August 13, 2009

The Honey Girl Dress... modified!

Did you know you can make this dress with the Honey Girl Dress pattern (link) by simply changing where you shirr?

It's the exact same bodice and skirt pattern, but with less shirring and no ruffle. Criz-naizy man!

Here's how you do it...

1) Cut out the Skirt and Bodice pieces as you would for the regular Honey Girl Dress.
2) Follow instructions for Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, and Step 4.
3) For Step 5, mark the shirring lines on the Front Bodice as follows: First shirring line is 1" above the waistline casing and the second shirring line will be 1" above the first shirring line.
4) For the Back Bodice, you can shirr as directed in the instructions or you can do what I did for the dress which was shirr a row every 2".

The 2" spacing between the shirring allows the unique fabric design (Girly and Bitter) to be visible with the shirring.

5) Continue on to Step 6 and follow through with the remaining pattern instructions, omitting the instructions for adding a ruffle (unless you want a ruffle).

That's it!
Simple and fast - a great combination.

This dress, along with at least 2 more dresses, will be up in my shop next week.



jacqueline said...

Jamie, this dress is gorgeous and i LOVE that fabric too! Are you taking in orders for custom make dress? :) Have a lovely merry happy day and love to yoU!

smallgrapes said... the fabric, too.

Pretty Ditty said...

Thanks ladies!

Jacueline - convo me via etsy and let me know what you're thinking.

Laura said...

Super cute! I especially like it with the fabric that you used.

Katie said...

I am still chomping at the bit to make the original! Now you're tempting me with alterations?! I've been so busy working on my blog and etsy store, not to mention the signifigant other put me on fabric buying restriction, that I haven't had a chance to work on it... but its at the top of my list! I just look at the pictures on the front of the pattern and they make my day!

Jenean said...

I LOOOOOOVE this dress!! Great job and lovely choice of fabric!

lexiep616 said...

that fabric is gorgeous! where did you find it?

GoyaDesigns said...

Cute modifications. I do like how the fabric pattern is visible in the back.

Pretty Ditty said...

Thank you very much for the sweet words.

Lexip616 - The fabric is called Girly and Bitter by Kokka fabrics and is available in my shop

Stacy (S.E.W.Butterfly) said...

This dress is so cute! I love it! Will have to try the pattern. Thanks for the variations info.

Mama Sews! said...

love this alternative to the dress! super cute and the fabric is a great choice for the style

love it!

Alison said...

That shirring is lovely. I bought my shirring elastic many years ago but have yet to try it. I am a little scared!

stitchesandtulips said...

I love this - I haven't tried the original yet but this makes me even more excited to get the pattern and order some special fabric for it. Shirring is new to me but I hear it's addictive and fun! Thanks for the tutorial!

lucky knitter said...

Love, love, LOVE the fabric and the dress variation!

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Mimi said...

Beautiful dress! I love the fabric too!

kamagra said...

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Jenny said...

Love, love, love this dress. I can't wait to make one...or two....or ten.

MateaTPol said...

oh i love it,i like your blog to !

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said...

this is beautiful!! I might need to try to make one for myself :) said...

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