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|You Can Make This: 01 (http://www.youcanmakethis.com/) - Type:Kids(boys & girls)|
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|Posted on:||2/28/13 6:57 PM |
|Last Updated:||3/2/13 9:46 PM|
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|Pattern Rating:||Easy & Great for Beginners |
|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Sorry for the delay with the pics. We've had a few full rich days here at Chez Insanity. First I could NOT find the camera. (Husband's car-- why it was there, no one knows. Finally found it today when we went to lunch.) I set my oven on fire last night. I'm panicking, because I'd never had a kitchen fire before, and hoping that the filet mignon I was making for the hubs would be okay. I was also wondering what he'd say about this calamity. Turns out, he was so engrossed in Jeopardy , he didn't even notice the smoke (very light), burning smell (rather strong), or get it when I said "the fire was out and everything's OK." He actually thought I was responding to a Jeopardy clue! I'm not kidding. At any rate, I was so befuddled after that incident that I didn't continue Camera Search 2013 after dinner. Then I was looking today, I decided to check our spare bedroom. When I walked in, the room spelled of ylang ylang so strongly. Turns out, whoever was in the room last left an essential oil diffuser on. Fortunately nothing to note beyond that room smelling like ylang ylang-- and it probably will for a few more days. Getting the pics turned into more of an adventure than making the dress. Any new info will have the first few words in CAPS to stand out.|
Pattern Description: Little girls' dress with optional apron. Straps slip through buttonhole on top bodice and tie. Has options for using multiple fabrics. Optional contrast trim for apron (and skirt bottom).
Pattern Sizing: 6 months to 12 years.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except I used no hem contrast and no apron feature.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Exceedingly. Numerous photos and illustrations. If you have a color printer, her photos and pattern are in color. However, she uses high contrast fabrics so if you do NOT use a color printer, you can easily see the details. Note: not all the pieces you need have a pattern. For the basic rectangles, she gives dimensions and you cut that from the measurements.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? will add with pics-- must check my taters now!
Fabric Used: Various cottons from stash, minus one piece. The pink straps are from an old piece of cotton I had left from lining a bag. I also used the pink under the linen cotton blend with a light blue floral print. It is very light and vaguely sheer. I used an embroidery from Urban THreads to mimic the clover lace of the inspiration bodice. It isn't exact, but this design has an almost 4 point shape to suggest the clover. I used light blue to make the flowers and a very soft green (to fade away) for the stem/leaf stitching. stitching fun The eyelet for the skirt is a cotton I bought before I got my machine! I just loved the tie dye effect and the colors and the silvery stitching.
I KNOW THE alignment is wonky, but here is the embroidery. click here
My original thought was a skirt for me, but the more I looked at it, the more I thought it was a too youthful. When I saw this dress from Miu Miu, click here I thought this fabric would be a good replacement for the solid mauvey-pink for the skirt portion. I really like many of Miu Miu's designs, but I do think they are generally very youthful, and this is really a perfect example of that. A good friend of ours has a little girl with a coming second birthday, and I thought this dress would be so cute on her little girl. Of course given that Miu Miu is expensive (a jersey dress is over $800!!), there's no way we (or they) could get a little girl a designer dress that she'd likely outgrow by the end of the summer!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Actually, this dress is extremely easy!! A great first project! The project was a bit more elaborate though, because I was trying to use a free pattern to replicate the Miu Miu dress, but the Oliver+S popover didn't get the right shape right. Then I tried the free Lazy Days skirt and the Tie Dye Diva free skirt from You Can Make This, only adding a square bodice and straps. OK-- but not quite. I'd had this pattern in my YCMT wish list for a while, and the more I looked at it, the more I liked the way it had many similar lines. The biggest difference to my inspiration is the fabrics-- the hardest part to replicate in general. The other difference is the strap width. The Miu Miu has a lovely pleated shoulder cap. This dress has a basic strap. In some ways, this change makes more sense for an active toddler. Little caps like on the original dress are impractical on a 2 year old who isn't doing a step-pose-repeat!
What I did change was the buttonhole-knotted strap. I think this is a cute and adjustable feature, but to recreate my inspiration I thought it was too casual. Now this is where I encountered issues because I wasn't sure if I wanted a hidden snap. I started there, but I didn't like the way the snap was attached. So I scrapped the pieces as I had them and picked through the stash for a new fabric for the top "lace" feature. I originally used a sheer white crinkle cotton with the embroidery (and I basically liked it better, you could see the pink better-- much like the inspiration piece). I eventually found the linen cotton blend and figured it gave a light enough quality. Now the straps are sewn in. Another change (or quirk): I used the selvedge for the bottom of the skirt and cut the skirt several inches longer. I've got to get a height on the kid! So it is wearable now, just not hemmed.
FYI, BASED on the pattern measurements against this dress, the skirt portion was cut at about the same length as the skirt plus hem band plus about half an inch. I also need to shorten the straps, maybe by cutting them and flat felling the raw edges to neaten them. I didn't shorten them anywhere near enough!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes! And yes! In fact, I think I can use it this weekend for another birthday gift! SOMETHING TO THINK about: I wonder if the straps would be better cut on the bias? You need a lot of flex to them, given the knotting and inserting through the buttonholes. It wasn't an issue here because I didn't use the buttonholes and knots, but I thought about it as I trying to situate the dress on the dress form. Please Ignore the white spot near the bodice portion. I didn't even notice until I saw the pics that I basically put this on over the spot that says Custom Fit. Doh!
Conclusion: Love it!! (pics to come) And here is a pic of my version alone.click here DOH REDUX-- some untrimmed threads! Great pattern!
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