This is McCall 5964, an out of print pattern that I used for little bit's Christmas dress (here's the link to the Pattern Review). I never blogged about her Christmas dress but it was adorable and fit great. This is a solid little pattern and I have no idea why these simple, solid patterns get discontinued so often.
I lengthened the dress since she's taller now. I added 1/2 inch to the bodice and 3/4 length to the skirt pieces. Width wise it still fit her perfectly (she'll be three in June for size reference). As far as construction, I love the way this pattern is put together, it is fully lined with the skirt lining shaped to be narrower than the skirt which allows for the tulle floofyness underneath. The sleeves have sweet gathers that make the sleeves stand out from the dress.
One thing about the accent around the waist, I am always trying to figure out how exactly to finish the waist accent on dresses, I've used piping, ribbon sashes, fabric sashes, etc and the thing I like about this version is it is nicely contoured to the waist and hugs it just enough. There are no loops to worry with or bows to come undone, although I love a big bow in the back of a child's dress its nice not to have to worry about it coming untied.
The eyelet is some I've had in my stash bought years ago at Joann's fabrics. I used it for big girl's Easter dress last year blogged here. I love eyelet but I've had a difficult time finding eyelet that is good quality. The pink fabric used for the accents and lining was thrifted and has a pretty cross weave. The tulle is some pink sparkly stuff and I have no idea when or where I bought it or for what purpose. The girls use it for dress up but now its a great little hidden sparkly layer to this dress.
Indeed she will. She loves the specialness of a new floofy dress and was so cooperative about her Christmas dress that I think this one will be a hit too.
Now on to a stash busting top for me.
|You have no idea the shenanigans that were going on while I took these pictures, bitty girl was pretending to be a ghost with a blanket over her head and in nothing but a diaper. Hilarious.|
This is the Made by Rae Ruby top I've made once before. This time I wanted to try the Ruby pattern on a men's silk shirt refashion. I thought this silk shirt would make a great Ruby top since the weight of the fabric is similar to rayon challis which I tried before. I cut the back of the Ruby top on the fold of the front of the men's shirt and now the buttons are a decorative accent down the back of the Ruby.
Washi Expansion Pack from Made by Rae. I didn't like the pointy part of the sleeve on the front of my blouse so I just tucked in the front part of the sleeve to make it rounded in the front. The back of the sleeves, as you can see above, I left pointy.
Again I can't wait to refashion more thrifted silks this way, the biggest challenge is finding a men's shirt large enough and without front pockets. I might have to try some other thrifted silks in the future! You really can't beat the price of a thrifted silk and you won't cry if your project crashes and burns! How about you, do you have any patterns you use for men's shirt refashions?
Linking up to "Sew it Chic in a Week" at Gray All Day.