Thursday, May 13, 2010

Picnic Dress


Finished another dress for kids clothes week. This one is for Claire. I didn't use a pattern again. Definitely had some hang ups along the way & it looks a bit different than I intended it to, but I love it. Still, I'm thinking that maybe I need to try to follow some patterns. Going without can be a bit of a headache at times, but I love not spending the money on a pattern. Aren't I cheap?


I based this one off of another dress of hers that I like a lot. It's elastic around the neck so it goes on & off really easily. The dress I was copying had a elastic gathered waist as well, but I ran out of elastic when I messed up the neck a few times. Also, the pleat is something I added because I made the neck hole too large. In the end I think the pleat was a happy accident. I like it as it is now. A lot. And messy braids? Don't even get me started on messy braids! :)




24 comments:

Melanie said...

this post made me smile!! It is really cute, I love the large plaid it is perfect for the style.

Melissa said...

I love the pleat... it's funny that it was originally unintended. Happy accident indeed! :)

Kayanna said...

I love this!! I really want one in my size :)

Amanda said...

Great job, I just started a dress today with no pattern. Hope I have an accident like yours :)

abby @ tales and trials said...

I want one in my size too! That dress is too cute.

Candace said...

did i say neck hole? i really did. oh my.

holly p said...

Love it! The pleat was definitely a happy accident, it makes the dress!

Erin said...

this is so pretty, i love it! it's like the little girl version of this lovely top by flourclothing: http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=493

Chris said...

I like the pleat a lot. Way to go! Best part, Claire seems to like it too. :)

Linkie Lueville said...

love love love it! sewing without patterns is like an unplanned road trip! i love it! and you can do it at home while the kids are sleeping. no gas involved!

ingrid said...

I love happy accidents! The pleat is just gorgoeus, my favourite part!

Elizabeth said...

Its very very cute. If you want basic patterns but not the cost - check out childrens clothing books on ebay - i got a great second hand one with patterns that you copy & scale up and gives you all the basic shape templates toexperiment with! Though I admire your confidence to just go for it!!

Donna/Sara from Kindred Crafters said...

Oh that last picture, Candace! She's too much cute! The dress suits her so well.
~Sara

sneezerville said...

i think that it looks great! to hell with patterns! oops, sorry pattern designers, i didn't mean it.

sew nancy said...

the fabric is great and your little girl looks adorable in her new dress.

Courtney said...

Oh, I love it! I hope you figure out how to make it again, so that you can post a tutorial on how to make it so I can make one! :-)
That's how I avoid buying patterns, I scrounge up all the free tutorials I can find online (there are TONS for girls dresses and clothes, not as much for anything else and hardly any for menswear) I get the benefit of a guide like a pattern without the cost or sometimes difficult to understand or modify side effects of a store bought pattern.

hanci06 said...

I have that kind of fabric for a long time in my stash and didn't know what to do with it.Except is brown,not red,but now I know what will I sew next!

Lauralee said...

love the pleat-it really completes it. The whole dress is so darn cute.

cfmomof1 said...

Candace~ Look at how big Claire is....I hope everything is going well. I miss Sadie like crazy......I hope you ALL are doing well!

Lynne said...

I love the fabric choice. Great dress!!

busbyhive said...

SOOOOOO Cute! I wish my mess ups turned out that good!!

Claire Kiefer said...

That's an adorable dress and an adorable girl! (With an adorable name, haha!)

kiddlebug said...

That is way too cute!!! My jaw actually dropped a little!!

Amy said...

I love it! Might have to make one for my niece!

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