To celebrate my almost-organized-and-cleaned sewing room, I promptly made a mess by making my little niece an outfit. :D It's the first thing I've made is *gasp* almost two months, so this is a big deal. (I have a giant bag full of stuff to make for HRH, so I'd better not keep on this sewing funk for long....)
Anyway, without further ado, here is Lil Miss posing for teh cameraz! (It was difficult - my flash had gone out, and she was spinning and spinning and hopping and hopping.....yeah, she liked her dress, I think!)
I felt weird.......top stitching, zippers, and machine hems, commercial patterns....oh my! And I'm kinda glad I don't use zippers in SCA clothing......I hate them! >.< My ruffler AND my gathering foots were not working for some strange reason, so I ended up doing all the gathers by hand....argh! Everything is double layered with lavender silk and an embroidered net over the top. (It's wai cuter IRL!)
There are things that I would do differently next time, but since it's my first piece of mundane clothing (for a little girl, to boot), I'm not too worried about it. I think it turned out cute!
This pic is closest to the 'real' color....
She decided that she was a princess, and needed a wand and a tiara to go with her new dress and pretty pedicure. I didn't have a length of silk long enough to make a nice boofy sash, so I fudged up a faux sash (sewn down to bodice) and permanent bow that snaps on one side. I think it turned out better than had I used a sash! The fabric store didn't have any nice, delicate dress zippers, so I ended up using the most innocuous 'regular' zipper I could find. It's still too beefy for the dress, but ah well. I couldn't wait to get it done! The dress is also about a size too big....I wanted her to be able to wear it in the spring, as it's still very much winter here!
Next up, I'm going to make a matching purse and probably a headband or clip of some sort.
......but that's after I finish cleaning my sewing room!