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Monday, August 4, 2014

Guest Tutorial: The Sookie Dress

Hello CKC family!  This is Kristi Fitzpatrick from Sweet Rosalie & Co. guest blogging for Create Kids Couture today! 

A few weeks ago, a few of us in the CKC Facebook pattern group were discussing re-creating some of the dresses worn by Sookie Stackhouse on the HBO Series ‘True Blood’.  After sharing my take on the yellow sundress she wore to the witch’s shop in “Me and the Devil” (yes, I’m a Sookie Fashion Fan!) I was asked to do a tutorial on how I constructed the tied bodice…and I couldn’t say no to the lovely ladies at CKC!

The basis of the Sookie Dress is a mash of the Anna’s Sweetheart Halter Dress and the back design of Poppy’s Peekaboo!  (I also only used about 2/3 of the skirt width so it wasn’t as full.)  Just those two steps alone make an amazing garment!  But to make it Sookie-worthy, there has to be the tie-knot…and I’m here to show you how to do it!

Once you have the bodice of the dress completed, lay it on a flat surface.

Measure to the center of the bodice, from side to side and from top to bottom, and mark a dot with tailor’s chalk.  Also measure ½” above and ½” below the dot you just made and mark those with a dot. 

Using your machine’s instructions, create a 1” vertical buttonhole that starts with the top dot and ends at the bottom dot.  Open the buttonhole with a seam ripper.  Set bodice aside for now.

You will now make the tie.  Cut two pieces of fabric 2 1/2”x10”.  Stack them on top of each other.  Take one end and fold the corner up to the opposite side as pictured.  Iron to set.  Cut the ends off on the creases we just made.

You may also choose to cut a slight curve around the top corner to give the tie a more rounded look.

Place the two tie pieces right sides together.  Sew around the outside edge, leaving a 1.5” opening as shown, backstitching at the beginning and end.

Clip the corners and around the curves, being careful not to cut into the stitches.  Turn the tie right sides out and even out the edges.  Iron until nice and crisp.  Top stitch 1/8” from the edge all around.

Take your bodice and slip the tie through the buttonhole and over the top of the center of the bodice. 

Tie a double knot towards the front of the bodice at whatever tightness feels comfortable…and you’re finished!

This dress is a lot of fun to make…and even more fun to WEAR!  Thanks to Create Kids Couture for letting me blog today!  I can’t wait to see inspired creations!
Love, Kristi

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