Monday, January 14, 2013

The Skipper Dress


It's time for the second week of the sew along for Project Run & Play.  This week's theme is Stripes and Polka Dots, which leaves it wide open to interpretation - so much fun!


I made this another upcycled dress; re-using a pair of charcoal oxford striped pants and some pink polka dot fabric from my stash.  I bought this fabric to serve as a tablecloth for Arden's Pink 3rd birthday party and then used it for Hadley's ladybug Halloween costume.

For the dress, I was inspired by sailor pants with the button flap front.   I moved the flap up to the top of the dress and made it into the closure.


I drafted the pattern myself and I'm really happy with how the fit turned out.  The button flap is lined with interfacing to stabilize it and the bodice has facings and all seams are finished.  I didn't have quite enough of the polka dot fabric for the facing in the back of the bodice so I used the stripe and turned it sideways.  It doesn't show when the dress is on, but I love this detail!


It's such fun taking pictures with Arden now that she's become more cooperative and even comes up with her own poses and action moves!  She's taking preschool ballet and was showing off her point-retirĂ© excercise - her new favorite move.  I would have loved to take pictures at the river near our house with the tall ship that is docked there, but it's too cold for outdoor shoots right now.


I'm planning to draft another in a 2T to make for Hadley, and perhaps even more sizes to make a sewing pattern to offer.  Hmmm, I see some girls in cute dresses in my future!  I think this would be a very versatile dress since you could easily change up the look by making it without a contrast fabric and the style could be short sleeved, sleeveless, pockets, piping - you name it!

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19 comments:

  1. What a sweet and adorable dress! Love the pics.

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  2. I love the idea of a sailor opening for the top of a dress instead of a pant! very creative.

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  3. This turned out great!! I seriously was drafting a pair of train conductor bibs for my boy, unfortunately they weren't in the cards this week and failed failed failed lol ... so glad it worked out well for you!

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  4. That is a very cute dress. I love how you made the front! She is adorable in her poses. Makes is much more fun to take pictures when they actually cooperate. ;)

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  5. A great idea, turned out really cute!

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  6. Awww, so cute! The flap closure is a neat idea. I also like how the pink pops off of the green background.

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  7. Super cute! I love the tiny stripes with the large polka dots!
    liZ

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  8. I love this! I'd really like to make a smaller one for my granddaughter.

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  9. This is adorable! I love that you used recycled material to make the outfit. The tiny stripes are cute, too!

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  10. Very cute!!! I love this style of dress!

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  11. SEW cuuuuuuuute! You did an excellent job! Nice color combo.

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  12. Love the contrast of the colors and it is such a cute dress!

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  13. The yoke closure is very interesting....what a neat method to combine two fabrics....

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  14. I absolutely adore this......awesome job!!

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  15. Seriously love the style of this dress and if you created a pattern I would love to male one for my girls. It has a playful feel which I love!

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  16. We featured you on our blog. Thanks for sewing along! http://shaffer-sisters.blogspot.com/2013/02/prp-sew-along-winter-2013.html
    With Love,
    Jo

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  17. So cute! Where did you find the polka dot fabric?? I can't find it anywhere?? Thanks! My email is BEastwood@aol.com

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