Look who showed up at the shop today sporting a new dress...
...Of course handmade by her Mama, Francesca, who followed the pattern for the smocked sundress in the Weekend Sewing book by Heather Ross.
I saw Heather Ross on Martha Stewart last summer and she demo'd how to make the dress.
Even though it was my day off and I have no babies of my own (despite my father's desperate and constant pleas for a grandchild), I ran over to the shop and grabbed some fabric and whipped one up.
It is very easy to make: all you need is some fabric and some elastic thread and the book, or you can find the directions for free here.
But while free directions are all well and good, I must tell you that I love, love, love the Weekend Sewing book.
I never tire of it... and now the book is Francesca approved as well.
(They should have called it nap-time sewing!)
And speaking of things I never tire of, I am always so happy to see cute little girls in handmade outfits come through the door (especially this one).
Hopefully Olive never gets tired of the squeezes.
Great job (again) Francesca!
HI Rhea...last June at my granddaughters 5th b'day party I made this dress for all the attendees. I prep the cloth by sewing a long lenght of the gathered top and then just fitted a length to each little girl, cut and sewed the back. Then added ribbon for the shoulders. They looked so cute and they all love it.
This is just so cute and I can't wait to try it for myself. Will be buying some fabric to make this for my two great neices.
Anonymous-that's a great idea with the ribbon, I plan on using it for the straps on the next dress.
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