Tie Dye Diva’s Perfect Party Dress
I was asked to be a part of a blog hop to feature the Tie Dye Diva’s Perfect Party dress. I am both honored and tickled to be featured along side other very talented women. I have a lot of respect for Jen Hagedorn, the creative mind that is the Tie Dye Diva, her patterns are effortless to put together, no doubt the extent of months of planning and hard work. I am no stranger to her patterns and the perfect party dress, I have now made eight of them! And I am sure I will be making dozens more in the future.
For this blog hop I was asked to “think outside the box” and make a few changes, small or big, to the existing pattern of the perfect party dress. I live in the deep South and down here we adorn our little girls with big bows and full skirts. So I did just that. Instead of using fabric for the sash in the front and the ties, I used wide double faced chocolate brown satin ribbon. I cut the length of both ties at 33″ a piece to make a nice, big bow that flops just right and ensures the ties are as long as the length of the back of the dress. Other than swapping the ribbon out for the fabric, I followed the pattern precisely on how to put together the bodice. She gives you the option of making a bib and ruffle to adorn the bodice, and this is the first time I chose not to. For the underskirt, I chose a raspberry woven fabric and followed the pattern, except I took off an inch in length and got a little fancy and did a french seam. It’s great for underskirts and hiding the seams. For the chiffon overskirt, I adjusted my math so that it would be the same length as in the pattern, but I got there a different way. I will explain.Chiffon is a tricky little pickle. It has no stretch and is so slippery when you are cutting it, but it makes for a beautiful and full skirt. Southern mama approved. I recommend laying it on plywood wrapped in batting and muslin to help the chiffon cling to it before cutting. If not, adding some weights to it to keep it from moving while you cut is a plus. Once you have cut it properly, it’s not too hard to work with. I chose to do a roll hem to the bottom of the skirt. As pictured to the left, I measured out a half inch seam and sewed slowly and closely to the edge.After I finished sewing all the way around, I cut as close to the seam without cutting into the thread. I actually used the weight of my presser foot to keep the chiffon taut as I cut the excess all the way around the skirt. I just kept lowering it and raising it as I went around. After I was through with that step, I measured out a quarter of an inch and rolled the seam down and sewed close to the edge again. After doing this slowly and with tighter stitching, you have successfully done a roll hem on chiffon! I basted both the overskirt and underskirt together, attached it to the bodice, and with a warm iron, pressed the hem of the chiffon down (I put a towel over it as well, I was a bit nervous I would eat a hole through it).