Floral Maxi Dress

Project Description

What are you most proud of? The thing that I'm most proud of is that this project inspired Alaina to start sewing. She liked it so much that she bought different fabric to make a dress for her best friend's birthday. Alaina never made a garment before and her creation turned out fantastic. She even used my serger for the 1 seam on the dress!!! (I did coach her, but she did the stitching.) What advice would you give someone starting this project? Choose a light - medium weight woven or knit fabric. Decide what length you want to make your dress, skirt or top. When using the elastic thread in the bobbin, stitch more slowly to prevent jamming, etc. But the dress is so easy (and inexpensive) to make, you'll make a whole bunch of them. For laundering, wash on gentle/cold cycle and air dry to keep the elastic fresh.

What you will need

  • Cotton Gauze fabric with elastic thread.

Q&A with Gail Yellen

SummerSewstice asked:
Gail, I have just enrolled in your 40 Techniques Class, and I haven't completed the first lesson, but I am so excited!!! I learned early on about the importance of pressing as you sew, I think I had a really good teacher. But you have just inspired me. I didn't know about the clapper, in fact I wondered what it was in the Materials list before I even took the class. This is one of the best classes. I can't wait to finish the first lesson. I got up early and ordered it, and started watching the first lesson, I have to go to work, and I can't wait to get back and finish it. I have a couple of dresses that I want to make before the end of the year and one has princess seams, I'm glad I saw how you pressed the seams, I always had problems pressing the curves. Thank you, thank you, thank you! It was a great decision to take your class.
Gail Yellen answered:
When you finish your princess seam dress, post a picture. Would love to see it! A clapper is a cool tool for pressing and the difference it makes on certain fabrics is amazing!
bobba10905394 asked:
Gail thanks for the great Tee Time Makeover pattern. I have posted a picture of it. Hope you got it. Please tell me how to make the pattern larger for older girls. I just love this idea. hugs
Gail Yellen answered:
I think you may have posted this on my site by accident. I didn't do a Tee Time Makeover, but thank you for posting the pics. It' always so much fun to see what everyone is doing!

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