November 27, 2010

The Lily Dress

The Lily Dress is the first item I had ever successfully sewn.  It is incredibly cute, and very easy to make.  Once someone has the sewing basics down and is interested in sewing clothing, I recommend trying this style of dress.  The style is most widely known as the pillowcase dress.  I enjoy creating these dresses because I have the opportunity to make each one unique. 

Border at the hem, or no border.
A fabric bow at the neckline, or ribbon.
Touches of lace at the hem, or not.
An applique of a flower on the dress, or an initial.
Cheery, girly fabric, or a sports team.
The options are endless with this style of dress. 

My favorite thing about the Lily dress is, for example, you can purchase a 12 month size for a first birthday gift.  It will fit long, about mid to lower calf.  Then, as she grows, just loosen the tie at the neckline to widen the dress and give her more room.  She can now wear it with leggings as a tunic-length top, and eventually as a summer tank top! 

I sew these dresses using French seams, which means there are no unfinished seam edges on the underside of the dress.  The seams are tucked in, then sewn over so they are hidden.  I find that this type of seam adds durability and a lot of life to a garment, which is ideal when you are purchasing a dress meant to grow with a child!

This style of dress is available in size newborn through womens' sizes, and prices start at just $20 for some styles. 

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