Blog Swap and Tutorial with Mandy’s Yellow Corner

I’d like to welcome the fabulously, talented Mandy from Mandy’s Yellow Corner.
I’m actually over there today sharing a tutorial on the fun, fall garland that I shared yesterday in my Fall Decor Post so after you visit here, come check it out.

Well hello!
My name is Mandy, and I’m visiting from my site
Mandy’s Yellow Corner.

Allison is just a dear to be blog swapping with me today!
She and I met through blogging,
and quickly discovered that we have so much in common…
I’m really hoping that her husband gets stationed out here in Colorado at some point so that we can be real life friends!

Yup, I live in Colorado with my hubby and our puppy dog…

And I craft ALL the time.
If I am not crafting, I am blogging.

I love to share tutorials for some of the fun projects I’ve done…
For example, this
Anthropology Knock-off Tutorialt,

Or this fun
Pottery Barn Inspired Tutorial,

And in getting ready for fall, I just shared how to make this
Simple Fall Wreath

Today I’d like to share an easy peasy dress tutorial with you.
10 simple steps… I seriously made this one in about an hour!

Materials Needed:
1 1/2 yards of fabric
Elastic Thread
Sewing Machine
Straight Pins

1. Cut out two pieces of fabric.
Mine were 3.5′ x 2.5′, but exactness really doesn’t matter in this project. Gage how long you would like your dress [and add several inches beyond that to have room to hem it].

2. Using one of the cuts, fold over and iron about a 2 inch seem on the top [the 2.5′ side]. Secure with pins.

3. Time for the elastic thread…
If you’ve never used it before, don’t worry- it’s not difficult!
You put it in the bobbin and sew it into the underside of the fabric.
Then afterwards you iron it and the heat makes it scrunch up.
Easy, right? :]

You’re going to have to wind your bobbin with elastic thread by hand.
I learned by trial and error that the tighter you wind it, the more it will scrunch in the end. . . so I suggest winding it pretty tightly!

Sew straight lines across the width of the fabric spaced about 1/4 inch apart. I sewed 6 of these lines:

4. Do the same thing to the other piece that you cut.

5. Iron over the elastic stitching to make it shrivel up.

6. Pin the two halves together, front sides facing each other:

You’ll want to put the pins where you are wanting to sew… so gage how tightly you would like the dress to fit by holding it up to you.

7. Sew the two halves together [you will want to switch the bobbin thread back to regular thread at this point!]
You’ll probably want to taper the dress out as you go along, but I wanted to give my dress a “bubble” feel, so at the very end I rounded the seam back inwards like this:

Trim the excess fabric.

8. To make straps, cut two strips of fabric, each 20″x3″. Fold it each across so that they are 20″x1.5″ and iron the crease. Then stitch all the way along the open edge:

Pull each strap right-side-out like this:

9. Sew the straps onto the inside of the dress…
I did mine in a way to make an “x” in the back:

10. Hem the bottom, and you’re done!

Like I said… easy peasy!

If you are interested in finding some more tutorials, you should drop by my yellow corner! I love finding new blogging friends!

And thanks again to Allison for letting me make myself at home on her blog today!
She’s so super talented… but I guess ya’ll already know that! :]

How cute is that dress?!
Thanks for sharing it with us Mandy!

And everyone should definitely go check out Mandy’s blog and give her some love. She even has an Etsy shop with some of her adorable creations! 🙂

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  • Shorty
    September 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Allison, i just found you through Mandy's blog. Great post on her site and I love your tutorial… so cute! Please thank your your husband for his service to our country, and a big thank you to you for supporting him and our country as well! (My husband is former Navy, so we have a special place in our hearts for those who server our country.) I look forward to diving into your past blog posts!

  • Roo {NiceGirlNotes}
    September 16, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Cauuuute dress!!

  • Moe
    September 20, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Such a cute dress! I love the stripes! I am following you now 🙂