Since most of my fabric/trims/etc are still in storage, I decided to pick up a few ready-made dresses from All About Blanks at the recent Sewing Expo. These are cute, but plain, sundresses. You can easily and quickly turn them into darling dresses for Easter or just “Sunday best” by adding lace, ribbon and trims. Note that the decorative trim extends to the back of the bodice. The back of the dress should be just as cute as the front!
The first two dresses, white with pink or blue collars and hems, have 3 rows of decorative stitching around the skirt. The third dress is all white with two rows of cutwork stitching along the hem.
On the white/pink dress I stitched Swiss beading trim woven with pink ribbon around the hem and bodice – both front and back. I used pink silk ribbon roses as accents along the trim/ribbon at the hem and bodice front.
The blue/white dress features a French Lace beading woven with white ribbon around the hem and bodice as well. The accents are white silk ribbon bows.
For the white dress, I cut the two rows of cutwork stitching apart and inserted a row of French Lace. Narrow lavender silk ribbon was woven through both rows of cutwork. I stitched a row of French Lace on both sides of a length of Swiss insertion. This “fancy band” was then stitched onto the bodice (front and back) in a V shape.
A row of French Lace beading woven with lavender silk ribbon was stitched around the bodice and 3 lavender silk ribbon bows added to the front ~ and one on the back.
Even when short on time and supplies, you can create dresses ready to be worn to any special occasion!
FYI These dresses(and others) are available for purchase . . .