Welcome to day 2 of the Safari Raglan Tee and Dress Week. If you missed the first post you can find it HERE.
Today we are venturing a little bit out of the original pattern by adding a lower pleated hem piece which turns the tee into a dress. The pattern also comes with a dress option but I have not sewn that yet so I'm not going to talk about that. Yikes, does that mean we need a day 4?!
I made her a size 8 (which she is turning today, eeek) and this is the full length of the tee version of the pattern. So that means the pattern have added length for hemming your tee at the bottom, but I'm just using 1 cm / 3/8" to sew the pleat part on. (I'm saying this to explain why it looks so long on her for a tee.) That worked out perfectly for this style.
The new lower piece is simply a rectangle that I randomly pleated with pins before sewing it on to the tee's lower hem. I just made sure that the side seams and center front and back notches matched and after that there was no rules. Some are small and some are bigger, some turn one way and some the other. Easy peasy.
Here are the measurements for my rectangle, size 8:
Height: 22 cm (8") (1 cm SA at the top and 2 cm SA at the bottom for hemming included).
Length: 82 cm (32") (SA for side seams included).
Cut two (front and back) and mark your CF and CB with a notch (tiny snip in fabric).
Of course these measurements has to be adjusted if you are doing other sizes but this will give you an idea of where to start.
I would suggest you sew the tee and try it on your child when only hemming is left to be done, then measure from bottom of tee (minus 1 cm SA) to where you want the dress to end and then cut your rectangle for pleat piece, adding SA for hemming too.
Here is a close up of some random pleats.
And can you handle another round of me cheering for my cover stitch machine?! This dress was washed and NOT ironed before this shoot. I love how the stitches (any stitches of course not just cover stitches but since they are stretchable it's more practical for knit) still keeps the seams flat. Oh, and no flipping/rolling hems either - which also can be caused by fabric, lets be fair here. Just thought I would mention it.
The same with the neckline seam. Okay, a quick press would have looked better but this is absolutely acceptable to me, ha. Anything to not iron after wash and wear, ha. But always iron while you sew...let me be very clear about that bahaha.
This fabulous cotton interlock knit is (also) from Miss Matatabi. Gosh I love it SO much and it was such a pleasure to work with....and W says to wear.
That's it for today.
Tomorrow is the grand finale with swan dresses (I'm sure you by now know what I'm talking about, right!) and an example of my extremely poor skills of buying enough fabric for a project - hence why so many of my projects ends up being color blocked, hehe. Yeah, I bet you thought I just liked color blocking that much, right! LOL.
Get your own safari Raglan Tee and Dress pattern HERE.