I almost can't believe it. . . my very first guest blogger ever at
Brown Paper Packages!
And it is none other than Melissa Stramel, from Lilac Lane who is also a contestant on 'So You Think You Can Quilt'. She has a great little pattern makeover for us mommys. We need to look cute, too!
Thanks, Melissa for sharing your great tutorial!
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Hi there! I'm Melissa Ann Stramel from Lilac Lane. I'm just thrilled to be here today (thank you Leisel.) I mean, she let me be in her quilt contest and now she invites me back? Wow! Don't you love this blog? I know I'm quite addicted and can lose hours on this site without even realizing it. If you want to stop by Lilac Lane, I'm always having lots of giveaways and, of course, tutorials.
Lila Tueller has a great little pattern called the Funked Out Peasant Blouse. (Say that one ten times fast.) It's a great pattern and I just love the blouse.
For supplies, you will only need what is required in the pattern. Just add a yard or so extra of the main body color to make it dress length. I can't tell you exactly how much -- I don't know your size!
Turn the pocket inside out, push out the corners with something dullish, like a pencil or a blunt ended pair of scissors. Some people use knitting needles, but I don't knit. Turn the
Fold your skirt in half over the top of both pockets and pin in place from the back. Make sure you only pin through one layer.
The directions are all the same as the top, just a little bit longer. This pattern has so many options. It's easy. I mean it's really easy. It has a side zipper, but I sure didn't need it to get the dress on and off. There's a short and long sleeve option in the pattern. It gives lots of suggestions for personalizing the pattern. Plus there's instructions for optional elastic additions to make it fit a little bit better (I did this.) In all, it took me about three hours. For a perfectly fitted dress, that's a real winner in my book. Especially a pattern that comes out as cute as the picture on the front.
Don't forget to come by Lilac Lane, where spring has sprung and we're just waiting for the lilacs to bloom!