Pint-Sized Flapper

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This dress looks SO MUCH BETTER than I ever thought possible. My younger daughter picked the fabric at Spandex House. It’s a nylon-lycra with strings of sequins hanging off the fabric. My daughter likes her fabrics to be as over-the-top as possible, and this definitely qualifies.

I bought 1 yd of fabric, and tried to use every square inch. I drafted a simple tank dress, then added godets to the skirt. I cut out the tank dress part, then took all the fabric that was left and cut out as many godets as I could from it. There are 2 in the front, 2 on the side seams, and 4 in the back.

Initially, I tried to sew the fabric as-is on my serger, resulting in a broken needle and serious strain on my serger knife from sewing over sequins. I then cut all the sequins out of the seam line, which was a huge pain but made sewing easier.

I lined the bodice with some tan knit fabric that I had lying about.

My daughter loves the dress, but it kind of weighs a ton. I hope she does not get fatigued wearing it.

more spinning

more spinning

Front view

Front view

back

back

front godet.  It's hard to see anything in this fabric, but there is a seam there.

front godet. It’s hard to see anything in this fabric, but there is a seam there.


back godets

back godets

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8 Comments

  1. Mrsmole
    Posted April 15, 2013 at 4:51 am | Permalink | Reply

    Amazing dress! And all that from one yard of fabric…Wow!

    • Posted April 15, 2013 at 8:52 am | Permalink | Reply

      LOL She’s a teeny, tiny, 7-year-old, which is why I could get away with just one yard.

  2. Posted April 15, 2013 at 7:22 am | Permalink | Reply

    This dress in made for twirling! Your daughter is sure delighted with it!

  3. Posted April 15, 2013 at 8:20 am | Permalink | Reply

    Now this is a dress! Love every bit of over-the-topness about it! Wonderful!

  4. Posted April 15, 2013 at 8:25 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love that you let your girls express themselves in their clothing. It’s a dress that every little girl would love.

  5. ellecsews
    Posted April 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh my, that fabric certainly qualifies as being over the top. Perfect for a twirling little girl.

  6. Posted April 16, 2013 at 11:16 am | Permalink | Reply

    LOVE that dress. What fun. I think it’d be perfect for a twirling big girl too.

  7. Posted April 20, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Amazing! The perfect dress for a 7 year old!

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