Sunday, November 4, 2012

Long sleeve version of jersey dress with vintage feel.

Nope, I should not be sewing at all and I should definitely not be sewing for the youngest of my daughters who has clothes raining down on her from her big sister. IF I should be sewing it should be for my oldest who has a closet full of too short pants and long sleeved t-shirts. 
Oh and I should definitely not be 'wasting time' blogging about it. And yet here I am with a new post of a new jersey dress for my youngest daughter - hmmmm. Some things are just more fun than others....sewing and blogging versus painting and organizing is a (selfish) no brainer for me. I keep telling myself that the reason I am not doing what I was suppose to do is that the builders are still working in our new house but the truth is that there are projects in the house that could be started now without interfering with the builders. I knew I would be bad at this house-owner-thing....useless really.

So here we are with a model I first blogged about in THIS post. The fabric is a lovely interlock knit from The Fabric Fairy that was part of my prize when I won the blog Crafterhours' Skirt Week 2012 (the judge's choice) for THIS a-line skirt. Yippie!
And why do I think you could be interested in seeing another version of this dress? Weeeell, massive changes has happened - it has gotten long sleeves. 
I did not even think about changing the sleeves until the fabric was already cut but since the short sleeve has a bit of gathering by the ribbon I originally finished it off with I thought I could just add a tight long sleeve to the short sleeve and make it into a......ehhhh okay I have no idea what that type of sleeve is called but look at the photos and hopefully you will know what I mean.
At first I cut the long narrow sleeve in the same flower fabric as the rest of the dress but that made it look like a night gown. I did not have enough of the secondary green fabric to make long sleeves but luckily my fabric stash contained this purple knit ribbon which was perfect for the job. 
At some point I was considering simply making her a long sleeved t-shirt in the purple fabric that she could wear under the dress because that would give the same 'look' and more mix and match options but I guess my laziness won.
I could have chosen to sew the purple rib directly to the short flower sleeve but decided to add a panel of green to emphasize the illusion of a short sleeved dress with a long sleeved t-shirt under.

Otherwise there are not changes from the first version beside making it a bit wider and longer....the girl is growing as you can see. 
My husband accidentally called her a baby (in the meaning that she is our youngest) yesterday and was told in a very indignant tone that she is NOT a baby she is a girl! 
Yes ma'am!

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  1. This is adorable, Mie!!! I love the green panel with the pintucks and the purple buttons and the clever addition of the long sleeves!!!

  2. Adorable dress as is your daughter.. toooooooooo cute, I agree, sewing for the little ones , is so much
    more fun!!!

  3. Another beautiful dress! I love how you mixed the colors!
    My 2-year-old insists she is a "big girl" too :)

  4. That is so cute! I wish I had a little girl so I could make one :)

  5. Another add on to your lovely collection, the flower print fabrics are really eye catching, the length of the frock is perfect to be worn in autumn season.
    Gestuz online

  6. This dress is so cute! I just found out that the second child we are now expecting will be a girl so I'm getting all sorts of excited about sewing for her. I can't wait to explore more of your site!

  7. Very pretty and colorful! And beautifully sewn. I make knit dresses for my daughter, too. It's such a pleasure to make dresses yourself that are so much nicer than what you can find shopping.

    1. Thank you so much and YES it is definitely fun to make it exactly the way you want it!

  8. Hi Mie, I've featured your jersey dress today...

  9. So cute! And what a sweet little model you have too. Bless you.

  10. Super cute! I love all of the details and the tights you paired with it. Thanks for linking up!



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