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-retiré 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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20 Responses to The Skipper Dress

  1. Shannon January 14, 2013 at 12:29 PM #

    What a sweet and adorable dress! Love the pics.

  2. Without Directions January 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM #

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

  3. Mae January 14, 2013 at 1:35 PM #

    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!

  4. Stacy January 14, 2013 at 2:42 PM #

    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. 😉

  5. Olga January 14, 2013 at 3:12 PM #

    A great idea, turned out really cute!

  6. cloudsfullofrain January 14, 2013 at 4:09 PM #

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

  7. Simple Simon & Co January 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM #

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

  8. Anne Maskell January 14, 2013 at 7:08 PM #

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

  9. Karen January 14, 2013 at 8:35 PM #

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

  10. RaeAnna January 14, 2013 at 10:00 PM #

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

  11. Emma January 14, 2013 at 10:57 PM #

    very cute1

  12. thomastwins811 January 15, 2013 at 12:16 AM #

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

  13. sallyavena January 15, 2013 at 3:35 AM #

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

  14. Frances Suzanne January 16, 2013 at 3:18 AM #

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

  15. Diana - FreeStyleMama January 16, 2013 at 4:20 AM #


  16. The Cottage Mama January 18, 2013 at 8:15 PM #

    I absolutely adore this……awesome job!!

  17. Tin Marsh January 20, 2013 at 3:22 PM #

    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!

  18. Shaffer Sisters February 20, 2013 at 5:03 PM #

    We featured you on our blog. Thanks for sewing along!
    With Love,

  19. Bev March 24, 2014 at 3:15 PM #

    So cute! Where did you find the polka dot fabric?? I can’t find it anywhere?? Thanks! My email is


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    […] Week 2 – Stripes & Polka Dots:  This little Skipper Dress has been worn at least once each washing cycle.  I’m really hoping to scale this pattern and digitize it as my first pattern offering.  Anyone want to help?  I feel like I’m spinning my wheels on the digitizing part. […]

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