Sunday, April 26, 2009

princess & the pea

Finally! We had some cool days and I really wanted to photograph this dress outside, but we made do. Apple actually had a brilliant idea: "Mommy, why don't we get a bed and you can take my pictures like I'm the real Princess-in-the-Pea!" So cute. And I only cringed a little bit when she wanted to lie on all of my precious Far Far Away fabrics with her sandy toes.
It was so much fun to see this fabric take life, and I love the drape of the double gauze. So fun, especially if you have a girl who loves to twirl.

In hindsight there are a lot of things I'd do differently with this dress, and with the double gauze in general. I think in the future I'll really put more thought into the pattern I'm using to make sure the double gauze would be the best choice. I really wanted to use it on this dress, as Apple and I both love this style, but since the halter top requires lining I wouldn't do it this way again. I lined it with a coordinating Heather Ross polka dot, which really shows through the top and takes a little bit away from the beautiful outer fabric. I'd probably suggest if you choose a project that has to be lined to line it with a solid color double gauze, which I found at Superbuzzy. It's expensive, but I think the results would probably be worth it.

I've also heard a lot about the "stretchiness" of this fabric. It does have quite a bit more give than a quilting weight cotton, and even though I prewashed the fabric, I still encountered some problems, particularly in parts of the dress that required fabric cut on the bias. I normally never have any problems doing a simple hem, or side seams of a skirt, but I really had to almost fight to keep my fabrics aligned when sewing the skirt of this dress together, because of the bias cut. Something else to keep in mind when choosing a pattern.

All in all I'm pretty pleased, and can't wait to try double gauze again, maybe in a dress for myself for summer.


Liz said...

it looks fantastic, great job! That pattern is so pretty.

Trying Traditional said...

It is lovely...the fabric, the dress, and the model! Thank you for sharing.

I would like to get my hands on some of this fabric, but my stash has grown so much already(depleting the cash along with it.)

LizzyHouse said...

I love this dress sooo much! I wish I had one! Same style, same fabric! So great!

Shantessa Knutson said...

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Jess said...

Adorable dress for the summer!

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Polka Dot Daze said...

I think it is stunning! I keep reading that the fabric is double gauze, not really sure what that is. I am about to buy a whole heap of this fabric to make a quilt - do you think it will work?

Belinda said...

Beautiful! I've got a bolt coming of this print. Thanks for the tips on working with the double gauze. I'll keep them in mind.