Week 3 of Project Run and Play is here and the theme of the week was repurposing. I decided to sew for Finnley this week and since my daughter tries to put on a knit summer dress most mornings, I thought that a more weather appropriate comfy dress would probably get a lot of use.
I ended up making her a colour blocked dress using some old t-shirts for the fabric. Not the most creative upcycle, but you can get quite a bit of yardage out of a cheap t-shirt so definitely economical. My inspiration for this dress was this Burda pattern. I felt pretty confident that I could recreate something similar so decided to save myself a bit of money and make my own pattern. I started with a t-shirt pattern that I added some extra length to so that it was dress length. For my starting point I used a soon to be released pattern from Shwin and Shwin. To add the colour blocking I retraced the front piece of the pattern to change it from cutting it on the fold to making it one piece. I wanted the back to be a solid colour so I just left that pattern piece alone. (Sorry for poor quality of the next few pictures, but if you are interested in what I did you can see it when you click on them and look at them full size).
Once I had my new pattern piece I decided where I wanted my colour blocking to be and simply drew lines directly on the pattern. Then cut along the lines which meant my new bodice pattern was 3 pieces.
For the sleeves I kept the original pattern piece which is cut on the fold and then drew my colour blocking line and cut along it.
Then I decided where I wanted each colour to go and cut the pieces out making sure to add seam allowance where I was going to attach each piece. I then took all the pieces and sewed them together. Once I had my front and sleeves put together I assembled it the same way I put together a basic T-shirt.
The other changes I made to create this dress was to add a flutter sleeve and add a band of fabric on the bottom to pull the bottom in a little bit. Although I love the addition of the flutter sleeves I do think I made them a bit too wide and heavy so they lie a bit more flat than I would like.
Pretty happy with how this one turned out and have some plans, if I can ever find the time, to make her a few more simple knit dresses.
Finnley seems to love the dress if these pictures are any indication, which means success!