Dramatic play is so important to children. I can remember making up dresses or clothing out of scraps of fabric, tying or even stapling pieces together. Adults love to play and its good to break free from structure and let the possibilities run wild! You may not make something perfect, but who cares. Perfection can be boring, right…
Often I get out my fabric and lay it around me to try to visualize my next project. At my studio I have tons of little pretty pieces of fabric but none are enough to make an entire dress with. I found a floral that was 1.5 yards and thought I could probably design a simple viking apron dress. I like this concept because it has little waste. Non-traditional of course, life is to short for hand stitching and I love my serger.
I drafted a pattern in my head quickly and started to work. It was going to be an experimental kind of day. Since the print was so busy I did not need to worry about breaking up pieces or doing any extra print matching.
There was absolutely nothing perfect about this.
This is what it looked like once it was cut and the photo to the right was my only waste. I evened up adjoining seams here and made the hemline a little more rounded after the photo.
I wanted my dress to have a wide range of fitting sizes so I added loops with ribbon to the back seams.
To add even more ease I sewed elastic lace to bind the dresses top and made a casing for more elastic to slide through. This did the job of 2 things with only one step. I only had one afternoon to make this all happen.
To see other viking apron dresses I designed a couple of years ago click here. It was a lot more pieces and work.
Behind the Scenes~
My T shirt Quilt class was awesome! Look for another at Rosewood this fall.
Thank you for reading,
Dream it, Sew it!
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