Monday, September 8, 2014

Sally Dress or 90's baby doll dress

The Sally Dress.
Pattern by Very Shannon, Fabric from etsy.
The fabric is a rayon challis and like butta. 
I made this for Emily after finding a really super cute one from H&M that is black with kitty heads all over it and it instantly reminded me of my youth. When working at Yardage City starting in '92, I sewed so many of these for myself.  I had one with sunflowers all over it, paint splatter, hats, etc. I LOVED them. I would wear them with Docs or tights and flats. So when I saw this one at H&M I had to get it and make her some more! The Sally pattern was the closest pattern I could find without going to Joanns and looking at the pattern books.
*it's about 90 degrees out and i made her put the sweater, tights and boots on to model this. Is that mean?
The modifications I made are this:
I omitted the huge pockets on the sides and added in-seam pockets.
I added a key-hole opening in the back only because the H&M one had it.
I didn't line it or use facing but instead used bias tape made from the same fabric.
Emily is 9 and has a chest of about 23" so I made a 5t. I probably should have made one size bigger but I didn't want it so huge the neck was gaping or it looked messy. 
I also shortened the sleeves quite a bit. Those things were big and boxy! Like a guys t-shirt sleeve.
I think that's all I modified...

Isn't this fabric the cutest???? Why can't I ever find rayon like this? I had to get it from a seller in Hong Kong.   I bought this many many months ago and just finally got to it but Target has a whole line of clothing for women made from the print!  

Friday, September 5, 2014

Tucker and Tate knock-off

The green top is from the brand Tucker and Tate. The blue floral is my knock-off version.
Both the blue floral and the red and white stripe on the one I made are from Joann's and the blue is like a voile. I copied the shirt by laying it down and tracing and adding seam allowance. The neck doesn't lay as flat as I'd like but I don't know how to fix that. I guess I shouldn't have dropped out of fashion design...
I already made another one out of Anna Maria Horner Voile and while the fabrics I used are GORGEOUS the fabric sewed up much different than this voile (that I'm not sure is a voile or a lawn or just a really thin cotton). The neck is wonky because the AMH voile is so soft and thin. I'll blog that soon.
I am really wanting to copy a bunch of the girls ready made clothes because I'm just not seeing many kids patterns out there that I want to make.  

I love the back.

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