Monday, December 19, 2011

Butterick 4910 - Christmas edition

I saw this adorable dress on Crafts 4 Lily and decided to take a little break from my current WIP to make Myra her own Gingerbread Dress.
I'd forgotten how bizarrely long the sleeves on this pattern are. Do you like how she has styled her dress with her leopard print flats? Ever the fashionista, is my girl. She never leaves the house without a bit of animal print on her person.
 The pattern I used is Butterick 4910, which is just your basic raglan sleeve tunic/top/dress. This is the long version, but shortened 5 inches to make it below knee length. I've used this pattern a couple of other times and I like it reasonably well, except for the weird sleeve length thing. Really, any raglan sleeve dress pattern you happen to have lying around would work for this dress. The fabric is a 21 wale corduroy that I purchased at Joann specifically for this project. I wanted a lighter, gingerbread brown. I think velour, velvet or velveteen would be equally cute.
For the trim, I stitched red rick rack to the sleeves (about 1 inch up from the hem) and at the seam between the skirt and ruffle. I found some cheerful green buttons in the stash and stitched three to the upper bodice with red thread and then tacked a bow at the left sleeve seam on the neckline. The arms are shirred with elastic thread.
Myra is pretty darn happy with her dress, and so am I. It is amazing what a little trim can do to spice (ha-ha) up an otherwise simple design. I need to do that more...

12 comments:

  1. It's adorable! The trim and buttons spice it up.:) The sleeves with the row of shirring remind me of a dress in the latest Ottobre Design...though, I think that one had 2 places that were shirred.

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  2. Cute idea. All little girls love peasant dresses. I'll have to try and remember this for next year.

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  3. I like Myra's style. Animal print works for every season! :)

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  4. Adorable! And she certainly looks happy with it (which is the most important part)

    Could you take a tuck or two in the sleeves (maybe just above the rick-rack) and shorten the length that way, or is the cord too heavy?

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  5. Great idea and very cute execution.

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  6. She's super cute, and what really creative idea!

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  7. It's really cute! Myra's a lucky girl! And she has a little room to grow, with it longer. I've noticed that Butterick patterns often have bizarrely long sleeves. I wonder if they think we're all becoming gorillas.

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  8. LOVE it! Your little girl looks so happy in her new dress :)

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  9. Soooo adorable! And I knew it was a gingerbread dress right away, so you certainly hit the nail on the head (or the icing on the cookie...).

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  10. Myra is definitely a fashionista and is stylin' in that adorable little dress and shoes. Even at her age, a girl can't have too many shoes!

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  11. It's so cute! The green buttons are so cheery. Merry Christmas.

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