Monday, June 14, 2010

Free simple dress pattern

I can't tell you how many times I've Googled those words, "Free Simple Dress Pattern". The results were always very disappointing and unsuccessful. It's not that I'm not willing to pay for a pattern or that I can't sew a more difficult dress for the girls, I just don't have the time to put into a detailed, multi-piece, interfacing, bias tape, type of dress.
I like the simpler look and wanted something I could whip up in an hour or so. A pattern that looked cute and was perfect for summer. I couldn't find one anywhere, not from Simplicity or Butterick, and certainly not from Google.So, you can imagine me excitement when I came across a FREE pattern for a simple dress on Dana's blog, MADE. It's easy, even though it required quite a bit of tweaking, since it came in 6-12 month and 3-4 size. Bethany and Jenna both fall between and right above these sizes so I had to alter it for both of them, but it was a great starting point.The dress is similar to a pillowcase dress, but I love that it's a little different. I obviously didn't make their dresses out of t-shirts or jersey type material, like the pattern was originally designed. I used seersucker material that I bought from Jo-ann's at the end of last summer.
I'm sure if you make this dress you will have your own ways and needs of adjusting the pattern, but I will share a few of my changes. I put stay stitching around the arm holes, I felt the neckline was too low, so I extending the gathering and shortened the yoke of the dress. I am sure it depends on each girls size how this would fit. I made these adjustments by having Bethany try on the dress several times.
As I said, this pattern is a great starting point and the instructions have many informative tips on how to adjust the sizing and create your own patterns. Dana certainly encourages jumping in and making changes as needed. This is the first time that I have sewn Jenna a dress and she knew that I made it for her. She felt very special and loved the fact that I made it to look like Sissy's. I made Bethany's first and was dreading how I would fit Jenna's because the child does not stand still. Surprisingly, she was very patient with me and tried her hardest to cooperate as I pinned and gathered.
It was super hot and humid today, they loved standing on the vent and watching their dresses fill with air.

I love my little girls and their sisterly ways melt my heart. It is always nice when at the end of the day, I have something tangible to show for what I did that day. Tangible is not always the most important, or the most necessary, but it certainly makes this mommy happy.Don't you love Jenna's crazy wispy hair? Why try and fight it? {Okay, I fight it everyday!}

The WARHOL DRESS Pattern Download:

The pattern is in PDF format.
There are TWO files you need to download. Just click on the links below and then hit download. It will take about 15 seconds for each doc to download:
The Warhol Dress INSTRUCTIONS (16 pages, 2.4 MB)
The Warhol Dress PATTERN PIECES (6 pages, 1.5 MB)


Sweats, Nikes, and No Make-up said...

They both look SO cute! What beautiful little girls!

Jillian said...

Those dresses are adorable!!! I am impressed :)

Lyndsay Taylor said...

Yay! your life is calming down! you had time to sew and take pictures and blog. YAY!
I can't get over how much Bethany and Selah look alike, same facial expressions and something tells me they are very similar in their big sisterly ways!
Gotta get them together. Yemi would have fun with Jenna, they both seem to have a mind of their own, and crazy hair as well. :) Yemi's: not as wispy, but crazy nonetheless.
love you!

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOODNESS...Bethany looks like a little lady, so much more grown-up than when I last saw her! WOW!!!!!! She's beautiful. So is Jenna, of course, but Bethany looks so grown up compared to Christmas! ~Erin

Andrea said...

Oh, I love those dresses! They are adorable...and that last photo of Bethany and Jenna is so sweet!

Olivia Cooney said...

you have such cute kids!

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