All the rage everywhere in sewing land is designing your own fabric. And for good reason — it is fun to have complete control over the design process and get *exactly* what you are looking for. Most of the time people are talking about designing their fabric with the likes of Spoonflower, but I decided to go old school with the girls this summer. I busted out some watered-down fabric paints (to make the painting easier) and about 2 yards of solid white fabric and let the girls have at it. (You might remember that I briefly mentioned this when we did it in July.)
I’ll admit I had trouble giving up control on this fabric, and wished at times that I didn’t put the green or purple fabric paints out, or that I made them only paint instead of sprinkling, or that I made them only sprinkle instead of painting, or or or. Ultimately I was happy enough with the finished product.
In August I tried to make them dresses out of the fabric, but my machine did *not* like working with elastic thread and died on me. After being repaired, I finally brought the dresses back out and finished them in October.
I used Izzy and Ivy’s Ava Tie Top pattern.
For Julia’s, I thought it looked good without a bow and therefore didn’t add the tie loops or make a bow. I also cut off some of the length and didn’t do the pintucks on the bottom of the dress. The dress fit well and I really liked it. For Julia.
Julia was really into posing that night…
As for Elena’s, it didn’t turn out as well. It ended up being too narrow/thin for her frame and I decided to go forward with the tie loops and the bow to hopefully hide the fact that the dress is too narrow. Instead, the bow pretty much takes over the dress. (FYI: The bow was this size on the pattern I got. The newest cover of this pattern appears to have a smaller tie/bow.) I cut the length and didn’t do the bottom pintucks on this one either. Since this outing, I don’t think Elena has taken this dress out even once to wear.
And I’ll definitely consider having them paint fabric again. It really was a lot of fun!