Ottobre tee-shirt dress
No sewing feats here today – just keeping it real with practical clothes for a feisty, physical kid. As I’ve mentioned before, this girl of mine refuses to indulge my desire to have fun with a fancy party dress or improve my sewing skills with some sweet vintage kid sewing details. It’s all simple overlocker stuff for her. So this here dress is as good as it gets.
To make this dress I used this Ottobre pattern which is my go-to workhorse for kids tops – this time, I’ve lengthened it. The elasticised waist was a kid request, apparently quite necessary for hanging upside down. I used this trusty trick to cheat a waist: I cut the elastic to measure and pin it to the inside waistline – stretching the elastic to distribute evenly as I pin halves then quarters and finally eights. Then a quick zig zag stitch to attach the elastic straight onto the inside. I’ve used this elastic trick to rescue many an unflattering sack dress attempt (I love the sack dresses so I keep trying, but they don’t seem to love me back!) Kate did a great cheat’s waist here too – sewing purists look away this is probably terrible advice!
I snuck this lovely blush pink knit past the girl thanks to its very distracting, slightly fearsome brown bears. It’s from Miss Matatabi, one of my favourite shops for quality patterned knits (which seem to be so elusive in Australia). The colours are unusually understated for a kid-friendly knit, and the illustrations are beautifully sketched. It washes well and doesn’t pill or fade, and the weight is just right so this dress holds its shape well. Of course I should have bought more….
The leggings are another trusted pattern – I’ve made these so many times I reckon I could sew them in my sleep. The pattern is from this book and I can safely say I’ve tried every size. Many times. The fabric is half a metre of merino I grabbed from The Fabric Store offcuts bin. It’s possibly too good for leggings but they will warm little winter legs – if they last that long. In a desperate attempt to sell the colour I called them ‘chocolate bear legs’ – so much more palatable than brown leggings!
This dress is on high rotation and has been snuck out of the dirty hamper for an extra wear more than once. While I can dream about one day trying a sweet kid dress with pintucks, gathers, smocking or even a tiny embroidered flower somewhere (anywhere!), I have a feeling I’m going to just keep sewing different versions of this. I’ll just have to save the fancy tricks for my own makes.