First off, can I say I’m ready for the rain to stop?? I need better places to take pictures than our guest room, but the lighting is the best in that particular room and since we can’t go outside due to the weather, what you see is what you get. I probably should not complain too much considering it’s supposed to be in the high 60’s and mid 70’s for the next week. Rain, Rain, go away!
I am participating in the March challenge for Project Run and Play again since I had so much fun last month. The pattern chosen was the Knot Dress by Jessica at Me Sew Crazy. The dress was really cute so it took me a little bit to figure out what to do other than sew the exact pattern, which isn’t against the rules however I really am using this particular forum to challenge myself.
I came up with knot dress = nautical? I don’t know. Just go with it. I had previously pinned a blue/white striped dress (sorry, I can’t seem to save the image) on pinterest that I loved and wanted to use as inspiration for a dress someday. I don’t know why or if it’s even valid, but blue and white stripes remind me of a nautical theme. Again, I just went with it.
I had searched for striped fabric and found 1″ stripes in navy and aqua at Hawthorne Threads, which is quickly becoming a top source of fabric for me. When brainstorming ideas, I decided to simplify the pattern. I loved the circle cut out on the back and the knot concept, I just decided to subtract a few of the knots.
I took a billion pictures for a tutorial, but decided the pictures don’t have the greatest lighting so I’ll hold off unless I get any interest from readers.
I made 2T and 4T dresses with modifications. I wanted them to be similar but not the same. I ended up with the 2T having a narrower bodice, no ties/knots at the shoulder, and a gathered skirt with a band at the bottom instead of ties/knots. For the 4T, I went with a narrower bodice again, ties at the shoulder and removed the ties at the back cutout which I replaced with a non-functional button detail, as well as the gathered skirt with a bottom band. I really like the final result!
I adjusted the bodice pattern based on calculations from the girls measurements. It was a learning process dealing with the cutout and other modifications I made. I definitely whipped out my seam ripper for one of the back seams. Seam rippers… talk about a sewer’s best friend.
Considering I had to make modifications, I was pleased with how they both turned out! No major problems or errors.
I’m excited to see how other bloggers took this great pattern and created their versions. I’m thrilled with mine and I hope you enjoy them too!
I’m debating on making my next project a dance bag for K or more dresses that I’ve already cut out. Or maybe a top for the girls? Shorts? Swimsuits? So many options! I swear I am going to try to create something for myself once I’m not pregnant anymore!
I should have another post soon (hopefully)! 🙂 Stay tuned.