Once I got to Joann in November to select fabrics, I realized my exact vision would need tweaking because of the fabrics available. It was only my second time buying fabric since June (I'm sewing through my stash), so it took FOREVER to decide. I was there until they made "last call." (My favorite time to shop at Joann, by the way. It's so quiet.)
Pattern: Georgia Vintage Dress by The Cottage Mama
Fabric: Teal taffeta, white-with-silver-dots quilting cotton, sheer snowflake overlay -- all from Joann.
Notions: The buttons are vintage from my grandmother's stash. They're gorgeous -- navy with a teal shimmer.
Size: 2T. The fit is perfect.
Modifications: I shortened the sash ever so slightly, simply because of a fabric shortage.
Thoughts: I've got so much love for this pattern. It will be our go-to fancy dress pattern until Eliza outgrows it. (The pattern goes through size 10!)
Working with that sheer overlay fabric was a nightmare. It didn't press at all, so hemming it was awful. I'm digging the effect, but man. Synthetics suck.
The center front sash portion is a little narrow; best I can tell I had a bigger seam allowance than was necessary. Such voluminous gathers still challenge me occasionally when it comes to maintaining consistent seam allowance.
The collar had a tendency to pop up a little, so I simply hand-tacked down the front and back. It's invisible and keeps it lying flat. I may use that cheater tip again.
Overall I'm really pleased with the dress. And, of course, Eliza loves it. She paired it with her pink sparkly shoes and called it perfect.
*I used Hayley's tutorial for setting up an indoor photo backdrop. I decided to use a gigantic piece of wood (8x4) rather than fabric because it was easier than dealing with wrinkles and finding somewhere to hang fabric. I simply covered the wood with white contact paper, added a primed white baseboard, and leaned it up against the back of the couch in our family room. These photos were taken this morning (cloudy! cold! shocker!) and I'm super pleased with the result. The best part is she didn't even have to shiver. It made things much smoother. And I can turn it upright to use for a backdrop for my big-girl projects. Score!