but I do have to say that the fabric pattern choices are always so cheesy looking, like nurses scrubs or something.

Sarah said...

Jan - Thanks for the heads up on Clark's shoes. I didn't know that they had narrow widths. The problem now is that she wants to wear the same shoes as her sisters (and I can't blame her) but it's good to know that we have that option.

Anon @ 6:28 - The fabric patterns are ALWAYS so cheesy looking? That's a nice comment. Thank you. Do you have children? Do you allow them to pick their own clothing? b/c you know, life is short and if it makes them happy - well, then, cheesy it is! Have a wonderful evening.

Anonymous said...

So sensitive. Just making a comment.

Jennifer said...
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Anonymous said...

The dress is beautiful!!!! So much fun!! I wish I could make one :) Thanks for sharing.

~Jennifer

Anonymous said...

I love that you make dresses that your girls want to wear, not necessarily what an adult would pick out for them. It's clear from their faces how much they love the dresses, and that's because they have a voice in the process (and because you're so talented at making them, of course). What a perfect dress for lunch at the Crystal Palace!

Debbie Hein said...

All of your girls will just shine during their Disney trip. I will keep my eye out for three little pretties this summer...lol.
Seriously, my granddaughter, Bailey, who turned 5 in Jan. would be dancing in the street in that dress. I will have to think about these dresses for her next trip with us. Right now she wants me to make her a "Mary Poppins" Jolly Holiday dress. You haven't made one of those have you?

Stef said...

My two and a half year old wanted to leave the house the other day wearing a piled high birthday cake hat, 4th of july sunglasses, mardi gras beads while toting a plastic toy case filled with a barbie wallet, pirate coins, more mardi gras beads...and don't forget the princess shoes to go to gym class.
And if I can convince her to wear a matching outfit my day is made! Your dresses are adorable and ideal for Disney. I wish I had an ounce of your sewing talent :)

Anonymous said...

To the fabric haters - did you know you can criticize without being rude? Why not merely say that the fabric is "not your style" instead of calling it "cheesy" or "tacky"? I don't think Sarah expects everyone to agree with her 100%, but life is too short to be mean, people.

Sarah - I will say that the fabric is not my style but your dresses are absolutely perfect for your girls and you are super talented. Congrats!

Adi Castillo Misigoy said...

I love the dress! So pretty, light and airy! I love the fabric, super cute! I live the Feliz pattern, never thought to make it a single layer, that's just genius! It also makes it cooler for those hot summer days at WDW!

Adi Castillo Misigoy said...

Love not live

And clearly those critiquing aren't considering:

1- Where it will be worn
2- Who is wearing it
3- Children love characters and don't care about having designer fabrics

Anonymous said...

Great dresses on adorable models!

Pity that some people have so little in their lives that they need to put down dresses for children sewn by their mama! I think they are the absolute perfect choice for kids!

Shannon said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the dress, the fabric choice, and the beautiful smile on your daughter's face!!! The fabric/dress are perfect for WDW!!!! I pray you guys have an absolute blast!!!

The Mason said...

Beautiful! Perfect for CP!

Alicia said...

Oh SOOO stinkin cute!! I love it!! I have yet to try the Feliz. My daughter is 10 and doesn't much care for a lot of customs anymore... :( I still get away with some. ;) I sew for boys mostly now...

When I first had my daughter (my 1st), I thought character stuff was kinda cheesy...NOT TACKY (just plain RUDE BTW!). Now I RELISH them! Funny how that happens! lol!! But either way I would NEVER have the audacity to think it OK to post that someone else's beautiful, HARD work was TACKY! I am so sorry for that.

Some people need to take a cue from Thumper's mama and papa, because apparently, their own didn't get through...Sad...truly, for them and their children.

Claire said...

That fabric criticizer HAS to be a troll, right? So bizzare to come to a blog like this and say something like that.

Anyway, as a fellow seamstress - who sews for myself AND my children, I have to say I LOVE the dresses. You're amazingly talented, and your sewing designs are my favorite part of this blog. Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! So, cute! I haven't sewn the Feliz yet, I would love to hear your adjustments!

sally19805 said...

I love the dress, fabric choice and all. I also find it humorous that the "haters" are too chicken to state thier name and have to hade behind "anonymous". Pure jealousy if it's not from a troll.

Sandi said...

This is adorable - and perfect for the wearer! Sorry you have had a couple of people with poor manners posting on your blog!

KC Squared said...

That dress is gorgeous! Way to go!





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desarli said...

Great job Sarah! I have to say this one is my favorite of what you've done so far. My girls would LOVE to wear one of your designs. Perfect to dance in!

Mom of 2 princesses said...

I love this dress! And I love how you tweaked it to make it a lighter dress. The feliz is my all time favorite and that fabric is adorable!

Kate Giovinco Photography said...

Wow the rude comments still shock me. Although I am not a fan of character fabric I am also not a kid. Kids love that stuff. I think the dress is beautiful. And when I have kids someday I will sew them character fabric because I know they will love it. Seriously beautiful job. And I love how proud the girls are of your creations for them.

Jessica said...

You are so talented! I sew for my kids too, and my prissy little girl would adore this dress, especially if I found some Sleeping Beauty fabric. Before I had kids, I swore that I would not put my children in character clothing, but they love them! It makes me happy to see her so happy about a silly princess shirt. And really, isn't that the reason we make frilly, ruffly dresses in crazy fabrics for our girls? To watch them twirl and feel like princesses themselves? I absolutely love seeing what you sew for your girls!