The tutorial for my project can be found here. It's something I found on Pinterest. First thing I had to do was find a shirt to turn into a dress for Zoe. Zach was gone on a trip so naturally I chose one of his that he had been unwilling to get rid of but also unwilling to actually wear.
I don't think he'll miss it.
The first part of the project was easy enough. It wasn't until I attempted gathering the skirt that I had problems. I followed the advice of my friend Brittney ( you can follow her blog here) and did the gathering by hand. I tried to do it by machine, setting the tension on high and all that, but it wasn't very pretty. However, the hand sewing worked good enough.
The next problem I encountered was the straps. The original tutorial didn't have any way to buckle the straps so that they could be removed to put the dress on. When I tried to put the dress on Zoe with the straps attached it turned into an acrobatic exercise that she did not appreciate. On my last entry I reached out for suggestions and got one that was great. I attached hook and eye fasteners (or trouser hooks) to the straps. Then I sewed buttons on the straps to give the allusion of button holes without trying to attempt them.
The finished product:
I didn't attempt the pockets from the tutorial because, well, I think that pockets are far beyond my skill level, or at least the skill level of my machine (let's blame it on the machine).
Anyway, sewing project number 3 is in the books. Now all I need is some fabric to crank out one of the other ones I have pinned on my Pinterest wall...
Happy crafting my friends!!