So, I was playing with my sewing machine again today and I whipped up a little dress for Hannah. I saw this tutorial for a bandanna dress posted on Pinterest and I had to give it a go. As with Hannah's Busy Bag, I won't do a step by step on here since the tutorial is really detailed. I just give you a few of my observations and suggestions.
First, when I went to Michaels, I wasn't sure if I needed a regular sized bandanna or the over sized one that they offered. Hannah is in size 5-6 and a regular sized one was just fine. A bit big actually. The bandannas come in a variety of colors and only cost $2.99 a piece!! I found some ribbon with a touch of bling on it for $1.99. All in all, a cheap project!
Before I started, I ironed out all of my pieces. I know I should have washed them first, but they need to be hand washed and I was in a hurry to get going. Hannah won't be wearing the dress right away (I don't think), so I have plenty of time to wash it later. One thing I noticed right away was that the bandannas were neither actual squares or the same size. They were a touch off, but when I pinned them, I just made sure the bottom hem was even on both sides and pinned them appropriately. I was originally going to square them off when I sewed, but then I realized that you would be able to see the off seam around the arms. So, I simply pinned the edges evenly and forgot about the misshapen fabric. Once the dress was on Hannah you couldn't even tell!!
All in all, this was a quick little project that took very little time to make. Since my sewing machine is downstairs in the Dining Room and my iron is upstairs in my bedroom, I pinned and pressed everything in one step and then came down to sew all of it.
Hannah loves her new dress!! I will likely have to cut the ribbon a bit since it seems a bit long to me. One tip regarding the ribbon...make sure you buy something that is not itchy. I couldn't imagine using scratchy tulle or sheer ribbon...ouch!!
(Don't mind that she's modeling it over her school clothes!)
Before I go, I also wanted to give you all a preview of the quilt I started. I am using a Disappearing Nine-Patch pattern, and this is the first Nine-Patch square I've made. I still need to cut and reassemble it. My local fabric shop doesn't sell pre-cut Charm Packs, so I had to match my own fabrics and cut them all by hand. I bought a new straight edge today that should help speed things along, so hopefully this won't take me forever! I'll post photos as I go along.
Here's a close-up of the bug fabric that I used as my inspiration fabric.