Blue Dress Gets A Funky, Quirky Update

Well, the weather is finally starting to warm up… [Or so I THOUGHT! Brrr!]

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But either way, this little dress was ready for a big [but simple] update. I made it… Hmm, last year maybe sometime? The days–they blur!

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Anyhoo, it is a sweet little dress with a simple bodice and skirt. When I made it originally, I decided after the fact to add sleeves… and then after that, to elasticate and ric-rac ’em.

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So since the sleeves were an add-on, that made them uber-easy to remover. I just grabbed my handy dandy seam ripper, and took off the sleeves.

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Shazaam. Instant sleeveless dress.

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So, originally, I had thought I’d just remove the sleeves… But then I cocked my head to look at it for just a moment too long… And I was off to do more!

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The pocket, though satisfactory to Sis, was just a little lacking for me. So I removed it too.

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Then I gathered a couple of fun coordinating scraps and some ric-rac to make a couple of new, bigger pockets. [The trick with ric-rac is that you sew it to the front of the fabric (floral fabric, above), then turn under the fabric to reveal just half of the ric-rac design (polka dot fabric, above), then top sew to hold the seam and ric-rac in place.]

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I cut two long, narrow strips to make my pockets; folded them in half, right sides together (right, above); and then sewed a “U” curve, leaving the top open. [You could also make square pockets by sewing straight down to the fold on either side of the pocket.]

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Trim the excess fabric and snip around the curve so your pocket will turn right-side-out easily.

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It will look like an unfinished pocket when right side out (left, above).

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But since we are making a patch pocket, finish it by sewing straight across the top, closing the opening.

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Once your pockets are sewn across the tops (making them “patches” rather than “pockets,” pin them in place on the dress.

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Attach them to the dress by sewing around the sides and bottom of the “U.” Leave the tops unsewn to form the pockets.

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Then it was on to flowers! I played around with different scraps and felt flowers I have before landing on these three fabric flowers (these are SO fast and easy to make! See here).

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I hand-sewed those on, and we were good to go!

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Thankfully, my little model was feeling particularly cooperative…

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…Especially since the expansion of pockets was involved…

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…Yep, she was pretty excited. Well, that… And the fact that we were heading to the playground, but still…

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I so love giving a piece of clothing a fresh new look! So fun!!


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OH! And SPEAKING of “so fun”… Heather Bailey has issued CampClem a crafty sewing challenge!! [Sissy’s expression best sums up my feelings on this matter.] So scoot on over to our facebook page to stay tuned for all the juicy details, and how YOU can craft & sew along!! WHEEEEE!


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