Thursday, October 11, 2012

Quilted Autumn Rainbow Dress

So this week's challenge for Project Run and Play is Fall Holiday Wear.... my favorite fall holiday? My eldest daughter's birthday!
Her 5th birthday is coming up in a few weeks and every year I take my kids birthday photo. I like to make them something special to wear for this photo op.
Here are the last year's: Jaden, Julia and Jace.

So for this year I thought I would kill 2 birds and use this week's challenge to get Jaden's birthday dress finished.
And thus the Quilted Autumn Rainbow Dress was made.
After cutting all the diamonds I sewed them together into strips, then sewed the strips together.
I ironed all the seams flat then sewed around all the diamonds onto a thin lining material.
I used Simplicity Pattern 3511 but "thinned" it out a little bit. I have made the pattern several times before and it is always so big and loose (Bias Pattern Remix and Simplicity 3511) so I made this dress a size smaller and then took off about 3 inches in the width of both the bodice and the skirt part.

I am throwing Jaden a rainbow / art party so this dress fits in perfectly with my plan.

This is my first attempt at quilting, not too hard, but defiantly time consuming. I couldn't imagine making a quilt to fit on a bed- but this rainbow pattern would really look good in a little girl's room.

Hope you all have a great weekend! Check out the other Fall Holiday Outfits in the Flickr group.