I've been meaning to make this dress for ages! I bought the sweater months ago from Goodwill, knowing it would make a darling dress for Little Sister. I finally got motivated to put it together when the holidays were rolling around and I knew it would be good to have an outfit that was festive AND comfy and not too formal for the types of events we participate in.
|For example, visiting Santa.|
I used a basic t-shirt bodice pattern I had drawn up based on one of Little Sister's tees, and cut it out to empire length at the top of the sweater, sewing new shoulder seams so I could make the opening smaller while still using the ribbed sweater neckline.
When I drew that pattern originally I made a few sleeve variations--this one uses the puffed sleeve no hem sleeve pattern (since I cut the sleeve from the bottom of the sweater sleeve and didn't need to sew a hem).
|The accessorizing is all her--she chose flower hair clips, zig-zag shoes, and purple pin-dot leggings.|
Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately, as it turned out), I cut the neckline too small and it was kind of snug over Little Sister's head. If an item is difficult to get on, she will NOT wear it, so I knew I had to remedy the situation if I wanted her to wear the dress. So I cut a facing out of t-shirt fabric and made a little elastic loop button opening in the back. Now it's easy to get on and off, even without undoing the button, and it's a cute little added detail.
|As if we needed any extra cuteness.|
I'll update this link with the Project Run and Play sew-along when it's ready (it's there now)--so fun to see what everyone has been making!