Confession: I have a certain disdain for flip flops. More often than not, they are considered a faux pas in the fashion world, and sometimes for the right reasons. This being said, I must also confess I own a pair of Havaianas that I bought years ago on my Venezuelan adventure. They are packed snuggly in my tote this week as Maggie and I celebrate spring break with a trip to the Florida Pan-Handle and the beach. Honestly, Maggie saunters in flip flops throughout the Alabama summers. I can hardly get anything else on her feet as the scorching heat necessitates barely-there footwear – if not bare feet. When in Rome…
My flip flop rant aside, our Baby Doll Camisole Dress is also packed neatly in my traveling bag. In fact, a DIY garment often makes its first travels in pieces, taken on long car rides or trans-Atlantic flights to be embellished.
Once complete, squarely folded or rolled up, it easily transports on-the-go. My dress has made multiple trips with me to California, returning to Alabama a little more worn (and loved) each time. The gathered ruffles relax the wrinkles from the trip, and yes, it is possible to tastefully pair our Baby Doll Camisole Dress with flip flops (or your favorite pair of heels) on certain occasions. Look for me at the Seaside Promanade this week in both and this weekend at the Doo-Nanny).
In addition to our Appliqué Baby Doll Top, we now offer our Baby Doll Camisole Dress as a DIY Kit. For this kit, we chose the Camisole Top pattern from Alabama Studio Style rather than our Fitted Top pattern paired with the Baby Doll Dress in Alabama Studio Sewing + Design for a more fitted bodice.
Camisole Top pattern from Alabama Studio Style
Instructions for Baby Doll Dress from Alabama Studio Sewing + Design
2 yards of 60” wide medium-weight organic cotton jersey
Button Craft thread
Basic sewing supplies: fabric scissors, pins, needles, ruler, rotary cutter, and Alabama Studio Sewing + Design: this book contains the basic sewing and embroidery techniques we used to make our dress.
OUR DESIGN CHOICES
Garment – Baby Doll Dress from Alabama Studio Sewing + Design (Camisole Top pattern with a ruffle appliquéd to the hem.)
Fabric weight – Alabama Chanin 100% organic medium-weight cotton jersey
Fabric color – Dark Grey
Button Craft thread for construction – Coats & Clark Colors #26 Slate
Stencil – Paisley
Embroidery technique –Negative Reverse Appliqué; instructions available in Alabama Studio Sewing + Design
Embroidery stitches- Cretan for the binding, Zigzag chain stitch for the ruffle – instructions available in Alabama Studio Sewing + Design
Seams – Inside Felled