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Friday, April 25, 2014

A whole lotta blue


For the girl-who-doesn't-wear-dresses, I thought I'd flip through my Ottobre magazines to find some dressy item she might approve of for Easter. I don't really care if she never wants to wear a dress, but this shirtdress seemed like it might pass muster.

She pre-approved the pattern and chose the fabric, and - yay! - even likes the end product.



I don't love the somewhat boring fabric choice - a lightweight stretch shirting - but I do love all the details on the dress.

The front closes with an invisible zip. Which is grey. Because that's how I roll! Hey, except for the pull, it's invisible.

The dress is "Helmi Shirtdress" from Ottobre 4-2008-35.



And blue item number 2 is a plaid shirt, made from Ottobre's 6-2011-28 ("Blue Poplin Shirt"). It's shown as a boys' shirt in the magazine.

Both the front and back have princess seams and there is a back yoke. The shirt almost looks curvy in the back.

I'm glad she loves this shirt and has plenty of growing room, because this was one of those well-loved fabrics intended for a me-shirt.



26 comments:

  1. A boys shirt with princess seams? That is kind of odd. The shirt looks great though!!!

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    1. The princess seams strike me as couture boy wear, hehe, not necessarily what you'd see at Target (:

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  2. These are both great pieces. So glad she approves the dress.
    She really is starting to grow up.

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    1. Thanks, Maria. Yes, she is sprouting up! A month later, the dress even seems too short on her.

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  3. The shirt dress and shirt are so cute on her.

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  4. Ooh, I totally know what you mean about using fabric intended for yourself - thank goodness she likes it!

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    1. Yes, she likes it and it will be worn by two other girls, so that's something.

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  5. I love that the shirt dress closes with an invisible zip. I'd love a dress like that!

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    1. Yeah, the zip is a fun detail!

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  6. Very cute, she looks great in blue!

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  7. Both look great. I might have to see if I have that dress issue - I want to make something similar for my daughter.

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    1. Thanks, Marie. It was nice to have a non-frilly dress option. I've always liked shirtdresses.

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  8. I really love the dress; it has great details with it! The shirt having princess seams does seem strange that it was marketed as a boy's shirt. It's great that you saw that because it makes a lovely shirt for your daughter! I'll have to look and see if I have that issue. If I do, I definitely missed that one!

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    1. Thanks, Shirley! I agree, the details really make the dress. And I'm glad the boys' shirt jumped out at me - in all my magazines there really wasn't a 'normal' girls' shirt like this.

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  9. The dress is great. I had to do a double take to realize it was your daughter and not you remembering that great shirt dress you made for yourself a while back. She wears the style as well as you.

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    1. Ha! She is definitely growing up! Thanks!

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  10. Both pieces are nice! I really like the Helmi dress.:)

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! I can see making this one again in denim.

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  11. I love the dress! I have it earmarked for K too. The shirt looks like it was made for her. And there is nothing wrong with a whole lot of blue ;-)
    Great job!

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    1. Thanks, Kristin. She has worn it a lot, which I'm really happy about.

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  12. Ahhh yes I can totally understand the girl who does not do dresses :O).... Though, I just made a skirt for myself Newlook A6129 Version E .. yes a skirt! Something my closet does not see LOL.. But I like it! Love the big pockets. I may actually do a sewing post on it :O). Your little one (umm she might not like being called a little one) looks great in her new dress and her shirt. I so understand the girl who doesn't do dresses :O)... Love the shirt! Nice of Mom do give up the fabric to her :o)... this is what great Moms do..no?

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    1. Thanks, Texan! Maybe I should her down to take care of your sheep for a while. I'm sure she'd prefer that to being anywhere that requires a dress!

      But, good for you making a skirt. It doesn't hurt to try a new thing once in a while. I never wear the skirts I've made myself, though, so I suppose I shouldn't make too many more.

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