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« on: February 28, 2018 05:21:02 PM »

My sister had a shirt that used to be my grandpa's that she got as something to remember him by after he died. She decided it wasn't really all that useful just hanging in a closet and asked me to make it into a dress for her 3 month old.



The shirt (I forgot to take a picture oops) was very see through so I pulled some fabric from my stash to use as lining. And for a long time, that is as far as I got. I kept putting off making the dress because I was having a hard time figuring out how to make it. I didn't want to make a peasant dress style and I wanted to incorporate the snaps. Also, I was more than a little intimidated to cut into this shirt because there was no replacing it if I messed up. And wouldn't you know it, I cut out the bodice pieces wrong.

I had found and bought a pattern for a baby dress with buttons all down the back. However, it made a separate button placket for the entire dress. I didn't want to do this because I was planning on using the snaps already on the shirt and just wanted to cut out bodice pieces and skirt pieces. In hind sight, I could have just used any baby dress pattern and it would have worked. (Oh well. Live and learn.)  Since I had paid for the pattern I wanted to use the bodice pieces (to justify my having purchased it in the first place). But when I cut the pieces out, I had forgotten about the separate button placket. Which meant that my pieces were to short to overlap and button up. Gah!

Luckily, it turned out to be a fortunate thing. Because of this the front bodice piece is the blue fabric without being covered by the white, and I think it turned out really cute. To fix my mistake I just sandwiched the snap plackets that I cut off from the too small bodice pieces in between the new blue outer bodice piece and the lining.  This meant that the top of the snap placket was raw, while the rest of the neckline wasn't. So to fix this, I added bias tape around the entire neckline.

To show the pictures of the dress to my sister (who lives in another state) and to kind of check fit, I used my 6 month old as a model. It was a little tight on her, but luckily fits my niece perfectly and matches her cowgirl boots.



And here's a closer look at the sleeves, which is my favorite part of the dress.  I made them using the cuffs from the shirt.

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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2018 05:24:53 PM »

1). Your baby is adorable!

2). The dress is beautiful!

3). I have that same pillowcase! Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2018 08:02:53 AM »

What a wonderful way to remember. Such a little sweetie all dressed up.
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2018 11:17:23 AM »

What a wonderful use of that shirt.  It looks adorable.
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2018 11:47:39 AM »

Thanks ladies.
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