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Willow Shirt as a Shirt Dress.
I have always loved shirt dresses; they look so smart but are no-fuss and comfortable to wear. Here’s a quick tutorial to show you how to alter the Willow Shirt pattern to a dress length. You can use a wide variety of fabrics and make it any length you like with long or short sleeves. I recently made a size 12 in chambray for my friend’s granddaughter and added a tie belt. The design details and sewing instructions are the same as for the shirt.
To adjust the pattern:
1/ Trace out the complete pattern in the size required. Get a largish sheet of paper to make the new dress length pattern or enough paper to attach an extension to the existing pattern. There are three pattern pieces that will need to be lengthened; the main back, front and facing. All the other parts remain the same.
2/ Get the length measurement for the new dress: the most reliable place to measure length is on the centre back from the cervical bump at the base of the neck down to knee level. Then decide the finished length you would like for the dress; about 6 to 8cm / 2½-3” above the knee is a good length for a young girl. Note the finished length.
3/ Lengthen the back pattern:
Place the back yoke and body patterns together overlapping the yoke seam allowance. The edge of the yoke neckline sits at the cervical point on the body so measure down from here and mark the new hem length, add a couple of centimeters for the hem allowance.
Remove the yoke pattern and outline around the body pattern, use a ruler to extend the side seam and centre back lines to the new length.
If you want to keep the curved hem use the existing pattern to draw the new hem line. This will be a little wider now. Take care to get a squared 90 degree angle at the centre back/hem junction.
Make sure to mark the tuck notches at the yoke seam. Cut the new pattern out. The hem can be squared off if you prefer by lengthening the side seam to create a straighter hemline.
4/ Lengthen the front and facing patterns.
Outline around the front pattern. Mark the notch points on the armhole and neckline.
Place the new back pattern against the side seam and draw down so the front is the same length as the back.
Rule the centre front line down and use the existing pattern to shape the hem curve. Make sure to get a 90 degree angle at the centre front hem. Cut the pattern out.
Outline the facing and place the new front against the facing and draw down to get the new length and cut out.
Label the patterns and be sure to mark all the notch points,
The dress is ready to cut out now using all the remaining pattern pieces
If you want to add a tie belt simply decide how long and wide you want the finished belt, Use double the finished width for a bagged-out belt, add a small seam allowance and cut out. I also added belt loops to the waist of the dress.
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Today on the blog we have Mel from Filles à Maman she’s sharing with us her tips and inspiration for styling the patterns from One Thimble!
See the french version of this post on Filles à Maman blog here: Capsule d’été avec One Thimble.
Planning has never been my strong point. Often I would have crush on a pattern and a fabric and create an extraordinary piece. But the garment would rarely be worn because it didn’t fit with other pieces of the wardrobe or was an awkward match with other fabulous clothes. This happens less and less, thankfully. Now, projects are organized in CAPSULE.
“I had a lot of fun creating outfits with One Thimble Magazine.”
Becca Duval is offering fabulous tool on her blog Free Notion. Tops, bottoms, shoes and layers are arranged in a Sudoku grid. At the end everything goes perfectly all together. It may seem a little intimidating the first time, but this is the 4th time I have used this tool and I love it.
You will notice that even though there are 2 beautiful dresses in issue 10, they are not shown here. The only reason is because they don’t need to be matched to other clothes. You will also notice that only girls are represented in this article, don’t forget that I am a mother of 3 girls 🙂. We can also do the exercise with patterns from a few past magazines to create a complete capsule for boys. In this edition, Enid Slouch Beanie, Willow Shirt and Playproof Dungarees are unisex. The Bonfire Jacket (Ainslee Fox) from the issue 5 complete the look perfectly. See suggestions on the site in boys section.
Girls summer capsule:
From top to bottom, form left to right.
Legend: OT10 = One Thimble 10
1-OT10: Willow Dress (Bubby & Me Creations) only the top of the dress
2-OT10: Playproof Dungarees (Serger Pepper)
3-OT10: Enid Slouch Beanie (Rosie Petal)
4-Rain boots: Joe Fresh
5-OT9: Good Forture Headwrap (Rosie Petal)
6-Printed running shoes-Joe Fresh
7-OT10: Playproof Dungarees skirt edition (Serger Pepper)
8-OT10 ET OT5: Willow Dress (Bubby & Me Creations) only the top of the dress AND Percy Pineapple applique from OT5.
9-OT10: Jolie skirt (FAM) with zippered pockets option, see below for the link.
10-OT10: Willow shirt (Felicity Sewing Patterns)
11-OT5: Bonfire Jacket (Ainslee Fox)
12-OT10: Enid Slouch Beanie (Rosie Petal)
13-Shoes: Joe Fresh
15-OT10: Willow shirt (Felicity Sewing Patterns)
16-OT10: Jolie skirt (FAM) with zippered pockets option, see below for the link.
Mix and match:
I had made a beautiful headband in 2 colors. The girls “played” with it. It was a great treasure hunt that ended with … nothing. The headband is lost. It is almost certain that I will find it once the photo session has ended. It’s always like that! 🙂 Can you relate?
There is a tutorial to add zippered pockets on Jolie skirt on the blog “here“. My beautiful C so loved her top with the pineapple, she slept in it.
If you like what you see, go grab One Thimble 10 here: ONE THIMBLE MAGAZINE. And encourage talented indie designers to pursuit their dream!
Sew organized! Think Capsule!
I am totally utterly in love with Irene from Serger Pepper’s Playproof Dungaree pattern. Overalls are one of those things that go in and out of fashion and each time they come back there’s fit changes that can make the difference between hitting the trend and missing it completely.
I think it’s safe to say she totally nailed the 2016 Dungaree look!
… and then she made things even better with a skirted version of the pattern.
If you’ve got a copy of One Thimble Issue 10 remember to get your discount code from page 66 or page 108 and download the skirted version of the Playproof Dungaree for FREE before 20th April 2016.
If you don’t have a copy of Issue 10 but you’re still keen to get your hands on the skirted version of the Playproof Dungaree you can purchase it direct from Irene’s website -> HERE
Here’s some more of Irene’s wonderful tester photos of the Playproof Dungaree – regular and skirted version!
Let’s go on a sewing adventure! Here’s a Sneak Peek Inside Issue 10!
She’s taking part today in the One Thimble Issue 9 blog hop!
So lets hand things over to Alana for her Mash up of the Festive Felties pattern and Trapeze Eloise FMA!
Issue 9 of One Thimble was released before Christmas, and I have finally had chance to have a play with some of the amazing patterns that came in it. I really wanted to try free motion applique by Ric-Rac and Retro and the cute felties by Molly and Mama, so I did a bit of pattern mash.
I adore working print with print, and I love lots of colour. It was very easy to dive into my bag of Jennifer Paganelli scraps and quickly find some fun brights to coordinate with my Tanya Whelan spots and stripes.
I did not use the cupcake base, as it was not needed in this technique.
It was the first time I had done this style of applique with my darning foot, and boy it was fun!! I had a bit of a revelation about half way around that I realised I didn’t even need to rotate my work, I could just more sideways! So funny.
Looking forward to sprucing up all those plain t-shirts in the girls’ drawers.
Jump on the blog tour and visit some other gals sewing up a storm from issue 9:
Monday, January 11th
Tuesday, January 12th
Wednesday, January 13th
Thursday, January 14th
Friday, January 15th