Monday, February 22, 2010

Jelly Roll Sundress

Angie from Treasures for Tots posted a tutorial on how to make a jelly roll skirt not too long ago. I had never heard of a jelly roll, so if you haven't either, it's a roll of fabric strips in several different patterns that you can sew together. Angie's skirts are SO-O cute, so I thought I would take her idea of using a jelly roll, but make a sundress instead. Mia actually has two jelly roll skirts made by Angie from T4T that I just love. I still need to take some pictures of Mia wearing them so you will see just how cute they are and order one for your little girl from her etsy shop. This dress was so easy to make, but super time consuming since I made STUPID mistakes, LOL. I thought it would look better underneath if I had smaller seams since I don't have a serger, not thinking about how easy it would be for the seams to come undone, so after taking this picture several seams came undone. I decided to go back and redo all the seams to make them thicker so they would be more sturdy. It still looks adorable, but I lost a lot of the length, so now I have to add a few more strips of fabric to make it longer. The next one I make will be much quicker to make because I won't make the same mistakes, but this dress has been a thorn in my side all day, hahaa! It's worth it though because Mia looks ADORABLE in it :) I guess my advice if you don't have a serger is to find a jelly roll that has pinked edges. I thought they all came pinked, but this particular one I ordered off etsy didn't so it frayed really easily. I REALLY want a serger! How many of you have sergers? Any advice on which kind to get? I'm trying to do my research. I would love some feedback :)
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20 comments:

Laura Wynn said...

How Cute!! I love the fabric!

karen said...

I know nothing about sergers but I love this dress! It's so fresh and spring-y.

Amber said...

It is a spring-y dress. Mia looks so cute in it. I just wish it would've stayed together for you so you would not have had to re-sew it. It's a lot of work to sew strips like that together but I love the end result.

Angie@treasures for tots said...

That is BEAUTIFUL!! I LOVE it!! Now I want to make one for Serenity!! I'm linking on my FB Fan page and I'm gonna blog about it!

Angie - treasuresfortots@gmail.com said...

Girl, just get your basic CHEAP serger for now and learn how to use it - it's NOT hard! Don't let all that thread intimidate you! Don't get a fancy one! Maybe if you decide to sell clothes or something in the future I would suggest an more expensive one, but a good quality but CHEAP serger would be just fine!! You can find what you need at Wal E World!

KiraLynB said...

Very cute! Is the back of the bodice shirred? Shirring is the bane of my existance!!! UGH!! She is so cute though.
SERGER: Get a Babylock if you can afford it. It is worth the money for the jet air threading and differential feed. I saved up for several years to get one, and is a dream to sew with.
LOL! My advice is so opposite from Angela's I just had to laugh.. hehe.

Sue said...

Definitely one of my favorites!

=)

JamieS said...

I just bought a jelly roll too after I saw the jelly roll skirt. It should come in the mail soon. How did you do the top part? did you just use another strip?

Katie said...

KiraLynB-Thanks for the serger recommendation! The bodice is not shiered, however, that would cute!

Jamie S-You're going to have so much fun with your jelly roll! Are you going to make a dress or skirt? All I did for the top of the dress is measure my daughter's chest and added about 3 inches because my fabric has no stretch.I then ironed it in half and made bias tape. You could use a strip for your top, but I wanted to break it up with a solid color so I used fabric I already had. Either way would be cute though :) Let me know if you have any other questions!

Nicole Comer said...

I think you should do a tutorial! It really is an adorable! Maybe so up close pics perhaps for us novice sewers?

Katie said...

Hey Nicole! I'm a novice sewer too :) Go to the tutorial link for the jelly roll skirt by treasures for tots in my post. She has a really detailed tutorial-better than any tutorial I could ever do! I would be more than happy to explain to you how I did the top of the dress if you're interested :)Basicially you just sew all the strips of fabric together for the main piece, then do a long stitch at the top and then attach the top part of the dress and straps and close up the seams. Email me if you'd like details on how I got my measurements :)

Ginny said...

Such a cute dress! Love it! I have both a bernina serger and a Viking 936. The nice thing about the 936 is it has a built in guide. You just input your fabric type, and what kind of finish you want and it gives you the information on what to set eveything to!! It is like having your own built in cheat sheet! Well worth the money. The results are awesome, and it takes the guesswork (and frustration) out of it. Hope this helps.

Also, I think all Moda fabrics from the distributor come pinked. Some of the etsy jelly rolls are cut by the individuals selling them, so they are not pinked. Bummer.

Nicole Comer said...

Sorry - 4 sick kids later....took me this long to post and ask how you got your measurements for the strips. Could you post a pic of the back?

Katie said...

Hi Nicole! The back of the dress looks exactly the same as the front so it can be worn either way. As for measurements of the strips, when you buy a jelly roll, they are already cut for you :) It's really nice to not have to measure and cut anything accept for the chest piece and straps. I think this jelly roll was a mini jelly roll I bought off etsy.

Katie said...

Nicole, if you're using fabric without any stretch, for the chest piece you'll measure your daughters chest with her arms down plus add an extra 2-2.5 inches. Lilblueboo's tutorial just adds an inch and a half, but I like to give myself more room and it makes it easier to get over her head :) Let me know if I can help you with anything else!

JamieS said...

I made mine! Here it is: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4044/4465642259_c3fb5df21e_b.jpg

Katie said...

Jamie, that turned out so cute! Thank you so much for sharing :) I'm in the process of making another one, but it's kind of on the backburner right now. I love your fabric too!

hayley said...

I don't have a serger either so i do alot of french seams. It leaves a nice finished look. You sew a seam with the wrong sides together, trim close to edge, turn so your sides are right side together, sew another seam then since u have a little extra fabric "flap" sew that down and you have a nice professional looking seam with no loose edges, happy sewing

Three Sisterz said...

Hi! Just saw this on Tatertots and Jello! What a precious dress! I just received a Babylock serger and it has changed my life! I highly recommend it and agree that the easy threading is awesome!

Michelle said...

Adorable! I will have to bookmark this one! I am a new follower!