|The Ruby Dress from Made by Rae and The Cupcake Dress from Baste and Gather|
Sis has a couple of halter-style tops that she has been wanting to wear almost every day, so when I saw that Baste and Gather was offering a free printable halter dress pattern, I knew I wanted to make it for Little Sister. I asked her to choose her fabric from the small stash I have here in Tokyo, which was when she found the leftovers from my Ruby Dress. That fabric is PERFECT for this pattern--a floaty cotton that somehow isn't see-through at all. This would be the most comfortable thing to wear on a steamy Tokyo August day.
However, Little Sister refuses to wear a dress without pants underneath it these days, for some reason. AND she always wants to wear socks, and won't wear any of her sandals. She is a total crazy person. When we took theses pictures at the park, she was so sweaty, but wouldn't take the pants off.
|It's HOT out here!|
|Definitely having a bath tonight.|
Anyway, I made a few alterations to this pattern, the most obvious being the elastic halter strap. I love the look and adjustability of the tie straps in the original pattern, but we are working on Little Sister's independence, particularly in our morning routine, and the elastic puts the dress into the "I can do it myself" category. It was a little tricky to get the length just right--long enough to easily stretch over her head while still keeping the bodice up high enough. The elastic in the back portion of the bodice helps with that too. I keep debating whether to go in and shorten the neck elastic a little bit more--it does tend to sag when she's been running around, as you can see above.
Another alteration was that since I was using scraps of fabric from my dress project, I wanted to just use what I had. My skirt pieces were about 6 inches wider than what the pattern calls for, and a couple of inches longer. I just went ahead and used it all, rather than having useless scraps. Little sister would never complain about another foot of fullness or a little extra length! I'm really happy with the way the skirt turned out.
|How do YOU feel about it?|
I did have to cut off a couple of inches of elastic in my back panel--I cut out a size 4, and Little Sister is still on the small side so tightening up the elastic really helped with the fit. I probably could have cut off even more, but I kind of like the way the lower back makes the skirt into a bit of a high-low skirt.
As soon as the dress was finished, Little Sister wanted to wear it to the park, and she insisted that I change into my matching dress. I agreed, with the stipulation that she would have to pose for a few pictures with me to show off our twin outfits!
This fabric was a find at my local Walmart in Portland that made the cut for traveling to Tokyo with me. I had two yards that I had bought at $4/yard, so I'm pretty excited that I was able to get two dresses out of it! And now I have used every last scrap of it up!