Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Snowflake Dress

I found this snowflake print fabric at the thrift store this fall. I've been planning on making this dress for a long time. I thought it would fit nicely with Katy of No Big Dill's Sew All 26 challenge for "S" week. Who knew it would also work out for a Project Run and Play sew-a-long for week one's theme - Winter Wonderland. Yay!

The dress is from a McCall's pattern 6785. I used it before for this tunic. It's a raglan top with some variations. I'm going to use it again to make a few more tops for spring. After I finished the bodice, it seemed like it was going to be a little short so I added the yellow knit band around the middle. I love gray and yellow together. It injects a little sunshine into typical gray winter days. The pattern doesn't line the hood, but I added gray knit for a more professional look. It would like pretty cruddy without that I think.

I made the vest by starting with the Zermatt Bow Swing coat pattern that I used here before. I left off the sleeves, extended the shoulder out to a cap sleeve, and left off the bow. I still used the facings and then added a lining of more of the bright yellow cotton lycra from Girl Charlee. I opted to close it with a painted button and loop of elastic sewn under a piece of the snowflake fabric. The vest fabric itself is from a hooded fleece scarf my mom passed on. Not much fabric to work with and wouldn't have worked for anything bigger than this 2T. Actually, I had to use a different fleece for the back facing and shorten the whole thing by a couple of inches. I love seeing the yellow peeking out at the armholes.

The white leggings are my own pattern and are made of cotton lycra from Joann's. Nothing exciting but very useful. And very dirty after the outdoor portion of our photo shoot. Oh well. Thank goodness we took some pictures inside first.

And now the pictures of Elena enjoying the new outfit on a rare sunny day.

Once I attached the skirt to the bodice, the weight of it pulled the whole thing down making the yellow band hit a little lower than intended. I still love the color pop but I may go back and shorten the bodice an inch. What do you think? The overall length is good, but the waist is a little low, right? Although Elena loves it and wore it all day and she is not known for keeping her clothes on, so that must mean something!


  1. If you hadn't of said that the yellow was too low, I wouldn't have noticed. I think it adds a speck of sunshine on a gloomy winter day. The gloves are cute too, did you make those also?

  2. Oh it's so cute and cozy looking!

  3. I think the yellow band is nice as a sort of drop waist even if it wasn't intentional. And smart idea to use the zermatt as a starting point for a vest. I'll have to remember that one for spring :)

  4. This is such a great winter wonderland look.
    with love,

  5. super cute! I love the cape.. I also love when one outfit can fit in with a couple of sew a longs ;o) I also linked up to Project Run and Play... a bathrobe I made for my son! Emily@nap-timecreations.com

  6. I love the whole outfit especially the yellow contrastic with the snowflakes fabric.

  7. I love your color combo! Such a cute outfit!


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