I'm still working on putting together my thoughts on what to call this upcoming sew along for princess dresses. But while I get my act together I thought I would let you know that I noticed that Joanns is currently having a sale with Simplicity patterns for $1. I think it might go through to tomorrow...so if you are interested you might want to run out and pick it up for cheapy cheap!
Just a note that I'm pretty sure this is the current pattern number. It's the one that I have found online on Simplicity's site and others. But I know for a fact that this pattern comes under another number because I own it and it is not the same. The only difference is the number though. Mine is 0153 I believe. So if you think you already picked this one up or your store has the older number, no worries. Same pattern. Different number.
While you are picking up the pattern you might want to take a look at the general notions for the pattern. Clearly you will need thread, machine needles, and elastic. I'll be going through the fabric ideas for each particular dress and extra notions. But those basics will be used in all of the dresses.
I personally think this is a great little pattern to use if this is your first time garment sewing. There are no special closures (yay elastic!) and few pattern pieces. I will note that we will be making the dress with some modifications or extras. So with that in mind, you might want to give the dress a whirl simply following the pattern instructions to get yourself comfortable with the pattern if you have never sewn a garment before.
I've also had questions about whether you can do this without a serger. Absolutely you can!! I'll be directing you toward a site with tons of tutorials on seam finishes if you are interested. But you can make this however you like. The dress with not fall apart with cotton fabrics. I promise.
So off to the stores with you! We'll probably start talking about Alice next week. She's our first dress. If you have any ideas of your own for how to embellish the dress then grab those things too while you are at it. I hope that these dresses are an expression of love and creativity!