Now, I know what your thinking..... "Gaaahhhhh......TULLE!! This sounds like a mission!" BUT, before you strike this off your to-sew list, I must tell you..... THIS IS A FREAKING EASY SEW!! That's right! Even a beginner can do this one!!
The stunning Garden Sprite dress, is a dramatic dress, full of dazzle & poofy-ness (yes, right - I'm not sure that's an actual word, but there you go - its undeniably true!)
This knee length stunner comes with sizes 6 months - 8 girls included. You can also adjust the skirt length as desired.
The dress ties at the back - through a buttonhole - yes - admittedly, this will be the hardest part! The straps can either be made from tulle - like the skirt - or as I've done, fabric. I chose fabric as I believe its nicer for the wearer.
Do not fear, the back is not shirred - although you could choose to shirr should you wish. The back has elastic casings - 3 or 4 cases is all that is required & you will find it remarkably easy.
To top that off, there is no itchy, bumpy exposed side seams - the back bodice is enclosed at the sides within the front bodice piece.
There is also no itchy, scratchy-ness going on in the legs department either! The underskirt takes care of that! You could also choose to omit the tulle and turn this dress into a simple dress, using statement fabrics.
I chose to add some fabric flowers, and honestly, it took me longer to hand sew them on, than it did to sew on the 90 pieces of tulle!! I kid you not!! (Maybe I'm a VERY slow hand-sewer.... but hey, find out for yourself!)
To make this dress, I strongly advise buying tulle on the roll. Although not available in store in my part of the world, I was able to order online easily. I can recommend Ebay.
This is a hugely effective dress, that takes very little time to sew (relatively) and the results are just amazing!
We took these photos at one of our amazing local wineries and I'm sure the staff at Houghton's wondered where the rest of the wedding party was!! Hehehe!
BUT, I've saved the best until last!! If you join the FooFoo Thread's sewing group on Facebook, this pattern is absolutely FREE!! Yes, that's right.... free!! So come on over and get the coupon code!
If your crazy or not inclined to join the Facebooking world, you can also purchase the pattern direct HERE .
My daughter & I give this dress 5 out of 5 plies! Have fun sewing!!