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!  


kristin said...

oh i love this dress! great call on those side seam pockets and the other changes you made. i seriously need this fabric now.

Kelly's Korner said...

She is such a lovely little lady! I can't believe that's a 5T! Ethan is up to size 16 pants! (The boy is a bottomless pit and craves carbs!!) I love the dress on her. It's very sweet and elegant with her hair up. :) And I love the background for your photos!

Corinnea said...

She is so very gorgeous. I love the dress!!! Love the changes especially for and older girl. You make the cutest things.

Jules said...

Wow, jenny, that is awesome! Totally you!

She looks like a model. She is beautiful. And wonderful photography and staging. It looks like it's from a catalog.


hey june said...

Your vision is amazing! I've made this pattern but never would've imagined it could look like this! I thought of that women's target shirt as soon as I saw this too. I've been holding back, but now I want to go buy it. Although I probably wouldn't look as cute in it as a 9 yr old girl...
(PS: totally had a dress like this covered in sunflowers in 3rd grade :)

Kara Forristall said...

So great! I had a few of those myself... I wore my docs w them too :) this one is awesome! Everything about it makes me want one SO bad... For me of course :)

Lightning McStitch said...

Such great decisions about the fit, the pattern changes and then that fabric? Too good!!!

Aliza Sartor said...

Awesome post!
what a princess! I think when we have wee ones that is what I am most excited to have girl's...dress them up!!!!!!

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