Sunday, 19 March 2017

An overalls-dress and fancy-sleeve t-shirt

Life's been challenging lately - sick relatives, financial troubles and toothache. Desperate for some sewing therapy, I did something a little out of character: I made something for R just because I wanted to. After much flicking through my Japanese pattern books I settled on an overalls-dress from this book (I have no idea if there's a 'proper' name for this style) and a t-shirt with decorative sleeve details from this magazine. I really can't pretend R needs another dress or another t-shirt, but since they served a therapeutic purpose I'm telling myself it's OK! What's more, both were made from stash fabric - even the buttons were from my little collection.




The dress is made from a lightweight black denim and was a pretty straightforward sew. I ran into a bit of trouble attaching the straps to the back waistband, but serendipitously my sewing friend Jing had just made the pants version of the same pattern and was able to set me straight.

The t-shirt is made from some interlock-ish jersey (previously used to make this top). It's a really nice, loose style with a pretty sleeve detail. I will use this pattern again I'm sure.

How annoying is that loose bit of hair??! R loves the dress and was pleased to find not only inseam pockets, but a pocket on the top section as well. It took me days to get her to model this outfit, but once she got it on it was clear that she really loved it. Turns out this dress is quite twirly, too!

12 comments:

  1. That is the most gorgeous outfit! I am really over the apron/dungaree dress things I keep seeing on adult women, but THIS outfit on THIS kid. Perfection! Love that t-shirt too.
    Now, do I dare follow those pattern links.... :)

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    1. Thanks Shelley. I wanted to make the shorts version but R preferred the skirt - it's very much her style. The dress makes for good trans-seasonal wear, if you need an excuse!

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  2. Oh, and I hope things take a turn for the better for you. xx

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  3. Oh I love this dress -- and judging from how twirly the skirt is, I know my girls would too! I'm almost afraid to go look it up now, because then I will have to add it to my "to make" list. ;)

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    1. Thank you Emi - you should make one (or two!). Very good for trans-seasonal wear :)

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  4. Wow I love these. Really great.

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  5. I saw this on IG and made a note to check out the blog post but time got away from me. Glad I finally made it over here though - these pieces are so beautiful! I'm sorry to hear of your troubles and hope things look up for you soon.

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  6. I love that loose bit of hair :) There is no better therapy than sewing, especially sewing something so pretty :) I hope the therapy worked ;)

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