Last month at quilt market those sweet gals Tiffany and Shannon from Create Kids Couture gave me a copy of their Elena's Double Layer Peasant dress pattern. I love it! So easy and I think everyone would get super results here. I mean when you cram 4 yards of fabric into a size 4 dress, it's gonna be adorable, see:
Chloe's is a size 8 and I used a mish-mash of fabrics from Tula Pink (love her!), Lecien, Timeless Treasures (I think) and something from my local quilt shop. Cadie's is a size 4 and it's all from the Riley Blake Marguerite line .
All the pieces went together very easily. Tiffany and Shannon's instructions are spot on. I love the order in which they do things, and they give helpful tips for hemming and shirring. The most time consuming thing was all those ruffles. To compare my experience with Dana's amazing gathering tutorial (found in our archives on the 'Techniques' page} I started with the proper method - with two rows of gathering stitches even - and ended up with the cheater method, pinching the thread between my fingers to gather with extra tight tension.
After the park today we headed over to that same quilt shop to show off the dresses to my friend Anita who owns the shop.
My girls have a friend there too :)
Buying fabric online is fun (and a great value), but don't neglect your local quilt shop... besides being able to touch and feel the fabric before you buy, the people who work in little shops are usually super helpful in answering questions about fabric and sewing.
While we were there, everyone oooh'ed and aaah'ed over the girls dresses. That always makes me feel so good. I adore spending time around other gals (young and young at heart) who sew.