Soleil Dress (for a full review of the pattern click here) for Ty and I knew instantly that Boston needed one as well. Knit is Boston's preferred fabric though she loves everything girly and pretty. The Soleil Dress Pattern is a great pattern for dressing up without loosing the comfort & simplicity of knit.
Soleil Dress, but nothing really stuck. Once the Ballerina Primavera idea came to my mind, I knew instantly that it would be a home run hit with Boston. I luckily had all the right materials on hand so I instantly went to my sewing machine and started sewing.
For the front I used 1 layer of ivory double knit & 1 layer of white stretch organza. I sewed the two pieces together to make construction easier.
For the back I used the little bit of stretch lace I had left from this project and added some of the stretch organza to the back. This gave the lace a bit more structure so that it could stand up to the weight of the skirts. I stitched them together so that it would be easier for construction.
The Skirt was made with 3 layers of stretch organza and 1 layer of double knit. The bottom two skirts (the double knit and one layer of stretch organza) I used the skirt pattern and for the top two I used the full width of the fabric.
I sewed up the size 2 with the size 3 skirt length. I left the bottom hem unfinished so that the skirt wouldn't have any weight to hold it down from flying.
The pattern calls for knit ribbing but I chose to use Fold Over Elastic instead, because first I had it in my stash and second I loved how the blush pink worked with the ivory and white tones. In doing this I made this sew a bit more complicated for myself. There is a very good reason why Lauren with Selvage Designs suggests that you use ribbing over FOE I had a very hard time getting the fold over elastic tight enough that it wouldn't flop down. So keep in mind that it might take you more time in adjusting if you disregard this suggestion. The neckline and arm holes are the areas that I couldn't get quite right but it ended up being good enough so I moved on.
I originally planned on making a stash to go around the waistline but once I sewed the skirt to the bodice, I was annoyed at how much I had stretched out the bottom of the bodice the weight of all the gathered skirts. The FOE ended up being an easy solution to this problem. I made a very tight belt that sucked it all in, then I matched the bottom of the FOE with the seam edge and used a narrow zig zag stitch to attach it.
The other day I was over at my parents as I was packing bags in she found her dress. Snatched it up and showed it to my dad by saying, "Look pa-pa, Peta (translation Pretty) Dress!" She showed it how it flies when you spin it and the lace in the back or at least that is at least I think she is saying between the excited gibberish and pointing.
I am not sure that she will ever really be a ballerina, if she has my lack of grace probably not. But it is fun to dream. And it is always fun to create something that she loves.
I have to admit that I am brainstorming another Soleil Dress with another variation. A couple weeks ago Al & I were browsing knit section at our local fabric store. Boston wouldn't let go of some fuschia knit, I wasn't there with any money just merely there for moral support for Al as she spent her whole months sewing budget. Al purchased a little of fuschia, but much to her dismay I didn't purchase any. Make note the next time I went (without her) I picked up more than enough to make a Soleil Dress with a fun flip. But first I have promised Ryder a ninja costume and today we picked out the pattern for the bottoms.
Do you ever try and guess of what your kids will be when they grow up? My kids are still so little but their momma's interest in textiles & photography always makes me giddy. That said Ryder has a strong interest in cars and motorcycles like his Dad. Boston has such great coordination at this point and when she gets super excited she runs into a room doing cartwheels. Until they decide I will keep expanding their dress up tote and give them every reason to keep dreaming. I know that I am lucky enough to have parents that still support me as my dreams morph from chasing one star to another. It is my prayer that I can do the same for them.
Fabric: Ivory Double Knit from Walmart $2/yard section, Stretch Lace from Fabric.com & Stretch Organza was a gift from my mom a few years ago but I think she got it from HancockElastic: Was from my Mom's stash which probably means it is about 20 years old.Shoes: Natty Shoes Pattern from Delia Creates (not an affiliate link, just really love the shoe pattern and these shoes were sewn specifically to match this dress, I have a few more planned to sew before writing a full review but while you wait just know I love this pattern)