I came across this table cloth. It hat a few stains on it, but since it was square and pretty large I thought I would be able to cut around the stains and still make something out of it. I was thinking a peasant dress or perhaps a skirt. After some measurements I decided to cut a peasant blouse. I started sewing and realized that it would probably be very pretty, but also fairly meek. So I thought I might add a seam binding around the waist, to give it an empire cut. I made one like that a while ago, and we both really like it.
Better. Definitely better. But, now it looks a little empty on the top. So I decide to do the same kind of solution as the empire cut for the arms. First a roll hem around the outer part of the arms and then the seam binding and some elastics. I decided to go just with a regular fold around the neckline, although I did consider doing the same thing as for the arms, but with the empire cut that might have been a little bit to much...
Ok. It's better… But still perfect. Now what? Just add the green seam binding in the bottom as well? Or, could I do it like the one that I saw the other day that had multiple layers in the skirt? So, I start looking through the fabrics and come up with the dark green gingham fabric and this lime green stripy one with little daisies on. Since I couldn't decide I went with both of them to give the skirt an even fuller look. The lower tier is slightly gathered and the upper tier is bias cut. I finished off both tiers with roll hem, and the bias cut one actually got almost a little wavy frill. I will try to remember to use that effect some other place. I think it would be possible to give it even more frills. To avoid a scratching seam on the inside, I decided to go with one of the embroidery seams on the machine and stitch down the seam,
When I bought this fabric I had my daughter in mind. She looks very pretty in spring green, baby pink and turquoise. After I cut the dress out and showed it to her I asked if she wanted it. "Naaaah. You can sell that!" Spoiled kid, eh? But I have to agree, it wasn't that interesting. When I showed it to her yesterday and asked her if she wanted it, she immediately jumped to her feet and run to me and hugged the dress.
I realize that this type of dress require a slightly different way of work flow, which this time lead to that I had to rip quite a few seams. But the next one will probably be quicker. I am not sure if I should add them to the shop? What do you think? Since they require much more work than a regular peasant dress I would need to raise my prices. But, on the other hand, there is always a market for special occasion dresses, don't you think?