SEWING SEWING FOR KIDS

SUPER ONLINE SEWING MATCH ROUND TWO

July 23, 2013

For round two of the Super Online Sewing Match the challenge was sewing up this adorable little dress pattern from Oliver and S – The Roller Skate Dress.  Amazingly enough I have never sewn one of their patterns before so I was really excited to give it a try.  I now know why their patterns are so popular (aside from the fact their designs are simple, European style, children’s clothing) – the patterns are professional and well made, with detailed instructions.  I learned quite a few tricks as I put this together and had a really great experience doing so.

When thinking about fabric for this challenge I realized that if I kept shopping in the garment district for these projects I would soon go broke so I decided to look into what I had in my closet to up cycle.  Then I remembered this amazing Anthropologie dress (originally $178) that I got for $9 off the clearance rack because of two 10 inch long rips in the skirt.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to salvage the dress to wear, but at $9 I couldn’t pass up the amazing fabric and knew it would be a great up cycle project of some sort.  So finally, 3 years later, it is getting turned into a little girl dress.  The fabric is an amazing navy and white striped silk/cotton blend with a beautiful drape.  The lining was made from the lining of the actual dress – 100% white cotton, which was essential because the outside fabric is somewhat sheer.  I did have some moments in the middle of sewing this dress that I cursed my choice of fabrics as it was a little slippery and tricky due to the silk content, but in the end I love how the choice of fabric makes the dress feel a little more upscale and dressy while still feeling youthful enough with the nautical color palette and pattern.

Collar :

In my opinion this was definitely the hardest part of the dress.  It took me a few tries to get everything perfect.  But in the end I love it.  I feel like the wave/point goes well with the nautical feel of the fabric. In the back I added a button loop and a fabric colored button that I made out of some scraps of matching fabric.

Hem :

I created a wide 4 inch band across the bottom of the skirt as the hem.  I liked the visual interest of the horizontal with the vertical stripes.  For the lining I made a simple 1/4 inch hem.

Inside Seams:

Because of the sheerness of the main fabric I used french seams to keep everything tidy.  I also made a little thread chain on both of the side seams to connect the lining to the dress to keep everything in place.

Waistband :

I couldn’t use the patterns instructions for the waistband because the elastic would have shown through my main fabric, so instead I created a small casing which I stitched to the lining to encase the elastic.

Outside :

Inside :

Well, that is it.  I kept it pretty simple and clean, but I am really proud of the attention to detail and finishing work of the seams, lining etc…  

Can’t wait to make a tunic version next.

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17 Comments

  • Reply Michelle July 23, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Great Job Kelli! Beautiful workmanship and I love that you used the Anthro dress!

  • Reply Kristie July 24, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Love it, it looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply katherine h July 24, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Cuter and cuter! Great use of the Anthro dress.

  • Reply Jessica July 24, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Your version of this dress so lovely, especially because it is upcycle! I’m impressed by the details too–good luck on the sewing match.

  • Reply lisa g. July 24, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    beautiful dress! i haven’t tried any Oliver & S patterns, but this one i’ve thought of getting–and may after seeing your version. well done on the finishing!

  • Reply Lucinda Poel July 24, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    love, love this! The contrast striped band along the hem is such a great detail – makes me wonder if I can stash shop some striped fabric to try the same! And your choice of collar fabric is a great contrast to the rest of the dress. Just stunning!

  • Reply Anonymous July 24, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    this is beautiful. great job!

  • Reply Laurel July 24, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    This is lovely! Such a great use for that print!

  • Reply Beth July 24, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Love the band at the bottom. Most of the versions of this dress I like have something different going on at the bottom. Great re-use of fabric.

  • Reply nest full of eggs July 24, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Making a thread chain to connect the lining to the dress is a brilliant idea!

  • Reply Leuinda Fields July 25, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Wow! I love up-cycling projects and this one is fabulous. All the little details are so charming. A winner for sure!

    Leu
    http://www.leusewsinnyc.wordpress.com

  • Reply nest full of eggs July 27, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    I think people would love to see this dress over at the O+S flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/oliverands/
    If you are on flickr and able to add it…

  • Reply gingermakes July 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    This is so, so pretty! I absolutely love it, and what an awesome upcycle! Alpha’s smile kills me– she’s so cute!

  • Reply ashley July 28, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    This looks incredible Kelli! All the details and finishings are beautiful. And I miss that cute little face :). She’s looking so grown up.

  • Reply dixie August 14, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    she looks so cute! (and dare i say grown up, such a stylish little lady) loved that you re-used an old dress and ran the stripes in different directions. i bet you’ve got a lot of fabric left. maybe you could whip up a top for your little boy? 😉

  • Reply Sarah Culp October 7, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    I am IN LOVE with this dress!!

  • Reply Sarah Culp October 7, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    I’m in LOVE with this dress. Kelli, you are a sewing wizard. Alpha is the sweetest little thing – and so adorable in that dress!

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