The Flip This Pattern series is so much fun! I almost never sew a pattern exactly as the designer intends. What can I say, I followed the rules All The Time as a kid, so I guess I need to be a rebel now to make up for the goody two-shoes years :) And this series feels like an open invitation to do more of what I already do. Gotta love that! Anyway, Ashley and Emily, the sisters behind the blog Francis Suzanne, have picked some great patterns to flip. Last month, they chose the Oliver & S Roller Skate Dress. Here's my flip if you haven't seen it yet, and here's the rest of the great sew-along flips. And this month, they chose blogger An from StraightGrain and her new pattern Tinny. If you haven't visited either of these great blogs yet, you need to go check them out, like right now! No,wait! Finish reading this post first, and then go check them out :)
There are so many options for this dress pattern (4 collars, 3 skirts, 2 sleeves!) that I really didn't know where to start. But eventually, after discarding several possible ideas, I settled on a long-sleeve, side buttoning, full skirt with an asymmetrical collar. I know what you're thinking ... there aren't any sleeves on that picture you just looked at :) Yeah, that went something like this. I decided the collar needed to be rounded to go with the tulip sleeves better, so I drafted a new collar pattern (one piece since there is no zipper in the back). And I came across this picture and just had to make a two piece look but with only one piece, so I drafted those pattern pieces. Then once I chose my fabric, I knew I needed to add piping to the collar to make it stand out better. So, in the end, I eliminated the sleeves (which I had already redrafted) because the two piece look and piped collar were starting to look kind of busy, and I thought sleeves might be a bit much. Apparently, I can't even sew a pattern how I plan, let alone follow the pattern designer's vision :)
I hope you are ready for picture overload today! This is one of the first projects in a long time that came out exactly how I envisioned it. In fact, I think I like it even more than I thought I would :) Plus, Mae has just the perfect lime green sweater from BabyGap that looks like it was made for this dress! Or maybe it's the other way around and the dress was made for the sweater. But I choose to believe that Gap made the sweater with my not-yet-even-dreamed-of dress in mind :)
This is the first time I worked with Essex yarn dyed linen, and I am in love! It sews beautifully and it drapes so well. The skirt is made from the denim color, but I already bought the black and have plans for it as well :) Even better, fabric.com now carries many of the Robert Kaufmann linens, so it is a bit cheaper and easier to find. I hope they carry it for a long time, because I know I will use this fabric for many years to come. The bodice fabric is Blythe by Robert Kaufmann. I bought it because it reminds me of confetti, has bright colors with a neutral background (the perfect combo) and feels happy. I'm not sure exactly what happy fabric looks like, except I know it when I see it, and this fabric makes me smile :)
Mae and I did a lot of wandering around the neighborhood today while we were taking pictures. In fact, we even stopped by a friend's house and played for a while. Actually, Mae kind of stood at the door waiting to go back outside while I chatted for a bit. But then my friend bribed her with some knobby balls and all was good again :)
The Tinny Dress is a great pattern. It was incredibly well written and detailed, and the pattern pieces were very easy to assemble. I obviously didn't use the pattern as drafted, but the overall shape if the pattern is still the same. I did find that the pattern runs a bit big. I made the dress in the 18 months size, but I honestly could have gone down one more size, and it probably would have fit Mae a bit better. I really need to learn to trust size charts :)
I don't know which pattern modification I like the most. It's a toss-up between the angled snap placket and the peplum top. Tomorrow (or possible Thursday if my day continues to be this busy) I will do a tutorial showing how to modify a basic bodice pattern to make this style dress! It is actually really easy, and I can't wait to share it with everyone :) Here's a little hint of the fabrics I will be using this time. I told you I already had plans for the black linen!
Mae is absolutely enthralled with the scooter lately (the 3-wheel variety) and spends a lot of time trying to ride it. It's amazing how many good pictures you can actually get when your kid can't quite ride the scooter yet. Mae doesn't run away from me if the scooter is out, so I get a whole lot more pictures of the front of her rather than the back. Until now our photo sessions ended up with about a 3:1 ratio, three pictures of Mae running away to every one picture where she is facing me, but the scooter has really helped turn that (and Mae) around :)
Don't you love Mae's moves in this next picture! This is what she does every time I say ready...set...go. In reality she's standing still, but the pose (and the wind blowing her hair) really give the illusion of speed :)
Mae is just so proud of herself when she rides the scooter. After all, it moves almost 3" each time she pushes it :) I have to confess that I'm pretty proud of her too! Before I was a mom, I had absolutely no idea how much the little things in life would come to mean to me. I used to see moms so excited over tacky pottery or ugly artwork and I honestly couldn't figure out why they were excited, after all their kid was no Van Gogh (I did understand that they loved their kids, but I thought they were just feigning enthusiasm) but now I can say that I totally get it. It's not ugly, it's unique and it's your kid, so to you, it is better than Van Gogh :)
Bodice fabric - Blythe by Robert Kaufmann
Skirt fabric - Essex yarn dyed linen in denim
Lining fabric -Alphabet Soup Girl by Riley Blake
Piping - Teal micro-piping
Snaps - KAMsnaps (my favorite!)
And just in case anybody is hungry, here's a picture of our dinner tonight :) Chocolate chip, whole wheat, buttermilk pancakes. Yum!