Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hanky Hem Dress

I'm participating in The Creative Maven's Sew 5 Challenge.  This is project #1...although I have done a few others and ran out of fabric on another--just need to get photos together.

After putting way too much thought into how to do the hanky hem...I finally found a tutorial that made me think I am losing my mind.  What I tried so hard to imagine...turned out to be a square.  DUH! 

I have used this knit, in a different color, to make a similar top, but wanted something a little different.  I used part of the pattern, Simplicity 5695, again and didn't make it as long and added the hanky hem skirt to the bottom.  I love the way the stripes are at an angle on the skirt part--it is exactly how I wanted it.

I used this tutorial to figure out the waist of the skirt--used the measurement of the bottom of the top instead of her actual waist.  

My shortcut this time was to fold/iron the casing of the elastic before I sewed the pieces together

I had the dress hanging on Jilli Bean's door this morning.  When she woke up she was said, "Potty!  Potty! Potty! [saw the dress] Cute! Potty! Potty!"  I think she liked it.  I made a rosette and attached that to a piece of elastic for a headband...she always has something in her hair.

At least the pacifier matched!
From Drop Box
From Drop Box
From Drop Box
From Drop Box
I added a loop of ribbon to the back since the
front/back are similar.
From Drop Box


  1. I had no idea that hankie hems were so easy... or that they were called hankie hems - cute dress!