My favorite part of sewing is being able to create something new. Sometimes that's simply following a wonderful Tie Dye Diva pattern. Other times it's taking wonderful elements from one pattern and mix it up for a brand new creation. That's exactly what I've done this week. I have used the Fairytale Dress Pattern as my base but created a very different skirt. It looks entirely new! Gathered skirts are probably the easiest element of a dress to modify. I'll show you today how to make your very own Stripwork Fairytale.
The Fairytale Dress pattern includes sizes 12-18 months through size 5, but, when you purchase directly from the Tie Dye Diva website you also receive bonus sizes 6/6X and 7/8. The Fairytale dress is incredibly versatile. It is great layered with a Peasant Top or tee, but is also perfectly suited to wearing as a strappy sundress. The reverse know style provides a flexible fit that can grow with the wearer, that means it fits longer! This pattern is rated for advanced beginner level seamstresses because of the buttonholes used to lace the front and tie the straps through on the back, Though buttonholes are the nicest finish on this pattern, instructions are included for a no buttonhole version also. I'd encourage you to venture into the world of buttonholes if you've never tried them. Once you are familiar with your machine, they really are not difficult!
Alright, let's modify this pattern! Begin by making the bodice exactly as directed in the pattern.
Now let's make the skirt. It's helpful to have a notepad and pen handy to jot down some numbers.
- Measure the bottom edge of your bodice. Mine was 11.5".
- Double that number to get our desired skirt width for the front and back. 11.5 x 2 = 23. I want a skirt front and back piece that are each 23" wide when finished.
- Next add 1" for the seam allowance (1/2" on each side) 23 + 1 = 24". Write that down.
- For skirt length I have done all the work for you for an at knee length. This is the length of your skirt panels before the hem band and therefore the length of your strips. Write it down.
- 12-18 month - 10.25"
- 18-24 month - 11.24"
- 2 - 13.5"
- 3 - 15.25"
- 4 - 16.75"
- 5 - 17.75"
- 6/6X - 19.75"
- 7/8 - 21.25"
- If you would like to calculate your own length follow this simple formula.
- Try the bodice on the intended wearer.
- Measure from the seam line (1/2" above the bottom edge) to the desired length and subtract 1" This assumes that you will be adding a hem band as I have. Trust me, it works! If you did your own measurements, write that number down.
- You now have the size of your skirt panels. Mine were 24" x 13.5". Write it down and highlight it!
- Now pop over to the Stripwork Tutorial (did you know that was my very first blog post ever!) and follow the steps there to piece your stripwork. For my skirt I chose 5 fabrics repeated one time on each the front and the back.
- Once your panels are compete come back here and we'll finish up.
- Next we will measure and cut the hem band. I do not recommend cutting the hem band until your stripwork panels are done. You may have adjusted your panel measurement following the stripwork tutorial. This will ensure that your hem band is exactly the right width. So, measure the bottom edge of your panel and cut your hem bands this width by 5" tall.
Your skirt is done! Now let's add it to the bodice and your Stripwork Fairytale dress will be done. Gather the top edge using your favorite gathering method (I use two basting threads) and sew to the bottom of your bodice, right sides together. Finish this seam, press towards the bodice, and topstitch. Now finish your dress by tying the laces according to the pattern instructions,
- Sew your skirt side seams; finish this seam.
- Sew your hem bands into a loop.
- Fold your hem band in half lengthwise and press.
- Sew to the bottom of your skirt panel with right sides together. Finish this seam, press towards the skirt panels, and topstitch.
There you have it, a Stripwork Fairytale dress to brighten your spring wardrobe. Sweet Pea thought it was the perfect dress for a pretend picnic!
|Forgive the bow coming undone, I think I'll add a stitch to keep it tied!|
Here's your quick pattern rundown:
- Sizes 12 months through 5 with bonus top pattern in sizes 6-8
- Advanced Beginner sewing level
- Optional loops means no buttonholes required
- Adjust able fit with reverse knot styling
- Versatile. Layer with long or short sleeves or wear as a sundress.
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