A new dress

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Here’s one of the projects I haven’t gotten to writing about yet – a new dress for Oona. She needed something to wear for a school dance and we both found the RTW options kind of dreary – too many ruffles and mini skirts. And not a pocket in sight.

So, we dug through the pattern stash and came up with Vogue 1236. Perfect – the pleats at the neckline enliven an otherwise super simple shape and it has side seam pockets (I think that all skirts and dresses should have pockets. Oona agrees). None of the fabric on hand suited princess, but we soon found a nice cotton from Fabric Mart for all of $4 a yard. I ended up buying 2.5 yards and there’s plenty left for a skirt.

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I often come across someone who tells me they wish they could sew – if you do and you’re serious, this dress is a great project for you. The only alteration to the pattern was to raise the neckline about 2cm as per Oona’s request. This did shorten the dress overall (I hadn’t bothered with a muslim), but she’s 15 – she ought to show a least a little leg, no? As it stands, the hem is a couple of inches above her knee caps.

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More projects coming up!