Hey! Lookee here! I'm all caught up! The brilliance of doing U is for upholstery and V is for velvet came to me in the shower this morning, when I got the two weeks mixed up, and also where many of my great ideas come. The shower and while I'm trying to go to sleep at night. My quiet moments, I guess, is the common denominator.I don't know what it is, but I love to put ruffles around the neckline. Maybe it's my signature? Or maybe it's because I love to use my ruffling foot because it looks so hard core and it sounds like something is breaking, but really, it's just putting these perfectly placed pleats in the fabric with little effort on my part. Yes. That's probably it. Have you ever used one? If not, I think a tutorial is in order.
The fabric is a curtain panel that my sister-in-law gave me when they were getting ready to move, practically giving away their entire earthly possessions. I lucked out with a few bits of fabric, two of which were these curtain panels: one in green and one in red. Fortunately they are big enough to make a whole dress for a little person! (Thanks, Olivia!)Originally, I wanted to add a matching green collar but didn't have fabric that was the same color, so that's when I decided to add another color to the scheme. Yellow, which happens to be Olive's favorite color. And when I didn't have the proper color in the proper weight, I decided to just do ruffles. Also, I made the tiny piping, but ran out of it for the bodice in the back and was too lazy to make more. So it's just in the front. I didn't think Olive would really care. ;)
(Olive loved the fuzzy velvet.)Sometimes my creative process lends more to the convenience of what I have on hand than the design I have in my head. And apparently I tend to have a lot of light-weight fabric on hand. So, perhaps it's not so much my signature as my fall-back? ;)
I used the edge of the curtain panel with the sewn-in plastic stabilizer for the hem of the skirt so it would flare out a bit. We girls like a bit of flare.