Striped Ruffled T Shirt Dress
If you have bigger kids you sew for, you may sympathize with how hard it can be to "get it right" with this age group. At 10 Lily is a fan of fashion. We watch project Runway together and she does have a keen sense for fashion. But kids at this age don't want to stand out from the crowd too much, fashion savvy or not. Lily wants her clothes to look store bought, not crafty and handmade. Baaa!!!
Having raised two girls older than her, I know that this is most likely just a phase and she will eventually reclaim her inner diva and no longer be concerned with what the kids at school say when she shows up in her mustache dress or a vintage re- creation. But for the moment, my goal when sewing for her is to make things that look like we may have bought them at The Gap.
I love this striped cotton fabric and bought it at one of my favorite shops in downtown LA, Micheal Levine's Loft, If you ever are in downtown LA you have to stop by there! It's a big wearhouse across from the shop and al of the fabric there is $2.50 a pond! Which means I got this fabric for like 50 cents or something! What I love about shopping there beside the fabric being almost free is the fabrics are actually from local clothing manufacturers and reflect some of the trends in fashion.
Image courtesy of Miss Crayola Creepy
This dress was really simple. I had a knit t shirt block I drafted for her. I traced the top from some striped cotton knit and then cut out two widths of the knit for the skirt. I had some cotton ribbing that matched the stripes bought at The loft that matched the striped fabric, and used some to make a connecting waistband and a neck band. I just left the skirt unhemmed since lots of dresses in shops are left unhemmed. easier for me! I didn't measure anything and just eyeballed it. I'm thinking of doing a tutorial. This dress is just so easy.
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