Pretty, isn’t it? This was a hoot to sew up. I love sewing frosting and working with taffeta and chiffon and all things unnecessary to basic wardrobe survival. The pattern for the overdress is Burda 1/2013 #142.I used a poly … Continue reading
DD3 wanted to really dress up for October 31st this year, which isn’t a big holiday in this house, but what do you say to school peer pressure? Especially if sewing something fun like a costume is involved, right? After much research through Mommy’s Pattern Stash, she chose an ensemble from Burda’s January 2013 carnival collection. It’s actually a set of patterns to mimic clothing from Star Wars, but there’s no mention of Star Wars, probably for copyright reasons. I frankenpatterned the little white Leia costume in the bottom right corner of the photo for DD2 last year.
The Galactic Princess costume consists of this Fairy Tale Blouse (Burda 1/2013 #118) with an overdress (post on overdress to follow later). The blouse is very straight forward to sew; it’s only three pieces. And due to it’s loose fit, no fitting required. How lovely is that!I made a few changes to the instructions. First, I made the ties from a long strip of bias fabric instead of purchased cord. It doesn’t look like much in these pictures, but in the context of the costume, I thought the self-fabric tie would be a better choice than yet another texture thrown into the mix.
Second, I did not leave the edges raw. I hauled out my overlocker (serger) and did a rolled hem on the neckline, sleeves and bottom edge. And I used French seams for the construction.And third, I decided the looooooong trails of trim tied loosely around some nebulous wrist area of the arm as per Burda was ridiculous for an 11-year-old, especially since she will be wearing this to school and she’ll need to be working, not untangling herself from yards of trim trailing from her sleeves. So I stitched the trim down on each edge, which left me a channel about 5/8″ wide. I backed it with bias taffeta strips (no edge finishing required) and ran an elastic through the casing. Et voilà! Nicely gathered sleeves that won’t drag through school work.
Well, peeps, I’ve been tagged by the wonderfully inspiring Mrs. Mole in the current game of Blog Hop. Thank you muchly, Mrs. Mole. And to plunge right in…. Why do I write? Well, I’m an introvert’s introvert, so writing is … Continue reading