Today’s guest is my good friend Caila from CailaMade. If I remember well, I first ‘met’ Caila when she invited me for her fabulous Best of Fall Patterns series last year. What I found was a marvelous blog full of fun, bright and stylish clothes, modeled by her super cute brood. I LOVE Caila’s dresses! And I don’t know where exactly Caila lives, but judging by the pictures she puts on her blog, it’s a place where the wheather is always great 🙂
Caila is also the uncrowned queen of framed clutches, for which she shares a great tutorial.
So make sure to visit Caila’s blog, and enjoy her gorgeous creations, and above all her super sweet personality!
By the way, Caila is currently participating in Sew-vivor, so make sure to vote for her!
The front bodice is also detailed with shirring, which is not included in the Leila & Ben pattern. Shirring is done by adding elastic thread to the bobbin and sewing in straight rows 1/4″ apart. Once you are finishing stitching, back stitch to secure your stitches, then steam or spray the rows and apply heat, with the iron. The fabric will yield to the elastic stitching and give you these pretty rows of gathered stitches. It adds a little extra “fancy-ness” to an otherwise simple style.
See those little pink stitches in the photo below? I bordered all the flowers on the front of the dress with tiny pink running stitches! It adds dimension to the flowers and turned out to be my daughter’s favorite detail. I love sitting and watching some of my favorite shows while sewing by hand. It’s so theraputic!
The finished product looks great with a belt,
If you’d like to see some of the pictures that inspired this outfit, check out this, this and this Belgium Kid Style outfit. I love them all! This dress would be perfect with tights and a pair of boots, but it’s already too hot here in California for those. We are already enjoying Spring weather with our Easter treats!
Thank you so much for having me here, today, An! It was such a pleasure to make this dress and share it with your readers. And thank YOU for reading! If you’d like to see more of what I’m sewing, visit my blog, CailaMade where I share sewing projects, tutorials, and free patterns. You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram (@cailamade), Pinterest, and Flickr. Goodbye for now!