I know this sounds crazy (since I'm obsessed with sewing and all), but I originally wasn't planning on making a 4th of July dress. I just don't like spending a lot of time and money on something Elisa wears just once. And you'd think with the shop I would have jumped on the idea of making 4th of July dresses...but, no. Maybe I'm just plain lazy!?
I saw some blue chevron at Hobby Lobby and bought it on a whim, and paired it with red-and-white heart-patterned fabric. I came up with this dress (made from a modified pattern). I really liked the way it turned out--very traditional looking and cute! I thought I would try selling it first and if it didn't sell, it was no loss to me; Elisa could wear it. Well, it sold quickly and I admit I was happy that it sold, yet sad to see it go!
I went back to H.L. and bought more of the same fabric, because I liked the first dress so much! I didn't want a halter top this time (I've decided Elisa has WAY too many!) and I wanted a shorter dress. The bodice turned out as planned (though I forgot to account for Elisa's tiny shoulders so the straps are a bit big) but the skirt...nope. The skirt came about from my stupidity (which obviously turned out great in the end!). I wanted the blue chevron just to be gathered like a normal skirt and have a red ruffle around the hem. Well, I accidentally cut a huge diagonal with my rotary cutter through the red fabric! Oops! So I improvised and came up with this instead. Really, it's a miracle it worked out so well! I will try not to do such stupid things in the future, but then again, it all worked out in the end. Elisa was a big hit in her dress! Those red boots are just irresistible!