Thursday, May 28, 2009

T-shirt Dress

I did indeed find time to work on the dress for my younger daughter. It was done mostly in 10-20 minute bits of time throughout the day. My sewing room is centrally located in the house and it's easy for me to do that sort of thing. Certainly, I would prefer a larger chunk of time to work, but I'll take what I can get.

The dress is a version of Kwik Sew 2918. The bodice is cut off about three inches below the armhole. A large rectangle gathered at one long edge and hemmed at the other long edge makes the skirt. I initially bound the neckline but it didn't look good, so I took it off and put on a narrow neckband instead. The puffed sleeves are bound at the bottom.

The bloomers are Butterick 3782. Instead of making a casing for the waist and leg elastic, I serged the elastic to the wrong side, turned it down to the inside so that the elastic was covered and then sewed it down with a triple zigzag stitch. The gathers stay evenly distributed this way and the elastic can't twist up.

I also used this fabric to make a T-shirt for my other daughter. This dress and bloomers used up the rest of it.

I was hoping to get a dress for my older daughter cut out tonight, but the kids weren't particularly interested in going to bed easily. Starting it now wouldn't be a good idea. Maybe tomorrow...


  1. Oh this is SO cute !'s so much fun to change a pattern, and you did a super job!

  2. Enjoying your blog. I'm a beginner at sewing and knitting, so you are an inspiration. Keep up the great work.

    Oh, and I love your "blessings" tags. Such a sweet reminder of the Lord's goodness (HE was the first garment designer anyway, right?)