The First Day Of School Dress That Almost Wasn't
I'd like you all to know that you shamed me into making this dress. Until I saw all of your posts on clothes that you made for your kid's first day of school, I had resigned myself to the fact that this dress just wasn't going to happen. O definitely had an idea of what she wanted - "I need more long sleeved dresses" - but I didn't have any fabric in my stash that would meet her demands and I don't live close to any store that sells apparel fabric. I had just accepted the fact that it wasn't going to happen this year, but then the guilt set in and I knew that I had to get my butt in gear, so we headed to a fabric store the Saturday before school started to search for some jersey fabric. Unfortunately I wasn't in love with 99% of the knit fabrics that I saw. So many were polyester knits and the others weren't particularly kid friendly. Fortunately, stuck in between a bunch of quilting cottons was this Heather Ross knit fabric that just so happens to be 100% cotton and very kid friendly. Now if it looks familiar it's because:
1) it's been used all over the internet and
2) I actually made O a shirt out of the red version of this fabric for her first day of school last year.
I swear that I didn't plan to use the same fabric for another first day of school outfit. I'm a huge nerd, but not that big a nerd.
In an attempt to make O a nice comfy knit dress I started with the Flashback Tee pattern, elongated it, and widened it at the bottom. My so-called attempts at pattern modification didn't go so well though. I tried to add gathers to the sleeves, but I didn't alter the sleeve enough so you can't really see the tiny, almost nonexistent gathers.
I also attempted to scoop out the neckline but I got a little overzealous and cut out way too much so I had to add gathers to the front to prevent the dress from looking like an off the shoulder Flash Dance tee. Then I had some trouble getting the binding to lay flat along the neckline, but that's par for the course for me. Also, the dress fits a bit bigger than I was imagining but that's probably because O is a string bean and I should have gone with a size 4, rather than the size 5. The good news on that front though is that this dress will probably fit her for longer than a week. Woo-hoo!
So, the dress is not quite what I imagined and doesn't fit quite like I would have preferred, but I seem to have a happy customer anyway and in the end, isn't that all that matters?
Happy first day of school, O! You go, girl!
PS - You may have shamed me into making a dress, but you didn't shame me enough to make another backpack! Store-bought backpack, baby!
PPS - Like the painter's tape on the door? Keeping it real around here!