Clever Charlotte

The Start of Summer

Galena Dress, PatternsErinComment
Clever Charlotte Galena Dress Pattern
Clever Charlotte Galena Dress Pattern

School is out, at last.

Despite some unseasonably cooler weather, the kids have already been out playing in the sprinkler in new swim suits, had our favorite summer treat, Fro-Yo, and stocked up on summer reading at the library.  Bring it.

Here's Miss N sporting a new Galena Dress over her swim suit, post-sprinkler.

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This variation of our newest pattern shows what a statement a bold solid fabric bias tape can make against a printed dress.

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The dot fabric is a double guaze by Kokka Fabric/Tomotake from the Muddy Works collection--allegedly in navy but really charcoal gray. Glad I am a gray person.  

The hot pink bias trim is one of my favs--Kaffe Fasset's shot cotton in magenta.  The shot cotton is super soft and compliments the super-soft, divine feel of the double gauze.

All fabric was purchased from Pink Chalk Fabrics.

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You'll notice I added a strip of color at the bottom of the dress too--this required an extra wide strip of bias tape binding (a 4" bias strip yields a 1.5" wide  finished strip of color). I was easily able to make this wide strip from the same 1/2 yard of contrasting fabric I used to cut the other trim pieces.  Note, the wide folded  bias tape replaces the flat bias tape called for in the original instructions.

I folded the 4" wide strip in half, wrong sides together, then pressed the two long edges to the inside 1/2". Next, I sewed the wide strip to the raw bottom hem in the same way we instruct sewing the narrower folded bias trim on the sleeve hems. I overlapped the short ends near one of the side seams   

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Can't wait to see what fun adventures this summer brings!

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Happy Sewing!

~Erin