Sunday, February 8, 2009

Weekend Project: A Princess

The prime purpose of being four is to enjoy being four -
of secondary importance is to prepare for being five.
-Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook, 1985

Mariana's princess dress is finished!

It was a pretty routine pattern. The only interesting thing about it was that I used a number of seam treatments in an attempt to minimize the fraying.

Depending on the location of the seam, I either used a zig zag stitch, like this (beneath the zipper gap on the lining):

or a Hong Kong finish, like this (beneath the zipper):

or a French seam, like this (most other seams):

She doesn't talk much around me, but I think she really like her new princess dress! :)

Next up, my serger and I have an "appointment" with some bright pink spandex! Who shall emerge victorious? Only time will tell! ;)


Anonymous said...

Awww! Well done with such a difficult fabric - and good luck with the upcoming wrestling with the serger!

SunnyQ said...

Mariana looks BEAUTIFUL in the dress!! Great job Gwen! :) Have fun with the neon spandex and the serger, too - can't wait to hear about that!! :-)

Summerset said...

Aw, she is so pretty! You've done a great job and making her a true princess.

AmeliaSews said...

She really looks the part of the princess! What a wonderful job and isn't it always nice to know that something is well constructed - even if it is just 'play clothes'?

Becky said...

Lovely! And best of luck beating that pink spandex into submission!

wendy said...

Soooo adorable! I love the bodice band detail, it looks really princessy and gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

You did a wonderful job, the dress looks beautiful!

Christine said...

That is one fantastic princess dress!

I have to say, if you're going to be working with spandex, what better color than neon pink? :)

Anonymous said...

What a great dress! She looks like she's afraid you want it off her now, and that's the best compliment!

kasizzle said...

Adorable dress! I bet she is thrilled.