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.
This variation of our newest pattern shows what a statement a bold solid fabric bias tape can make against a printed dress.
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.
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
Can't wait to see what fun adventures this summer brings!