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Topic: Hanna Andersson Day Dress for adult  (Read 1706 times)
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« on: May 05, 2011 03:12:49 PM »

I really want a Hanna Andersson style day dress like this one:
But for an adult. How difficult do you think it would be to make? (I'm sort of looking at it going "I really want this. But... So many buttons!"
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2011 10:59:24 AM »

I don't think that would be all too difficult to make, really.  It looks similar to an adult style that was popular in the early 90's.  I don't know if you could find a single pattern for it, but you could really easily add a gathered rectangle skirt to a top, and finding a top like that would be easy enough.  Also, because grown-ups are built differently from kids, you'd actually need an opening to extend past the waist, most likely.  The easiest way to do that would actually be to do a zipper in the side or back, which means those buttons don't need to be usable!  You can sew them on permanently, and skip the buttonholes!

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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2011 06:04:52 PM »

Cool. Do you happen to know if the style had a particular name?
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2011 09:10:43 PM »

You might try looking for babydoll dresses.  I remember that style when I was in elementary school in the 90's!

« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2011 09:33:02 PM »

Babydoll dresses are really cute, but if someone could guide me to a style with a waist that hits more around your natural waist, that would be great, because higher waisted dresses have a tendency of making me look rather large than I am...
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2011 06:23:45 PM »

I've had these 90s dresses for adults - they're so comfy. If I were making this dress I honestly wouldn't even use a dress pattern. It's made of knit fabric (like t-shirt material) so you can just trace a t-shirt that fits you well for a pattern. If you want functional buttons, cut the pattern down the middle and add a couple inches for the overlap before cutting it out in your fabric (do the same if you want a zipper, though with a knit fabric I'd stick with buttons because there's a good chance a zipper will go all wavy). Have the t-shirt come down to your waist, then just add a rectangle skirt. To make that, you just need a rectangle of fabric 2X the length of the bottom of the bodice, gathered to the bodice. I agree with Aislynn that the opening has to extend past the waist, so either more buttons or another closure. So for example if you were doing buttons with a rectangle skirt you'd attach it to the bodice with a seam center front so you can have overlap there.
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2011 10:33:46 AM »

My mom actually had a bunch of these for the summer, i think she might still have some. it actually doesnt have a closer at the waist or in the back because its stretchy and kinda loose...it has a few buttons up front but thats it, you just throw it over your head and it goes on easily. She had one that didnt have a bunch of buttons in the front, and it just had one button in the back at the top to close the neckline. if you use the jersey or some stretch material youll be fine.
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