In the shape of an Ice Cream dress for Miss Tilly.
Sewn up in a lurex/muslin cloth I picked up in Horsham Spotlight on our Victorian Holiday 2012.
It washed and pressed like a dream but after being cut it curled and frayed it you thought about looking at it.
Size 2T with the length of a size 5 for my tiny girl.
In retrospect, a bit long. I do find if I size back and add length too much the clothes can lose the nice line.
That almost happened here.
I desperately wanted the 'V'and I have a pretty fail safe method for achieving a perfect notch.
However, after the first pocket disintegrated trying to sew the 'V' I left it off.
It just fits over Tildy's head without it, just!
After tacking the back edges together I used a wee piece of interfacing to hold the fabric together before stitching the yoke to the dress.
I just snipped through it later.
I didn't underline the yoke initially.
After I had sewn the front in place I could see the yoke was too flimsy to support the dress.
So I cut and jigsawed super soft interfacing in through the opening and then pressed it in to place.
It was a major PITA.
Matilda chose a dainty MoP button which I sewed with gold silk thread.
But when is Mother-of-pearl a bad choice?
The dress seems so very very long, but it works.
The Ice Cream dress is relatively full anyway so there is plenty of ease through the body.
As usual, I lined the dress.
It gives wonderful body and shape and this fabric definitely needed it.
A simple thread chain holds everything in place.
Pockets #2 after my machine ate attempt #1 when I tried to sew the notches.
My poor, sleep deprived brain cut the pocket and edge the wrong way, it should have been a gold main pocket, but I didn't notice until I had sewed it in place.
There was no way this dress would cope with unpicking.
They stayed that way.
Finally, a elegant 'E' for an elegant dress.
And did she like it?
'Mummy, it's sparkly'.
Either is is a bit long or my pocket placement is too low.
'That's okay Mummy'
'I can still dance in it'
Merry Christmas sweet friends.