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A New Dress For Bambi (part 3)

March 16, 2011
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If you’re just joining us you might want to look at : A New Dress For Bambi (part 1) and A New Dress For Bambi (part 2)

So yesterday we ended up with this:

Now, just like I said yesterday, you could always just hem the bottom, the neck and the leg holes then close it up, but don’t we want to create something special? Something so incredibly adorable and better than you can buy at the store? Well of course we do!

You can achieve the same look that I’m about to make with bias tape, but I had some extra fabric left over from my shirt and I didn’t want to let it go to waste.

Decorating Your Dress!

I used:

  • 3 strips of fabric 12″ by 1 1/4″
  • 1 strip of  fabric 24″ by 2″

Begin by turning your dress so that the Wrong Side is facing up. I took one of my strips of fabric, Wrong Side facing up, and began to pin it around the leg hole. As you can see I ended up not needing all 12″ of the strip, but that’s okay. It’s better to overestimate than to underestimate. Now that we know that we have enough fabric we can sew the pieces together. After you do so, just trim the excess fabric.

Now turn your dress around so that the Right Side is facing up. Pull your fabric up. Now we can begin to fold and pin.

It’s not hard at all, I promise.

Just fold the frayed edge underneath

and pin it down.

Keep on doing this all around until you have a nice uniform width. Then, you should definitely take some time to admire your work. Good job, it looks adorable!

Now to sew it up! Make sure that you keep your stitches near the end of your fabric just like I did below.

Do the same for the other leg hole. Your little dress is coming together quite well. :D

Now we’re going to do the same thing with the neck. Turn your dress around so that the Wrong Side is facing up and begin pinning down your fabric (which should also be Wrong Side facing up!).

Sew the two together and just like with your leg holes, turn your dress back around so that the Right Side is facing up and begin folding and pinning.

Then just sew down your embellishment and guess what? You’re almost done. Wasn’t that fast?

Now to add the finishing touches. You should know the drill by now. Lay your dress down, this time with the Right Side facing up and pin down your fabric, which should be laying Wrong Side up. Sew and trim the excess.

Now this time we don’t need to fold and pin. We just need to tuck under the fabric and sew.

Now just turn your fabric Wrong Side up and pin the two unfinished sides together, like so and then sew!

Now your dress is 100% finished!

Or maybe 99.7% because we could always add a cute little applique… but we won’t… this time.

Put it on your little dog and marvel at their cuteness.

Isn’t she adorable?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2011 5:12 pm

    Your tutorial is fantastic and Bambi is SO CUTE! I love that she gets excited about her clothing, how fun! My dog does too, she has to show everyone in the house. =) Thanks tons for adding this to the One Pretty Thing Flickr pool, I’ll be linking in Monday’s Daily DIY.

    • April 9, 2011 8:00 pm

      This is very exciting! Bambi’s very flattered that you like her dress, she’s a little diva! :)

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