I’m so happy to join such a fun group of ladies this month! I’m Andrea from The Train To Crazy. I blog all about sewing and I love, love, LOVE sewing clothes for myself and my four children. I’m also just starting my new pattern biz, Go To Patterns. You can also stop by every Thursday for a fun blog party, Make It Wear It. There is always so much great inspiration linked up and I’d love for you to join us! Where else can you find an exclusive blog link party for just things you can wear??
Today I’m showing you a fun way to spruce up any dress or top pattern for the summer.
I happened to use the tunic length for the Go To Signature Dress with the flutter sleeve option but this will work on any dress. You can hop on over to my blog and download this giant flower, or make your own.
So easy and so fun!
Let’s get started. First, sew up your dress until you have one side seam done. Don’t sew up both sides, that will make sewing the flower on difficult.
I suggest using freezer paper to trace the flower onto. This makes cutting the fabric very easy. See my tutorial here.
Once you have your flower cut out pin it onto your dress. You can use an iron on stabilizer if you choose. This works nicely with woven cotton fabrics but can make knit fabrics a bit stiff. I chose to just pin a lot and use a tear away stabilizer or tissue paper on the wrong side of the fabric to stabilize the knit and not get wavy stitches.
I like the flower on the side since it is so large. I intended for it to be slightly in the front of the dress but late night sewing got the best of me and it is slightly in the back!
Then stitch around the edges of the flower and center using whatever stitch you prefer. I used a zig zag stitch in mine.
Then finish the rest of your dress and enjoy!
Thanks for having me! This is such a fun series!
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