Wow, I’m pretty sure that this title is the first time I’ve referred to my baby as a toddler. Sigh.
Anyway, on to this week’s new sewing challenge! Over the weekend, I went with a friend to do some out-of-town errands. Which, when you live in the Adirondacks, means driving an hour-and-a-half for a doctor’s appointment. But there was a Chipotle and a Target next door, so that was a bonus.
I also had to pop in an Old Navy for some returns. Target had been full of clearanced clothing items, so I browsed around Old Navy to see if I could find some fun knit fabric to use for a sewing project. While there, I saw this dress.
I loved the preppy vibe, and those stripes.
Then I found a blue and white striped sweater-type-shirt on clearance for $3.99, and I decided to take it home and see what I could do. I remembered this tutorial from MADE where Dana tutorialed how to turn a big sweater into a little one.
After tracing a dress that fit my daughter pretty well, I cut out the dress and then the sleeves. I was nervous about getting the sleeve shape right, and it was the first time I sewed them set-in style, but it seemed to work so I’ll roll with it. Then I removed the neck binding and sewed it on my new little dress. This went…mmm….okay. I’ve bound a neckline with knit before (for this dress), but never when the neck is already a circle. If anyone has some tips and tricks for this, I’d love to hear them!
I didn’t have to hem the bottom, since I used the shirts original hemline (love that!), so it was just a quick hem of the sleeves and I was done. The dress was simple and cute as is, but I did love that red heart on the original dress, so I did a quick applique of simple felt. I really loved the dress without any embellishment, and will probably see if I can take off the heart after Valentines Day.
And, the final verdict is…
Cute, but then again, she makes anything cute. The heart was a bit kindergarten-cut-out, though. I didn’t realize how big it was until it was on her little body. So I cut it down a bit and sewed it back on, this time using a buttonhole stitch.
Oh yes, much better. Right Lily?
Her strut says yes.