Monday, August 2, 2010

Simplicity 2907

This sweet little dress was inspired by my friend Laurie, who has two little girls the ages of my kids.  She dresses them in the most adorable clothes, and one day her youngest came to playgroup in a little shirtdress.  Aaah, a baby shirtdress!!  Myra needs one!!!
Of course, Myra's had to have Elmo on it, but as you can see, she's happy!
The pattern is Simplicity 2907, which I originally purchased for Logan.  There are so few good boy patterns.
This is the shirt and shorts I made for Logan about 2 years ago.  They are reasonably cute, but the shirt is unabashedly girlie, even with a soccer ball on the pocket.  The sleeves are too short and the collar too wide for a man-shirt.  The shorts pattern is great, though.  There are several fun pocket and topstitching options that can be mixed up for a great little man wardrobe.
It may not be great for a man-shirt, but it makes a great base for a girlie shirtdress!  The pattern is literally the collared shirt with a circular skirt sewn to the "hemline" of the shirt, giving it a dropped waist.  The only modification to the pattern I made was to narrow the collar slightly.
It includes quite a few girlie details.  The sleeves have a gathered section and the pockets and collar are lace trimmed.  The pattern itself is well written and the instructions are clear.  This would be a great project for a reasonably new sewist who is looking to expand her repertoire to include buttons and collars.  It does run a wee bit large, even for a Big 4 children's pattern.  I made this one in a size 1, which is getting a bit small for her in most patterns, but the fit here is excellent.
I think it needs a tie belt, though, for an added bit of cuteness.  What do you think?

14 comments:

  1. Very cute, those colours are so bright and happy! I would indeed add a belt, I think it would make the dress even more girly and sweet.

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  2. It's adorable and yes, a belt would be a great way to finish it.

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  3. It is so very cute! She looks like she loves it.

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  4. What a sweet little dress. My goodness, your little girl looks so much like you! Love her curly hair.

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  5. Adorable dress. I disagree about the belt, though. I would leave it alone - she looks so comfy!

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  6. Darling!
    A belt would be cute, too.

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  7. Looks like somebody's got their sewing mojo back in spades. Yay! Totally darling girly dress. Lucky Myra. Could she look any happier? (could she look any more like her mom?) Love the color coordinated crocs.

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  8. Cute dress for a cute little girl! I have this pattern, too, but no one to make it for! :P

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  9. so so sweet, the child and the dress! I need to get some Dora The expolrer fabric for my girl!

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  10. Adorable! Love the pink lace accents!

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  11. Ohmy is she not the cutest thing in that adorable dress!

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  12. Great design. Love the little ruffley skirt. Agreed, I think the belt would be a great addition.

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  13. Great design. Love the little ruffley skirt. Agreed, I think the belt would be a great addition.

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