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Made by Me Monday – Pintucked Sally Dress & KCWC Fall 2013

2013 October 21

I have decided to take on the Kid’s Clothes Week Challenge this fall! I feel a bit behind, since everyone else has been doing this for like… forever… I even had to look up what it was. (Shhh… don’t tell anyone!) So, just in case you don’t know what it is either I will give you my 2 sentence understanding of the challenge. 1) You agree to sew for your kids (at least) 1 hour every day for 7 days starting today. 2) You load your photos up to the kid’s clothes week website and blog about it if you want to. ~ Sounds easy?

I’m excited because my oldest actually needs a few things this fall. Cardigans, leggings, zip-up sweaters, dresses… ummm… 1 hour a day is not going to cut it! I’m also excited because I’ve got some great patterns to work with from the Sew Fab bundle. I was going to write out my plan for the week, but I still have to think it up! I will see if I can get more organized tomorrow.  Are you going to join the challenge, I’m curious, what are you going to sew?! 

Back to today, this Made by Me Monday’s project was going to start on Friday night. I have a Sewcial club, we named ourselves the Material Girls, at my place once a month and I had everything ready to cut out. Until it didn’t happen… turns out it was more fun to talk about sewing than actually sew something! So, I worked on it Saturday night and finished it late Saturday early Sunday, in time to wear to church.

When I first saw the Sally dress from Very Shannon patterns (luvinthemommyhood) it made me want to sew it. It looks like such a happy dress – and I love the square neckline and giant pockets. (Helps that her daughter looks super-cute in it too!) Anyhow – because my bloggy budget is not huge I put buying things like patterns on the back burner – fabric comes first! – and about jumped for joy to see it included in the Sew Fab bundle. Really! It was the second pattern that I printed the instructions for a few weeks ago and while I was waiting for some others to print, I decided to design it up a bit and doodled on the pattern cover like so:

Awesome! It was so easy to design it when I drew over the lines in the photo and I’m super excited that the end result looks very much like my drawing! I had some green Kona and California Dreamin’ from my Bee Modern Fabrics trip. And, since my youngest daughter had chosen the California Dreamin’ herself I decided to make her the dress.

Overall I am happy with how the dress turned out. It is SUCH a cute pattern! I love the neckline and the elbow sleeves (and the giant pockets!). It is very well written and includes very detailed instructions, including how to fully line the bodice the “proper” way. All of the instructions are illustrated – making everything very professional. It was also nice to only have 2 pages to print out for the pattern pieces – the bodice and the sleeve!

The details I added were pretty easy, though time consuming. The large pleat – similar to Figgy’s Scirocco – and the 2 pintucks on either side. Also the tiny pleats on the sleeves that I had so much fun ironing (ha!). The tiny pompom trim was the thing that gave me the most trouble. It had almost no flat space to work with beside the pompoms, so I tried stitching it on with a zipper foot – only to have to try again – and rip stitches and again – and rip stitches and… again. Argh! I should have hand-stitched it on – but once I had figured that out I was on the last pocket, I’m slow to give up on machine stitching something!

Unfortunately, there is one thing I am not so happy with. I think I gave this pattern a run for it’s money by not making a muslin of the bodice. Since it does not have any zippers or button closures, it turns out that it is super hard to get on and off of my daughter. I was a bit worried about it when I was adding the long sleeves that it would not have enough room, and I suppose I should have listened to myself. If I was making it with long sleeves again I would add in enough room to put a long-ish zipper in the back, one that extends past the bodice and into the skirt – since the bottom of the bodice is the tight area that makes it hard to get into. I also have to say that my daughters both have arms that are not super skinny – so that likely doesn’t help either!

I’m curious to know what you think of the Sally dress – will you give it a go? It is SO cute… I’m wondering if I should make a sleeveless version for my oldest for KCWC because she loves to wear her summer dresses to school in the winter with long sleeved tops underneath. I also think that removing the sleeves will allow for her to more easily put it on. We’ll see!

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  1. October 21, 2013

    So adorable! I love how your version turned out! Great job!

    • October 30, 2013

      Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by to check it out Shannon! Sorry for the late reply – you’d think I would have noticed that you checked it out by now… argh computers! :)

  2. October 21, 2013

    I love pin tucking! It’s simple and yet it really adds charm to the garment.
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  3. Seams Sew Laura permalink
    October 21, 2013

    Thread Riding Hood you’ve done it again! This is awesome! I’m in love and need to find some time to make a couple for my girls. Wow! Love the sleeves!

  4. October 22, 2013

    I love this. the color/print combo is amazing. I can totally understand the whole “I’ll sew this on the machine because it’s faster.” mindset that won’t let you give up even though in reality it took waaay longer. I do that all the time. Beautiful job on the dress.

    • October 22, 2013

      Thanks Kristi! I’m glad you like it. Why do we do that? Argh … got to brush up on my hand-sewing skills I guess.

  5. October 23, 2013

    Really great details! Just adorable.

    • October 23, 2013

      Thank You Angela! I’m glad you like it. I’m so happy with the results.

  6. October 23, 2013

    The changes you made to the pattern are delightful. She looks adorable!
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    • October 23, 2013

      Thanks so much Stacia! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment – makes my day! :)

  7. Kate permalink
    October 23, 2013

    I love this! Your additions turned out beautiful! I started making a Sally dress for my daughter, but I got frustrated adding the sleeves on, not sure what I’m doing wrong. I put it aside to work on other things, maybe I’ll figure out the sleeves soon! Yours is so adorable I want to finish now!

    • October 23, 2013

      Thanks Kate :) I found the sleeves a bit tight along the sleeve cap – but I didn’t do it like she said. I omitted the basted gathering stitches which likely would have made it a bit easier to set in. I’m glad you like this one! If you finish yours I’d love to see it – maybe it just needed a break and it will all come together when you pick it back up! I love how everyone’s version of a pattern turns out different. It’s inspiring! :)

  8. October 24, 2013

    Super! Fantastic! I love everything about the dress, but the pintucks and the ruffles on the sleeves are my fave features of this dress :)
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    • October 24, 2013

      Thanks Jenya! I’m so excited about them too – they turned out just like I had hoped!

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