I was inspired by a few different dresses that I saw online. I loved the pleated bodice on this one:
|Great tutorial and printable pattern (size 4/5T) by Jennifer at |
Un Petit Design--how adorable is that kid of hers?!
And the puffed sleeves and OF COURSE the pockets on this one:
|This tutorial is part of a series from Shwin & Shwin, a blog with seriously beautiful clothes and fantastic tutorials.|
Also, the gathered skirt and re-used original hemline on this one:
|An upcycling tutorial from another sewing blogger that I love,|
Jessica at Me Sew Crazy.
And the mock-turtleneckline of this one:
|Just a dress that I want from Target. |
It's in my cart, but I'm waiting to buy it until I have enough other things to qualify for free shipping :)
I washed it, chopped it up, followed bits and pieces of the tutorials I linked to above, and came up with this little gem!
I love puffed sleeves for the sweet detail, but also for the forgiving nature. You don't have to be very precise when cutting out puffed sleeves, because you'll just gather them enough to fit your armhole. The Shwin & Shwin tunic tutorial links to a great explanation of making puffed sleeves. Works for me!
That's right! It's the boy! He's got on a really quick sweater I made for him by cutting up an old sweater of his dad's.
These guys were totally in the mood to have their pictures taken--lucky me! It can be such a battle sometime! We had a lot of fun.
|The "back" view|
To make this sweater, I just used a long-sleeved t-shirt of The Boy's as a guide, and cut up the old sweater into a front/back panel (I left the original neckline intact so this was all one piece) and two sleeves. I really liked the shoulder detail that resulted from cutting the original raglan sleeves off and reattaching standard sleeves. It almost has an epaulette feel.
|Showing off the shoulder for me|
I left the side seams open about 4 inches at the bottom, then hemmed and stitched the loose ends down. I like the casual look but also it's practical because the bottom of the sweater doesn't need to have as much stretch this way.
And this is how I know when our photo shoot is over: