Sunday, May 1, 2011

Bamboo lycra in soft pink.

I have a confession to make:  these dresses were made as a direct result of me wanting solid-colored dresses to take pictures of the girls in.  It started, as usual, in the fabric store.  I had read about people using vinyl instead of seamless paper as backdrops for photography, and I wanted to give it a try.  Joann's had several different colors of marine vinyl, including a light gray that I decided would work beautifully. 

My choice of light gray necessitated that I put the girls in soft colors, and I had some ballet pink bamboo lycra in my stash. . .just enough to make 2 dresses.  I didn't want them to be identical, so I used the same fabric to make different  styles. 

Jenna's is the Miss Madeline from the Handmade Dress.  I made it without the elasticized waist.  As you can see, it works perfectly in a knit as well as in woven, as the pattern suggests.

Allie's is a self-drafted tank dress with gathered side panels.  I bound the neckline and armholes out of the same fabric using the binder attachment for my coverstitch machine, which may be my favorite sewing invention EVER!

We didn't get any good pictures of the sides while she was wearing it, but here it is being modelled by her duct tape double that is a couple of sizes smaller than she is now.

This is why I love sewing with knits. . .it is super fast!  I had both of these cut and sewn in about 3 hours. 

I would love to hear what you are working on!


  1. I love those. They turned out beautifully. And I'm really intrigued by the backdrop, which looks fabulous. Do you have some sort of stand that you attach it to?

  2. Your girls look lovely in that shade of pink!

  3. Thanks, ladies! I actually created my own backdrop stand out of a few pieces of PVC pipe and some of the joints they sell to put it together. Since I needed to set it up under the carport, I wanted to be able to take it down easily. . . It needs some fine-tuning though. About 5 minutes after I took that picture, the wind blew the whole thing down!