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baptism dress

my daughter got baptized on sat
(…you can read more about my church here)
and i wanted a white dress……
yeah. easier said than done..
i found all sorts of cute ones..
none white…

(these are found at old navy..banana republic, children’s place, the gap and jcrew)

 and then I did find some white ones i liked….

 but didn’t have an extra $200 to buy them.

 dear j. crew.  do you have any kids? do you know how long a 200 dollar white dress will stay white?
about the same amount of time a $10 white dress would.  sincerely, a real mom.

then i saw all the dresses had a similar theme…
ruffles…
and then i remember the most awesome company…
i contacted them and got me a yard and half of white 2 inch ruffles…
(p.s….look at these other ones i want..so cool)
now..disclaimer:
i am a fly by the edge of my seat sewer.
i don’t really do patterns (although i should)
so this is kinda a random basic tutorial!
took a shirt and used it to cut a copy around it
(ruffle fabric has stretch to it…so i didn’t put in a zipper…or buttons. it can be pulled right over her head)

i connected the top and the sides..(see the pins) and now…her’s another advantage of ruffle fabric…no fraying. that’s right. i did not finish around the collar or the arm holes!

I took a big huge rectangle for the bottom..ran a large stitch (without backstitching) and then pulled it to gather it (and are you ready for the awesomeness of ruffle fabric number 3…it gathers so easy…best material)

then i pinned the bottom to the top

a word of advice: when sewing with ruffle fabric…you have to make sure all the ruffles are pointing in the same direction…

I took some satin fabric…and added it around the middle over the seam

I also made some satin binding around the collar…and a big satin bow….

for the back: I only sewed about 8 inches down…

then i took some white cotton fabric…and made a tube…(make sure it’s a little bit shorter than the dress)

then i took some tulle (it’s stiffer than normal tulle) cut off a 14 in piece (this is doubled)

folded it over

and added a loose stitch and gathered it…

then i just sewed it onto the cotton…

i added a few more layers and cut the tulle a little bit shorter each time..

after i got them all sewed on…

I added some elastic and sewed it onto the dress…

and now for the finished product:

oh..and i might have forgotten to mention that i made some flowers and ahem…hot glued them to the dress…..

you betcha that i told everyone i sewed all those ruffles on by hand.

make sure to check out ruffle fabric!it’s one of my favoritest things ever!

About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.