You may remember that a while back I was complaining about not owning a serger. I started sewing as a child with clothing and I’ve wanted a serger ever since! It only took about 25 years, but I did finally get a serger.
I knew I wanted something basic, fairly friendly to use and inexpensive. At this point having a serger is a bit of an indulgence. So I researched, asked opinions and ultimately spent about $200 I think on this machine.
And then it sat.
Oh the shame.
A new machine and I had no time to learn it and start a project to use it!
But finally I decided over the holidays that I should tackle this baby and start making some of the clothes for Caitlyn that I so desperately want to make for my girly girl. And so I did! Starting with this dress from a Simplicity pattern I’ve used before, #0351.
I used a single yard of a Michael Miller Stripe, a bit of Laurie Wisbrun’s dot fabric, some left over ribbon from who knows where and my serger of course!
Doesn’t it just make you happy?
But then reality kicked in. Caitlyn wouldn’t wear the dress (I know I know. She will eventually but for the moment she’s not). And I REALLY wanted to use that serger to make something she would wear. So I sucked it up and went to Joanns and took her straight to the princess fabric section. I knew I found the perfect project when I saw the pre-ruched fabrics. She fell in love and I had a simple project that I’ve always wanted to do but never have because I didn’t have a serger before.
And this time she wore it. 😉 In fact I had to do some trials on the sizing with this one because it just involves the one seam up the side and my skinny minny needed the dress pretty tight. Plus I had to add the elastic straps as well. And she was crying when I took it off for the alterations. She wanted to wear it!!! I’m never happy when my girly cries but I was a bit gratified by it this time.
I used a brightly colored elastic for the straps to make it easy for her to get on and off by herself. Worked like a charm!
We are going on our first vacation since Caitlyn has been born in the spring…a Disney cruise. And this will be a perfect dress for that!
I’m definitely experiencing serger joy!