This is my Shabby Apple dress design for Shabby Apple Dresses. I have been thinking about making this dress for a long time, and finally got started when I found out about Shabby Apple's Dare to Design contest.
The inspiration for this dress came from "the t-shirt". I wanted a comfortable, casual cotton knit dress that I could wear every day.
The top starts like a regular t-shirt and flares out into an A-line skirt. Drawstrings tie on the sides for a more fitted look.
I used elastic thread to shirr the sleeves. I had never used it before and I love the way the sleeves turned out.
I had fun making this dress. I have altered patterns many times, but this was my first time sewing a piece of clothing with my own pattern. I think this dress would also look nice in a solid color with some applique design on the skirt. That is what I am going to try next!
Thanks to my sister Abigail for her wonderful photography!