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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Princess Castle Cross-Front Dress


I thought I'd grab the last bit of daylight to get this photo. Of course, we were being pelted with sleet in the beginning stages of a fresh snow storm. I'm excited to get another 10 inches or so!


This pear print jersey is probably my favorite Chez Ami fabric. Little sister Molly wasn't pleased her older sister was getting it - luckily I do have a yard left.




The pattern is Princess Castle Cross-Front Dress (Ottobre 4-2013-14). It was fun to stitch up and to coordinate the fabrics and, of course, the pockets are the best part.



I used Chez Ami's cotton/lycra jersey for the unusual leggings. They are called "Uncomplicated Leggings" (Ottobre 4-2013-15). And they're even more uncomplicated than your average leggings. They are two pieces: a front and a back. Grace isn't too keen on the fit, as the seat is baggy and hangs low. So, I probably won't make them again.


20 comments:

  1. Someone's growing up! Very neat dress - especially those pockets.

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    1. Thanks - the pockets are so much fun!

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  2. It's a great pattern and the dress looks so cozy!

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    1. Thanks, Masha. It does seem like a comfortable dress!

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  3. She is such a skinny minnie! I love this dress, from the minute I saw the pattern, and your print looks great with it. I love those pockets too! The leggings are sure interesting looking with the "U" shaped crotch.
    10 inches, ick. We got lots of rain last night and only about 1/2" of snow/sleet/ice. Seriously, I just want spring to come already!

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    1. I guess I never thought of her as "skinny" since the older 3 kids are so scrawny, but I think you're right. Yeah, the leggings are strange - I knew it from seeing Cindy's version, but wanted to try them anyway.

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  4. Your weather sounds truly horrid. I am impressed with the fortitude of your model, standing out in it in such a pretty dress clearly ready for much warmer conditions - I hope the better weather arrives soon.
    The prints are lovely, and I agree, the pockets are terrific. The leggings look like baby leggings to me though, with all that extra room at the crotch, maybe Ottobre has graded them way out of a toddler pattern ;), how annoying that the pattern fits poorly.

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    1. Thanks, Karen. We Minnesotans secretly love our horrible weather. And cherish it when it's beautiful.

      The leggings were a gamble, but there's always that part of a sewist that just wants to try that interesting new shape or technique, I guess.

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  5. I made similar sort of trousers for my daughter, with a much more exaggerated baggy crotch, in a woven, from an Ottobre pattern - she didn't like them either. Kids only like comfy, don't they.

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    1. I remember those cute trousers you made! But yes, I'm not surprised your daughter wasn't keen on them. Comfort over form, for sure!

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  6. I've always like that CA fabric. The pockets look great!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy! I'd been saving that pear fabric for too long!

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  7. What a pretty dress. And we know where she gets that from, going out without socks in a snow storm ;-) The tulips are out here and the trees in full bloom. I hope spring gets soon to where you are, too!

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    1. Thanks, Uta! I hope you're enjoying your tulips! I'll enjoy them vicariously through you :)

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  8. This dress is adorable! I'm glad you mentioned the fit on the leggings. I had thought about trying them, but will look for a different one. My girls start complaining if the leggings get baggy even a little.

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    1. Thanks, Shirley. At least she's willing to wear the leggings, even though they feel a little weird.

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  9. The dress is adorable! I love the pear print from Chez Ami too.:) MG isn't too taken with the fit of those leggings either. She'll wear them for running club if it's too cold for shorts but that's about it.

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! She's been wearing the dress a lot (despite the cold weather). Ah, the leggings. They were worth a try, right? (Except I'm a little sad that I used the last of my nice brown chez ami lycra/knit for them.)

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  10. What a great print, and the pockets are so sweet!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! The pockets were fun to make.

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