I am going to keep you a little in suspense of what the dress looks like right now, but I will share bits and pieces of how I am re-creating it. I little clue to the style is in the pattern I am using to re-create it.
I am using this pattern from The Old Fashioned Baby
What I love about my baby dress is the tucks on the front and back of the dress. What amazes me about the tucks is that they all were done by hand! These tucks are so tiny, I just love them!
My re-created dress will not have handmade tucks, but are made by machine and are ohhh soooo tiny!
You maybe wondering just how do you make such itsy-bitsy-teeny-tiny tucks....keep reading because I am going to give you a short tutorial on how to make them!
In my attempt to re-create this dress as close as possible to the original, I marked where my lines of tucks will be on the front of the dress with a water-soluble pen.
On my Bernina Artista 200, I set my stitch to the straight stitch and moved my needle to the 1st position to the right of center.
I folded and pressed my fabric on the line that I had drawn for my first tuck. Using my #10 foot, which has a blade down the center, I butted the fold snug to the blade.
Here is the first tuck stitched - my first itsy-bitsy-teeny-tiny tuck - isn't it cute?!
The next step is to flatten out the fabric, and press the tuck.
For the 2nd tuck, you will fold the fabric back. I am not sure what the measurement is because I was eye-balling all my tucks. I folded the fabric back and pressed it.
Once again, butt that fold right up snug to the blade and follow the blade the whole length of the tuck you are sewing.
Bring fabric back to front and press tuck.
Continue making as many tucks as you want by folding fabric back desired distance from previous tuck, press, then butt the fold up to the blade of your foot and straight stitch the length of the tuck. Bring the fabric back to the front and press.
The depth of your tuck is determined by where you set your needle. I want itsy-bitsy-teeny-tiny tucks on my dress, so I have the needle position set to the 1st dot - to make wider tucks just move the needle to another position! That's really all there is to it. I hope I have inspired you to try making some tucks!
Stay tuned - more revealing of the re-creation of my baby dress follows in future blog entries!