Friday, February 6, 2015

KCW Caroline Party Dress from a Valance

Last summer I found a window valance at the thrift store. It was made of such adorable fabric and it was half price day so I took it home. I finally put it to use during this upcycle themed Kids Clothes Week.

This is what I had to work with. It is only 16.5 inches high and the gingham was so small it was useless. Fortunately for me, I had some of the very same gingham in my stash already from some pillows I made about 15 years ago. I believe these are Waverly prints and they might be called something to do with "Country Fair".

Isn't that fabric adorable? There wouldn't have been enough without the gingham insertion on the front. As it is, the skirt is about 8" less in width than it should be, but it's still full enough.

I made one other change that I am kicking myself for. It was snowing like crazy and the big kids were home again. I didn't feel like trying to drive to Walmart, my nearest source for a zipper. I thought it would be no big deal to change it to a button placket. The sewing was the easy part. The button holes proved to be impossible however. After ripping out 4 attempts and stomping my feet like a child, I gave up. I ordered snaps online and will finish this up next week when they arrive.


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    1. Thanks! That was the first time I tried that technique and I love how it turned out too.

  2. Oh yes, the fabric is adorable :). It's a very cute dress indeed!

  3. That is adorable! I like how you added interest in the front bodice. Was the fabric too thick for the button holes? The dress will be cute with snaps!

    1. Yes Annie, just too thick and then there's the seam at the waist too. The buttonhole foot is so long that it needs a lot of flat space on each end of the buttonhole to sit level and work right. The snaps are on now and look cute. I went with a taupe color snap and love it.

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm so glad I could make use of that window valance because I just love the fabric.

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