Ombre Flying Geese, On A Dress

Originally published at Delia Creates for Color Your Summer 2013.
Hello all you lovely Delia Creates readers! I’m so honored to be a part of Color Your Summer this time around. If you’ve visited my blog before you know that I’m a fan of SUMMER and COLOR, and I usually get plenty of both living in Southern California! I’m so thankful to be celebrating both these lovely things with YOU today.
I knew right away I would choose pink for CYS, because my daughter never gets enough. She’s a pink fan, if you can’t tell already! The idea for ombre flying geese (those triangles) as side panels for a dress has been floating around in my head for awhile. You’ve probably noticed that triangles are all the rage these days, and I love seeing traditional quilt blocks reborn in modern designs. These flying geese on a white dress are such a fun statement!

 Girlie meets modern. That’s my girl in a nutshell, so she fits this dress and it fits her.

Of course, although I picked pink for this post, I couldn’t resist the urge to throw some yellow in the mix. I like little yellow surprises. 

The main fabric comes from the Out to Sea  line by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller, and is some of the softest cotton I’ve ever sewn with. The flying geese blocks were made with Kona Cotton Solids and a yellow print from Jo-Anne’s that I found in my scrap pile.

The top of the dress is shirred with elastic thread in the bobbin (purchased at Jo-Ann’s), and I’ll point you to a whole tutorial for that in a moment. 

I love eyelet lace for straps. I can’t ever seam to get enough.

And don’t you just love those ombre triangles against the white?


OK, would you like to see how I made the dress? Below is a tutorial for how to make the flying geese side panels, and at the bottom I link to the tutorial for the rest of the dress. Sound good? Let’s get started!

For a size 3T I used 7 flying geese blocks to make each side panel, totaling 14 flying geese.

To make 14 flying geese:

  • Cut 14 rectangles measuring 6 inches x 3.25 inches in varying colors. I chose to use two of each pink variation on each side.
  • Cut 28 white squares measuring 3.25 inches by 3.25 inches.

There are a number of methods for making flying geese quilt blocks, but I used the instructions from this particular tutorial. The only change I made was in the size of my flying geese.

1. Put one white square on a pink rectangle and draw the line you see below.

Repeat with all your rectangles:

2. Stitch along the line and put aside. Repeat for all the rectangles.

3. Cut off the excess, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance, like you see below.

Press the seam allowance toward the white. Repeat for all the rectangles.

4. Now place another white square on the left side of the rectangle, and draw a line from the left bottom corner to the top right, as you see below. Repeat for all.

5. Stitch along this line, then remove the extra leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Press the seam allowance toward the white again, and repeat for all the rectangles. You now have a nice stack of flying geese!

Lay them out in the correct order. Here are my ombre geese when I was playing around with placement:

Place two flying geese right sides together, with the bottom of one lined up with the top of another.

Pin and stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance, making sure to preserve the point on the flying geese as you go.

Open up and press. You have a long line of flying geese!

Now cut a piece of white cotton to line the back of your flying geese (it should be the exact same size as your flying geese panel).

 Place it behind your flying geese panel and baste them together with stitches about 1/8″ from the raw edge.

Now you’re ready to add these side panels to a dress! Head over to my Summer Whimsy Dress Tutorial and follow the instructions for the rest of this dress. Simply substitute your flying geese panels for the side pocket panels in the tutorial, and you’re good to go!

Note: I used eyelet lace straps for this dress instead of the spaghetti straps I used in the Summer Whimsy Dress tutorial, but that’s an easy change for you to make. 

 I hope you enjoy making your own Ombre Flying Geese Dress as much as I did. Now, go add a splash of color to your summer and have fun watching your little girlie spin!

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