A while ago a friend of mine asked if she could employ me to sew a Juliet from Gnomeo and Juliet costume for her 7 month old daughter. It sounded like just too much fun for me to pass it up.
This was the inspiration picture. I started by planning on doing a dress like Made’s shirt dress, but had a few issues with sizing it down and made what could have been quite the off the shoulder, low cut more Renaissance style dress… a tad inappropriate for a 7 month old, I’d say!
I ended up using a New Look pattern for a baby girl dress and free-styled it with the apron.
The collar and sleeves were trimmed with white ric-rac since the real dress from the movie is a white top.
I trimmed the hem with white eye-lit lace to add the illusion of layers as seen under the skirt in the picture.
The apron is what pulls it all together, though. The top is made from black material with a rolled hem around the edges. The skirt is just a wide rectangle of fabric, gathered and sewn to the top of the apron. Then I made a long tube of white and sewed it to the center of the apron and around back to the parts of the straps that goes over the shoulders and hangs down. Gold ribbon and buttons were used for the corset look.
The apron skirt was trimmed in red ric-rac.
The gnome hat was cut to shape, back and front sewn together and then elastic sewn into the back.
The elastic should help it stay on her head.
It was a lot of fun sewing something for a little girl and I can’t wait to see pictures of her in it!
On another sewing note… I bought fabric for the Anthro-inspired shirt on my 12 by 2012 list for only $2.25/yard on clearance at Joann’s. It’s brown with small white polka dots. I’m just a little excited. I’m also looking forward to using some cute, slightly stretch black lace for another cute top. I’m itching to make something new for myself!
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