Thanks everyone for your votes. It was a fun outfit to make....and it made me find an awesome discovery. You can turn a dress pattern around and make a coat out of it!
Ok...here is the thing for the dress. You already have the tutorial! I made this dress from "The School Girl Jumper" that we made a couple of weeks ago. I did add some modifications which I will tell you about.
1. Make the bodice neckline higher. I did do the darts and fitted it several times to my model for a good fit.
2. Add flutter sleeves. The tutorial is below!
3. Add more yardage into the skirt. (I used almost 2 1/2yards in the skirt alone---to make it full and twirly.)
4. Instead of buttons all the way down the back, I sewed the skirt up to the bodice and then added the buttons only on the bodice part.
The only other additions were the fabric-covered buttons on the front and a sash that ties into a bow on the back.
And the jacket,
I PROMISE I will do a tutorial on how to turn a dress pattern around to make a coat.....but I have got to catch my breath....
It might take a couple of weeks. But maybe by then, the weather will be cool enough to actually wear the jacket. If you want to be adventurous before then, I would take your favorite dress pattern (with two back pieces...) and turn it around to fasten in the front and make a coat. *You will need to add extra seam allowances in the front for the button holes.....but that's about it!
Hope you are having a good week! Thanks for coming around today. Really.
I love to put flutter sleeves on dresses. They are easy, darling, and very vintage--which is my kind of project. Another great part about this type of sleeve is that you can add them to existing sleeveless dresses if you want to add a bit more coverage. All you have to do for an existing dress is to open the bodice and lining at the sleeve seam and insert a set of these babies...and you are done.
Everyone does them a little different (some people just cut out one sleeve and hem) but here's how I make mine....