I made this patriotic dress for my daughter right before Memorial Day, and as I mentioned, I was a little concerned that the points on the cutout star on the back wouldn’t stay up over time. True enough, after a couple washes, they started flopping around.
So I got some thin red ribbon (with cute little white polka dots) and went about solving the problem! I cut three lengths of the ribbon and hand-stitched them into the lining of the star at each point, and then again at the top point of the star. Then I added a ribbon bow with different lengths of ends, so that the ribbons that are used to hold up the points look like part of the ribbon bow. The bow is on a pin, so that it can be easily removed for washing.
I had to make her a matching bow for her hair, of course (I ended up putting that on a headband made out of the navy blue fabric).
But, I also made what every little girls needs under a skirt… a pair of shorts! I turned the red striped fabric so the stripes were vertical (because who wants horizontally striped shorts), and designed a little star pocket for the side. I made the star wide and with a curved bottom, so that it would be a serviceable pocket. I followed (with a different shape) this “lined patch pocket” tutorial from ikat bag. Once I had the pocket sewn together and flipped, I edge stitched the bottom into place using navy blue thread, then sewed across the top edge of the bottom two points (so that the pocket has a curved bottom edge and little things won’t get stuck in those bottom points). I then top stitched it in white to match the back of the dress.
Next up on my sewing table… my son’s outfit for the 4th! Next up on this site… a tutorial on how I upcycled the shorts I made for my son.