The back story:
Last month, I entered a contest with my favorite online fabric store, Treasure Bay, and one a fabulous selection of Anna Maria Horner fat quarters. I won seven fat quarters from her Innocent Crush (woven) collection. When it arrived, my three year old got first pic and chose the blue fabrics as her favorites. I immediately thought of this boring Hanna Anderson Picture of a Great Tee she loves to wear. We have so many of them that I knew it would be ok to turn it into a dress.
I started out by cutting the fat quarters into four inch by 21 inch lengths. After washing, 21 inches is how wide they each were. I made one tier of three, one tier of four, and one tier of five choices. I ruffled and serged all that into a skirt, just as you normally would to make a twirly skirt.
Before I attached it, I had some leftover fabric I wanted to use to decorate the top. This morning, I spent the better part of several hours looking at ruffle tutorial online, read Amy Karol's Bend the Rules Sewing book, took the dog for a walk, and developed the courage to try something new with this top. I made it all up. Forgive me if it looks terrible or makes no sense, but I am going to blame it all on Amy. It is her fault I took a chance and tried something new and different. I used all my creative powers because, in the end, that is what sewing should be about. Amy is right. :)
I make some wee strips of fabric, seams inside, and then put them in the machine to hand ruffle. I wanted them to lay flat on the shirt so I fed a fold into the sewing machine ever inch or so, like so:
I did not use any pins because I couldn't figure out how to do that! I just winged it. Or wung it. Whatever......
Halfway thru, I realized I had made a heart-shaped oval. I was ok with that.
I like the way it looks. It is not perfect but I don't care. If I wanted perfect, I'd be in trouble. Who makes anything perfect anymore?!?!
Next, I attached the skirt and finished it with a rolled edge, now that I have mastered that stitch on my serger, and Voila!
A fresh from the bathtub fashion show. The best part is that it is a super twirly dress!
So, now, go try something new! Be daring! Read an Amy Karol book! Have fun! Isn't that what life is all about?