Sometime a few days before the holiday, I suddenly decided that Fourth of July themed dresses for my kids was necessary. But they had to be really festive….but not straight up American flags on their bodies. Very specific. Actually, I wanted to just make skirts but they begged for dresses. My little ninja turtle, black, Lego loving girl is turning into a dress wearer! Man, does she ever look cute in them too.
The Abe Lincoln heads were done with a rubber stamp I made with a drawing of mine. I just printed it out at the scale I wanted and rubbed the ink onto my speedball stamp stuff. It was a pretty weak transfer, but enough to go by. This is the second version. The first wound up being inverted. Whoops.
When I was chatting about this project in-progress with my friend Kristin, I sent her a pic and said something about it being weird but I like it. And then I said “Go weird or go to Target,” which she declares is now the motto of my blog. hahahaha.
I’m thinking I also need a Bill Murray stamp…….
This dress was supposed to be for Clover. Using her measurements, I sewed up an Oliver and S Swingset Tunic in 2T, but it ended up being a bit too tight. Once I looked at the little Clover and Violet measurement chart I keep on the wall, I realized it was possible I accidentally used Violet’s measurements though.
Clover was so desperate to wear this dress, which she loved, the poor thing emphatically kept telling me “but it feels GOOD!” as I shook my head and poked my finger into the clenching fabric under her armpits. She’s kind of weird about clothes and prefers them really tight on some parts of her body, but this seemed uncomfortable to me. So I passed the dress along to Violet and started brainstorming again for Clover.
The swingset tunic is modified to be a dress with a really ridiculously long skirt. It goes down to her toes!
Aren’t the dainty little straps on this dress so sweet? I wasn’t sure I had cut the pattern right when I went to sew them in. They seemed so short. But I creeped in the Oliver And S flickr pool to see other versions of this and decided it looked about right.
Because I had to get my project started as soon as possible, I wound up dragging my kids through Joanns for fabric, rather than my preferred trip to Finch. I bought some oxford shirting for the bodice and ticking for the skirt, plus some white eyelet for the other dress. It wasn’t totally all what I had envisioned, but it worked.
Unfortunately, Violet caught whatever psychotic child pheromone they pump into that store, and Hawthorne was hot and fussy in the baby carrier, and I hadn’t totally found what I wanted, the sale signage for the fabric had been misleading, and THEN there was a coupon issue at checkout while Violet was pawing at everything that wasn’t nailed down near the register (on a related note, JOANNS if you are LISTENING…..the gauntlet of candy and junky crap war zone that we have to stand in while waiting for a register….NOT COOL!). So I wound up paying a lot more than I wanted to for these three fabrics. It was stressful and tiring. When we got to the car I might have even told Clover that I was “emotionally drained” from shopping with them and we better just go chillax at home together after that. Lol.
Clover said as we were leaving “You should have just gone to Finch. Then it would have been fun.” Hahaha. Bingo.
Sadly, I didn’t get any decent full length shots of Clover in her dress. Or Violet for that matter!
I sewed a Geranium dress in a 4T with the cap sleeve view, just so we didn’t have any sizing surprises, but I had to overlap the back pretty far to get it to stay on her shoulders. She’s a narrow little thing with tiny shoulders. Everything falls off. But I knew this would be big on her, and knew I could compensate by overlapping it.
For fabrics I used an upcycled Old Navy shirt of mine (you know the drill. It’s cheap! It’s kinda cute! Oh wait, I washed it and now it fits like someone sewed it with their eyes closed!), lined it in red tencel from the Gnats shop, and dip dyed eyelet from Joanns.
I modified the bodice shape slightly to give it kind of an old timey vibe to go with the eyelet. Do you like those mismatched brass buttons? I was determined to have brass buttons on this business. Regardless of whether there were any matches.
To change up the bodice, I just squared off the back and scooped the front neckline a bit. I have a very professional diagram of how I did it, in case you were curious…..
For the front you can see the new line I drew in black pen. I started where the seam allowance for the shoulder ends and made a smooth curve down to where the neckline notches would be if I had made them.
And on the back you can see the new squared off shape I made for it. I cut out the section where the first button would have been, so less button holes! Ha!
Then I just cut the pattern pieces down to their new shape and proceeded with the pattern almost as usual.
Clover was having some difficulties enjoying herself at the parade we took the kids to. It was colder than she expected, and at zero percent body fat, there’s not much insulation against an 80 degree breeze.
We managed to get a great seat inside one of my favorite spots for coffee, which had a window looking directly out on the parade. The girls were devastated over having been passed over by the people handing things out…..repeatedly. Balloons, pencils, candy (ok maybe I just didn’t try to let them get that) so they each munched on a consolation muffin in the coffee shop and watched cars and zombies go by. Yep. There were zombies in the parade!
Hawthorne got a tee too, but I didn’t really get great shots of it. That’ll have to be a post for another day.
Glam shot of the three of us. Violet wasn’t feeling very well, and Hawthorne was ready for a nap. He wound up falling asleep nursing during the parade. Lol
Fireworks happened a day late, but the girls enjoyed them, despite it being daylight. Tiny people who insist on waking up at 6 or earlier even on weekends get to watch fireworks at 6:30 pm. Lol. This was the first fourth of July I can ever remember enjoying here in Virginia. Normally it’s so hot that I retreat to the indoors and look grumpy.
I hope you enjoyed your Fourth too! So, what’s the next exciting thing on the horizon? If you go according to the festive aisles at Joanns, then we should be putting scarecrows and pumpkins out already.