Monday, April 18, 2016

[Sew Fun] Princess Anna Inspired Swing Dress

When coming up with ideas for Ashlynn's Frozen Fever Birthday party, I was trying to devise a plan to turn each of the gifts Princess Anna receives in the short into an activity for the party.

bracelet = bracelet making station
cuckoo clock = timed game of musical chairs
portrait = photo booth
sunflower socks that cover her eyes while riding the tandem bicycle = Pin the Nose on the Olaf

I searched Spoonflower for Frozen Fever inspired fabric prints so I could make a blindfold to mimic the socks.  I was initially just looking for a sunflower pattern, but when I found actual prints from the movie I knew I would order more than just enough to make a blindfold and hair bow.  They were running a 50% Off special on 1 yard or more of modern jersey material, which brought it down to $13.25.  I was a little hesitant to order jersey knit since I have never worked with it before and I know it can be more stubborn than basic quilting cottons.  I also don't have a serger machine, so I was hoping my edges would be finished enough with just an old school zigzag stitch.  A basic cotton is still roughly $18+ on Spoonflower, so I just thought I'd give it a shot since it was my cheapest option.

I searched Pinterest for jersey and dress patterns for knits and found this FREE swing dress pattern from Craftsy.  It looked simple enough, and truly it was.  I was able to get a size 3T dress and blind fold out of the yard, and still had a little material let over, but mostly scrap.  To be honest, this might be my favorite sewing project to date!  I am so proud of my hem lines matching, the knit ribbing collar and arm holes, and getting the edges to lay flat at the shoulders.   The best part is Kenley (our Anna to Ashlynn's Elsa) wants to wear it all the time!  The jersey material is lightweight and comfortable, it would make a sweet nightgown too.

Since she wanted to play for the rest of the night after we tried it on, I didn't get to hem the bottom up until later, but it was done in time for the party.  I definitely would like to make a few more of these dresses for the girls since they are perfect for summer.  They wash easy and are super comfortable to play in.

Once I get all the pictures together, I'll share all about Ashlynn's birthday party.  Today is her actual birthday, so we are going to try to make it as special as her party was, but it might be tough to top!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!

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