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5.08.2010

The Montgomery Dress

This post is part of a month long series called 'Pattern Makeover Month.' I took a simple pattern (The Sweet Dress by Leila and Ben) and 'made-it-over' into many different styles. For more information, go here.



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Another simple modification that can change the entire look of the dress. . .


Cut the Sweet Dress pattern as directed. Sew as directed stopping before you create the casings. Finish the edges of the sleeves and neckline with a narrow rolled hem or a rolled hem edge on your serger.


Now you are going to make a casing on the inside of the dress using single-fold bias tape or twill tape (make sure it is wide enough to hold your 1/4 inch elastic). Measure around your neckline and bottom of your sleeves. Cut your tape to the same length plus 1 inch. Stitch the top of the tape about 3/4 of an inch from the top of the neckline and about 1/2 inch from the bottom of the sleeves. Stitch the bottom of the tape down, leaving a small opening to thread your elastic.


Thread the elastic and finish the opening.


To make the bow for the front, I cut some black fabric about 1 inch wide and 16 inches long. I left the edges raw-- but I haven't washed it yet! I don't know if it will hold up very well. I guess we will see. You can also make it with two pieces of fabric the same size, sew right sides together and turn right side out. Topstitch around the entire thing. And this one WILL hold up in the wash! ;0) Stitch it on the front of the dress.
Another of my favorites!



The Girl Creative

25 comments:

Bridget said...

Wow! I think that is one of my very favorites out of your whole amazing collection. Although, the throw pillow dress is really amazing, too. This would so cute made for the mommy, too.

JamieS said...

Very pretty!

Natalie said...

Definitely one of my favorites too! I love the difference just making a casing makes - thanks for sharing this! Your daughter's haircut is adorable.

The Sewing Dork said...

Loving it! Can I come to your closet and get dressed?

theteo5 said...

Adorable! I love the fabric choice...yet again!

Kate said...

Oh my goodness, I have just come across your blog for the first time and I LOVE it! I am all about sewing clothes for my girls at the moment too so its right up my alley. I would adore to win a pattern for this fabulous dress and I look forward to your next post. Happy Mothers' Day!

EHC said...

I love the styling for this one! Still looking for a sweet dress pattern in MY size so I can try out some of your cute ideas...

Lacey said...

Gorgeous and very sophisticated!! Love it!!

I'm in love with this one, loving the colors!!!

Lisa said...

Another one to my favorites too!

cmboyd_1999 said...

ADORABLE!

Stephanie said...

I would love one of these for myself! IT's so adorable.

Lynette said...

I feel like every time I comment I'm saying that this particular dress is my favorite...i just love them all!!! Where are you finding time to make all of these??? I absolutely love them!

tong said...

Love the big bow on the front!

lesleyandsara said...

I'm so glad I found this blog!!

Angela C. said...

Love this one also! I also love the fabric!

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gina said...

I have really been enjoying all the variations, but especially love this one!! Beautiful!

Hugs,
Gina

heather said...

I really like the finished look, the ruffle at the neckline and sleeves is perfect! And I also adore your fabric choice, LOVE the large print!

Bella Mama said...

I love everything you've done with this pattern! I've a sassy little girl that would them!

Garilyn said...

I'd love to win this dress. My daughter loves dresses, and you've shown so many ways to use it!

Parret said...

These dresses are so cute that I wonder what it would look like if I made one in my size.

Montrose Lewises said...

This would be one of my favorites!!

Larissa said...

I LOVE this dress!!! I am not sure who I would make it for, but I would make it still!


Love your stuff as always!

Larissa
Just Another Day in Paradise

Rob, Ann, Ava, and Brooklyn said...

I'm not sure which is cuter...your girls or the dress!

City Grace said...

Oh..I LOVE this!! I'd love to win a pattern!

ange_moore said...

Love that bow!