Back when I had just one little girl, I styled Elena in one of her Daddy’s shirts and ties and his shoes and went to get her picture taken for Father’s Day. To this day, it is one of my all-time-fave pics of Elena:
Yes, Elena had straight hair until she was 2!
Since that year I have wanted to do more Father’s Day-themed pictures of my girls but haven’t. Going to the picture studio is a chore at best and it seems I could never get us there – and properly styled – the last couple years. But this year, we did it!
And I have a new all-time fave pic of both my little girls:
As luck would have it, you can’t even see my fantastic styling all that well! Ha!
But the fantastic styling is there. I made the girls dresses out of old men’s dress shirts!
I have to admit they are not my husband’s old dress shirts, which of course would have been ideal, but from Goodwill. My husband pretty much gets rid of clothes he doesn’t want immediately, so there was nothing to be had from his closet.
Julia’s dress is patterned completely off of Made’s shirt dress tutorial. I really didn’t think I’d add the sashing at the waist, but the dress looked like a nightgown without it. Knowing my Julia, I gave her some pockets with some white trim and a little bow at top.
Julia loving the pockets, Elena loving Julia. Don’t worry though! Julia did some loving on Elena too!
The collar is wide enough it could be worn off-the-shoulder…
…but Julia’s not really a fan of that styling!
She is a fan of running though!
“Mommy, I run SUPERBAST!” (Yes, I meant to write superBast. F’s are apparently hard to say for this 2-year-old.)
Elena’s dress was a bit more work. I really wanted to copy Made’s shirred shirt dress tutorial, but didn’t have any elastic thread and didn’t want to go to the store or spend any more money. But I did have some of Superior Thread’s Texture Magic thanks to my Mom!
This was my first time to use this product and I don’t think it will be my last — it is definitely interesting! You sew it on to the wrong side of your fabric — the more you stitch, the more texture you get according to the instructions. After it is all sewn down, you steam it with your iron. It puckers all up and then lays flat again to create a new smaller, but textured, piece of fabric!
I wanted my texture to look like shirring so I sewed straight horizontal lines along the top of the shirt/dress. Here are 2 pictures of the process: In the first, you can see the fabric in the process of steaming. It is all buckled up. When the process is complete, the fabric will lie flat again. In the second, you can see the difference between half of the dress already steamed & shrunk and the other half of the dress that had the texture magic sewn on but not yet steamed. It really does shrink 30% in size!
Once the fabric has been shrunk, it will not stretch back out! You must sew with it as if it is a new piece of regular fabric. That was the main difference between my dress and Made’s shirred dress: her dress could stretch out over the kid’s head so you didn’t have to worry about sizing much, but I did have to worry about the sizing!
The only real issue I had with the Texture Magic is that you will have to line it to use it in any clothing. Before use, it was incredibly smooth and would feel fine on the skin. However, with steaming/texturing, the back got incredibly rough. I knew my daughters would not stand for that to be against their skin. Luckily, I had enough fabric from the men’s shirt sleeves to line the inside, and once lined it was fine.
For shaping the bodice I used a pattern piece from New Look 6613 – a dress I’ve made previously. (Seen here.) I’m so not a fan of winging it! I decided to just make this into a regular sundress and not bother with the sleeves. After lining the bodice, I didn’t really have enough fabric for sleeves in the first place, AND I admittedly ended up with slightly over-puffy sleeves on Julia’s dress. Oh, the pocket on Elena’s dress was the original shirt pocket — I just moved it!
Note: These dresses were part of my Personal Challenge to finish 10 projects by August 1st. YAY! I think that calls for a carousel ride!
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