Friday, April 10, 2015

Ottobre 03/2008-19, Rainbow polka dot unicorn style

Myra personal style has experienced some evolution lately. She still loves pink, princesses, and all thing frou-frou, but she's expressing that love in a more understated way. Princess printed tops with skinny jeans or a high-low tunic with ruffle detail and bermuda shorts are much more likely to get worn than a fluffy dress.
But it's Spring, and I always make Myra a fancy dress for Easter, and she's been crushing on unicorns lately, so I decided to try for this pretty but not too fluffy style, made up in unicorn themed coordinating prints by Riley Blake Designs. Which fortunately, she loves, Whew! The pattern is from the 03/2008 issue of Ottobre, style #19. It's a sweet dress that I've wanted to make her for some time.
The skirt is a gathered half circle and the band at the bottom is nicely shaped for fullness. She might be growing up, but she still loves a dress with some twirl! She's been favoring longer skirts lately, so this length is about perfect. Functional when she wants to run and climb, but still long and girly.
The dress closes with a back invisible zipper. I love how the back band isn't broken up by the center back seam. It meant the construction was a bit less intuitive, but it still went together well with typical great Ottobre drafting.
Ottobre's instructions called for a lined bodice, but a separate petticoat in lieu of a skirt lining. I elected to line the entire dress with white satin. The bodice is lined with a lighter charmeuse weight satin and the skirt is lined with heavy bridal satin to give it more body. I finished the lining with a serger rolled hem in pink to tie it together.
I was really worried that this dress was going to be a flop, since she really hasn't been wearing dresses much, but she truly loves it and I've had to fight to get it off her since I finished it. What a relief!

10 comments:

  1. twirly rainbow unicorn dress, even the most grown up young lady has to love that surely! It's fab.

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  2. Wow, she is really growing up! Is she in Grade 2 now?

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  3. I hope she'll keep loving them for a good long while! They just grow up so fast these days...

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  4. She is! Too fast! She's in 1st grade this year, but only for another month and a half. Yikes!

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  5. So cute, it's the perfect unicorn dress. :) So glad she likes it since kids can be fickle. Mine just decided he didn't want an orange t-shirt after all.

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  6. There is much adorableness to be had here! I love this fabric combo.

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  7. Oh my goodness. She's so adorable- I think I want on e for myself. The unicorn dress of course- I'm still too immature to breed!

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  8. Cute dress! Love the unicorn print, I wonder if that's too juvenile for an adult? ;-) Glad that she loved it, too. As they get older it definitely gets harder to sew for the kiddos. The only thing I've sewn for mine lately is the suit coat that I made him for his first communion yesterday--and he seemed unappreciative, but he did wear it. :-/

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  9. What a sweet marriage of polka dots and unicorns! Is the yoke combined into the sleeves?

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  10. So cute!!! Love it!

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