Since we had so much fun seeing the Gnomeo and Juliet movie and painting gnomes, I decided that Big Sister should have a gnome dress. How could I resist making her a gnome dress when Michael Miller has the cutest gnome fabric ever, and coordinating dots?
I chose the Angel Lea Designs Eva dress pattern, which is reversible (though the gnomes and pockets are so great that it's hard to imagine having Big Sister wear it dots-side-out). I love this pattern, and I can imagine making many more of these. I especially love that the designer gave measurements, so I knew which size to make (why don't more indie designers do this?!). I would have guessed a 6, but measurements pointed to 5, which fits perfectly.
The Eva Dress is super easy to put together, instructions are clear, and the result is crazy cute. Just look how fun these pockets are:
I was already in love with elastic thread, and these pockets seal the deal -- elastic thread is the best thing ever (should have put that on my March of the Tools list!). Big Sister came home from school with her cute pockets stuffed full of treasures.
I will admit to having some trouble with the very last step of the construction. You turn the dress inside out, sew the hem but leave a 5-inch opening, turn rightside out, and topstitch. Sounds simple enough, right? I'm sure it has everything to do with my tired brain sewing way too late at night, but I could not figure out the turning part. The first time I did it, I turned it inside out (right sides together -- confusing terminology for a reversible dress) correctly, but then I could not figure out how to turn it out so that the wrong sides would be together. The second time, I could not figure out how to turn inside out correctly. I came up with a work-around solution, and it turned out fine. But I'm still stumped by the turning part and the fact that I sewed in the same place both times, yet I could never get it to turn right. Oh well, it's finished, and it's irresistible.