This printed cotton should have the name "Color in the Clouds" because of the cloud-downy look. It is a super soft yet substantially thick Waverly Inspirations cotton fabric available at Wal-Mart. There will soon be a link on the sidebar to all the Waverly prints mentioned here, with the finished garments.
This year, Walmart is not selling those cotton cardigans that are usually paired with the dresses on this blog, so here is an easy idea for you:
The V-necks make better looking cardigans, and it is not necessary to make a button at the top, as in the rounded necklines. This tee shirt cost $4.88 at Walmart and is a heavy cotton and not very stretchy, which made it easy to alter.
Since the knit fabric does not unravel or fray, there is no need to stitch along the edges if you do not want to be bothered, however, it is nice to use a decorative outline stitch or a simple zig-zag machine stitch in matching thread.
Sew on a button at the top and clip a little line on the other side for a button hole or make a ribbon loop. The button, above is an aqua cameo button from Hobby Lobby.
Notice the fabric also makes a cheerful cloth for this little table.
Different cardigans could be worn with this print: pink, purple, green. An apron over it makes it perfect for home, and a cardigan makes it a great dress to wear when you have to go to the grocery store or anywhere else!
To make this dress less fussy there is no ruffle. Instead, the hem is curved into gentle free hand (or free scissor!) scallops with a facing added to give it more weight. The hem is hand stitched.
Here is the facing on the hem inside the dress:
It is always a treat to go to Allposters and find one of those delightful 19th century paintings with dresses to inspire sewing. Some of the prints depicted in these paintings are reproduced in the cotton mills today. Have a look at these, in the painting below. You will find very similar prints in the babric stores today! They evoke a feeling of contentment in every day things.
This 19th century painting is called "The Music Lesson". Notice the colors and prints.
Mcalls (year 2016) pattern 6958
Waveryly Inspirations cotton fabric (Walmart) 4 yards
Long sleeved cotton tee shirt $5.00 (Walmart)
Aqua Satin hair ribbon 1 roll 97cents
Thread, 24 inch zipper, piping trim.
Shoes- Dr. Scholls from Walmart --great for homemaking, about $15.00 and pretty colors too. These are a metallic look.
Below: Keepsake Calico which comes in several colors, all with metalic prints such as birds, hearts, arrows, and other emblems. This fabric is similar to the dresses in the painting.