Saturday, August 3, 2013

McCall's 6058 - Black + white zigzag toddler dress

I had a large remnant of black and white wavy lace left over from last month's Mood Fabrics skirt. One of the things I loved about this fabric was the solid black wave along the selvages. I couldn't utilize it in the skirt, so I went looking for a simple dress pattern to make something for Rachel.


This is McCall's 6058, a pillow sack dress pattern that's reversible. The inside fabric I used is the same tan cotton blend that I used for my skirt. Since the pattern was for an infant, I made the largest size and added 6 inches to the length. It was really wide in the neckline when I used the elastic guide that came with the pattern, so I recut the elastic several inches shorter and redid that area. If I make this again I'll use the medium size with the added length. She's pretty tiny but this pattern is super wide.


I was careful to lay out the front and back so that the bottom black wave was uninterrupted, which you can see in the below picture. The side seams of this dress match as well, although some of the waves are a little cut up. That couldn't be helped since this dress has an a-line shape.


Instead of using fabric for the straps, I used 1" black petersham grosgrain ribbon, also from Mood Fabrics. Petersham is 100% rayon. It can be ironed into curves, unlike regular polyester grosgrain, and is just a better quality ribbon.


The back:



I have now successively used up all of this fabric. It's really fun to have a little person whose clothing doesn't take much yardage.

44 comments:

  1. oh Amanda, she is darling! The way she posed for your is adorable; I can't believe how big she is now. The dress- yes this is about sewing, heh heh, using the edge for the hem is super cute.

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  2. Such a cute dress and little girl! Matching the waves is perfect and oh so necessary for a dress like this.

    Karen

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  3. What a cutie! Her little bee hair bow is a perfect complement.

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  4. So cute, great use of the fabric.

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  5. She is so darling in her new dress!
    I've found the Big 4 to run really wide for kids clothes too... even for not so tiny kids.

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    1. Thanks Gabrielle! I can fit toddler size patterns better then baby size, it seems.

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  6. so cute, I love her poses and her curly hair.

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  7. Shortly I hope to get more time for sewing. Then I will see more patterns for our "little" girl of 4.THis dress is adorable. I love the fabric too.
    Love, Wilma

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  8. That fabric looks great for your girl's dress! Rachel is so incredibly cute, she puts a smile on my face.

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  9. Adorable! I love your blog. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. How and the world can your baby be so big - it seems like it was only yesterday that she was born. That dress is gorgeous on her!

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    1. My baby is nearly 3 years old! Thanks!

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  11. The dress is so cute and your daughter is adorable.

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  12. OMG, how adorable, both the dress and the kiddo! What a great use of the remnant.

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    1. Thank you Alexandra! I really love being able to use remnants up and not having to store them.

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  13. Too cute for words! Perfect sewing as well.

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  14. She is a gorgeous little doll. Oh and the dress is cute too.

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  15. So cute! She's so good at modeling for you!

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    1. Thanks Kelly! She has come along way in her ability to stand still, thank goodness!

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  16. She is just too cute. Wonderfully classy way to do mommy/daughter matching outfits.

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    1. Well, I'm not sure we'll be wearing our coordinating clothing together. Thanks!

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  17. Super sweet, you've reminded me if the days (7 years ago) when I was making dresses for my daughter! Yes, elastic guides for little ones are never right, I've come to just ignore them and call my kid over for a measurement.

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    1. Duh, I've learned my lesson. I always try to finish something up at night when she's sleeping. Thanks Kristine!

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  18. AWESOMENESS!!! What a cute dress on a CUTIE :)

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  19. Ela é realmente linda!! E como fica fica bem nas fotos! O vestido ficou perfeito, parabéns!

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  20. Lovely dress! Really nice use of some awesome fabric. Adorably sweet model too :-)

    (Just changed to my wordpress account!)

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  21. Awwww, she's so cute! And looks so happy in her new dress!
    You have an award waiting for you on my blog:http://stepalica.blogspot.com/2013/08/liebster-nagrada-liebster-award.html

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    1. Thanks AnaJan! I don't participate in blogger awards anymore, but thanks for thinking of me!

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  22. She is more than cute in her beautiful dress!

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