Wednesday, June 10, 2015

japanese sewing pattern - a sundress for mae

For the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing most of the clothes I made for Mae for this summer.  She's just starting to wear them since it really hasn't been warm enough until now.  Just like usual in Michigan, we haven't needed any summer clothes yet since we've mostly had highs in the 60s & 70s with lows in the 40s at night, but today, out of nowhere, it was 88 and humid!


This little sundress is from the Japanese Pattern Book A Sunny Spot.  I used the size 100 shortened slightly since I wanted the dress to hit above Mae's knees, and the dress in the book is a bit longer.  I also chose to pleat the skirt rather than gather it, and to finish the sides with french seams.  The bodice is pretty wide, but it lays nicely so I don't mind that it looks a little big.  I think I might make another version without any openings because it's plenty big to get on and off over Mae's head, and I would love to be able to enclose all the seams!


My favorite part of this dress is that it can be worn with the opening in either the front or the back.  I'm not sure which way I like it better, but Mae definitely likes the snaps in the front, which is obvious from her facial expressions in the picture :) 

I'm not sure I like the fact that Mae is three and is developing a strong opinion about her clothes.  This particular dress was made before the "my favorite color is blue" phase, so I'm not sure it will even get worn too much ;)  So you should probably be prepared for the color blue to show up (at least in some form!) in lots of Mae's outfits in the next few weeks!


Once again, a quick picture of the inside :)  The bodice looks a bit funny from my ironing (not one of my better skills!) and I don't like that you can see the seams along the arms and the neck.  I totally forgot to trim them before flipping the bodice around, and by then it was too late!


Materials:
Yellow floral -Bluebird Park by Moda
Lining - white baby pique
Snaps - Kamsnaps

8 comments :

  1. thanks for sharing the great pictures. The dress is so lovely in that pretty yellow fabric and I love your techniques for finishing.

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    1. Thanks Debbie! I love yellow, so this fabric is a personal favorite of mine :)

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  2. I think if you got to 3 before your little one developed opinion about colours, styles etc you did well! Mine got opinionated at 2 and a half! I discovered that after she declared she did not like the dress I made her because it was yellow haha I love the dresses. The colour is fun, fresh and summery. I love it that you made pleats instead of gathers. Pleats make garments look a little more special.

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  3. Lovely sweet dress, it looks great on your daughter. Either side can be front or back is a plus...my hubby used to dress our daughter backwards. This dress would have helped ;)

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  4. Very pretty! I do love a dress that can be slipped over the head with ease.

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    1. Me too! But so often that type of dress is too wide in the shoulders on Mae, so I love that I found this pattern.

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  5. Lovely- and I'm jealous that blue is your daughter's colour of choice as mine is in the middle of the pink phase. I'm working my way through the same pattern book, it is packed full of gems! Haven't made this one yet and your version is definitely inspiring me.

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    1. I'm happy that blue is her favorite color! I'm hoping I never see a pink phase ;)

      This was actually the first pattern I tried from this book, but I'm sure get around to the other ones sooner or later! I just took a look at your blog again to see what you've made, and that Tinkerbell costume is just awesome! I have no idea why I wasn't following your blog before, but I am now :)

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