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Have you made an Anna Dress, McCall 7000

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fortifiedwithtea Mon 04-May-15 06:46:34

If you have, share my pain. Appliques. Aaaargh!!!!!

I've made Elsa, dead easy. Then I volunteered to make her friend an Anna dress. I suggested the green coronation dress, nice and easy - printed skirt fabric can be bought on ebay. No such luck sad Friend said could she have the blue one please.

Had a top tip from shop where I used to work.|To avoid raw edges and not get rippling of fabric when trying to iron on webbing to polyester - don't use Bond-a-web and the like.

Instead stitch with tiny hem allowance iron-on interfacing to cotton applique fabric, iron-on side to right side of fabric.

Cut a slit in interfacing and turn the right way out.

Iron so interfacing bonds to back of applique.
this part I haven't got to yet
Baste appliques to dress. Satin stitch on sewing machine in place.

Sounds simple. But the flowers have 9 dots and 9 petals and 9 stems. Each flower has 4 tiny leaves. That gives a grand total of 63 fiddly bits.

Is this just more trouble than its worth?

Anyone had good results using bond-a-wed on polyester? And did you satin stitch over the top of leave the raw edges?


lucysmam Mon 04-May-15 09:00:30

I think I'd use fabric glue for the fiddly bits if it was me.

Or try and find them ready made on ebay maybe to cut down on faffing.

fortifiedwithtea Mon 04-May-15 09:11:27

Yep, I'm a great fan of ebay. I found a seller offering an embroidery panel for roughly £3.75. Expensive but ideal for just the bodice. I'd have gone for it if I'd been making the coronation dress.

I hadn't thought of glue, thanks for that idea smile

lucysmam Mon 04-May-15 09:13:24

I used fabric paint for the panel on the coronation dress and the pattern on the skirt - did not know you could buy it <sigh> Could have saved myself hours of painting grin

cate16 Mon 04-May-15 21:26:20

I'd give the bond-a-web a go if it were me.
I'm not familiar with the dress, but could you use felt for the flowers/petals? (although not washable- so maybe not)

fortifiedwithtea Wed 03-Jun-15 01:22:00

I just thought I'd give you an up date of how it turned out smile

For the bodice I appliqued a round the pieces and then went over with satin stitch. It took hours and I admitted defeat and bought some Bond-a-web.

Used Bond-a-web to decorate all of the skirt using a low setting on the iron because I didn't want to scorch the very cheap satin I'd used for the skirt. By this time I was absolutely sick of the dress and didn't stitch around the edges.

The Bond-a-web held up for most of the day but some pieces were peeling by the end. I did volunteer to have the dress back to stitch the appliques back in place but I think child's grandma is being given the job.

Why are there never any good short cuts? <sigh>

lucysmam Fri 05-Jun-15 17:18:19

Eek, a school mum has asked me if I'll think about making one for her dd. Might be better off saying no and directing her to the Disney shop on this occasion.

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