One of my favorite things about summer are sundresses. Not like it’s anywhere near summer, but you bet I’m already sewing some up! I especially couldn’t wait after seeing the Loli Dress by Bobkin Designs in One Thimble magazine issue 14 (*afflink), I just fell in love with the feminine design and retro hemline, and I had just the perfect vintage sheet waiting for it.
My girl’s measurements put her in size 3 with a size 5 length. I decided to make the elastic version instead of the button up version since I’m planning on her wearing this throughout the summer. Maybe I’m sewing it up a bit early, but my girl seems to only grow up, not out, and the elastic will hopefully stretch with her so I’m not too worried.
The instructions took a good read through to make sure I understood, as there were a few different ways to construct the dress. Basically there’s a top or dress version, spaghetti straps or plain ties (can be straight or criss crossed in the back), button up or elastic back closures, and instructions for a quick faux placket (button up version) and a fully enclosed yoke (elastic version). Lots of choices!
My final choice was spaghetti straps criss-crossed in the back (because I can totally see her moaning about how her straps won’t stay on), elastic back dress, and I chose the instructions for the fully enclosed yoke. I like the dainty detail and femininity of the yoke, but pay a little attention to the way the skirt piece fits into the bottom of the yoke to get it to lay correctly. I have seen some versions where there’s puckering and poofiness.
I’m so happy with the way this dress turned out! It’s so feminine and delicate, much like she is. I also love how sweet the vintage bedsheet looks! Unfortunately most of the bedsheet has paint splatters or small tears, but I did get it for a $1, so I just needed to be very careful about where I cut the pattern from.
I had fun putting this quick little dress together, and I think it’ll layer well with capris and a cardigan. I think it’ll also make a good summer nightgown pattern too! I can’t wait to make some more of the patterns that came with this boho themed issue of One Thimble. There are sooo many great patterns and tutorials included this time by designers Thread Faction, Winter Wear Designs, Petite Stitchery, just to name a few. There are also articles about how to cover kam snaps with fabric (never even occurred to me!) and making a leather belt or leather infinity scarf cuff. I had to buy this one because I just really couldn’t believe how much comes in just one issue! Anyway, take a look and see for yourself 🙂
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