Sincerest Form of Flattery swap: kojo designs

Well, my guest blogger(s) today needs no introduction, am I right? 

The lovely sister team of Kirsten and Jordan are a-ma-zing. I love everything they make-and they are so stylish. Check out their About Me pages too-I had no idea they were such world travelers! I thought I was so cool having been to England and France. lol. Anyways! Here are just an INKling of what they’ve got on their awesome blog for ya. One of my favorite projects EVER: the upcycled vintage doll pram, the newborn ruffled skirt, the pieced jersey dress, and a fun play tent!

Not to mention their jaw dropping parties. I wish I lived closer so I could crash see these parties in real life!!

Storybook Baby Shower

I’ll let them take over now! 

Hello there Craftiness is Not Optional friends! It’s so fun to be guesting here today. See, we love Jess. Like lo-ove her. We love her sew alongs, we love her sense of humor, we love her darling pics of Sadie and Charlotte, we love her mad sewing skills, we’ve LOVED doing the Sincerest Form of Flattery series with her, just love the girl.

And since we know you love Jess too, it’s like we already have something awesome in common with y’all. Love that!

Here’s hoping that you also share our love for Knock-Offs, because today we have a tutorial to share for a mini version of Anthropologie’s Sun Shades dress.

Get the full tutorial after the jump!

To make a little Sun Shades Knock Off, you’ll need:
-a yard of white cotton fabric- on the thicker, not see-through side
-a yellow tshirt or rectangle of yellow jersey
-coordinating yellow ribbon (it’s more ‘marigold’ than yellow, really)
-sewing supplies

 1. Measure your little one’s chest (right under her armpits). Double this number to figure out the width for the skirt portion of the dress. Measure from her sternum to her chins to determine the length of the skirt portion. Add an inch to both measurements and you have your dimensions for your ‘skirt’ rectangle. Cut from white fabric.

2. Double roll the bottom edge and press in place (this will become your bottom hem later).

3. Cut a whole pile of 1/2″ lengths of yellow jersey (make sure they’re as long as the width of your skirt rectangle).

4. Pin the yellow jersey every three inches or so onto the white cotton. Near the bottom, throw a row of yellow grosgrain ribbon in there as well. Stitch in place (for the yellow jersey, just sew in place with one line of stitching, for the ribbon, sew near the top edge and near the bottom edge to secure in place).

5. Add three inches to your chest measurement to determine the width of the bodice (an extra inch for seam allowances and two inches for overlap). I determined the bodice length by using a similar dress from Piper Jane’s wardrobe (for reference, it was about seven inches tall, which includes a seam allowance on the bottom edge). Sew lines of jersey along the bodice (similar to the way you stitched them onto the skirt). Cut another, same sized, white cotton rectangle (this will be the bodice lining).

6. Stack the two bodice rectangle, and fold into a tube slightly larger than your chest measurement, with a two inches of overlap down the center of the back of the tube. Cut triangular armholes 3″ down and 2″ in on each side.

7. When you unfold your double layered tube, this is what it’ll look like. Pin the two pieces together, right sides facing in. Pin grosgrain ‘sleeves’ to the top of each armhole (tuck the grosgrain in between the right sides so that the sleeves will be on the outside when this is turned right side in). Remember, you’re pinning sleeves into four places. If you need to make sure the sleeves won’t be twisted, pin in place and turn right side in). Stitch around the perimeter, leaving the entire bottom edge open.

8. Turn bodice right side in, sew a length of grosgrain ribbon across the top of the front. Seam rip the top corners where the ribbon meets up, tuck the ribbon in and top stitch in place.

9. For the ‘skirt’ piece, fold the right sides together, match up so the jersey pieces and ribbon pieces meet exactly. Sew in a tube. Also, hem the bottom at this point.

10. Press pleats around the top of the skirt portion, matching the diameter of the bodice (you’re cutting the width of the skirt top in half, so it’s a lot of pleats).

11. Flip the pleated skirt inside out, tuck the right-side-in bodice into it, pin together and sew in place (it’s hard to show, but the bodice is tucked into the upside down, inside out skirt). Make sure the back of the bodice overlaps until it is just slightly larger than your chest measurement and line your seam up with the place where the bodice meets (the seam will run down the middle of the back of the dress).

12. Stitch around the entire perimeter. This will secure the pleats in place.

13. Add velcro on both sides of the bodice overlap so that the bodice has closure.

14. Tie another length of grosgrain around the waist as a belt.

15. Done! A sweet, cheerful, Anthro-y dress for any little ray of sunshine in your life!

Thanks again for having us… come on by the kojo blog anytime to say hi!

Hop over there today to see my Shabby Apple knock off! It’s Sadie’s current favorite dress, which is a big compliment, I suppose! :D

And don’t forget to check out Knock Off Decor- the sponsor of this blog series!

Comments

  1. Loving the Sun Shades dress!!!! So stinkin cute!

  2. I always laugh at how they have little Piper Jane ‘stand’ for her pictures.
    Loving this series so far too!

  3. Chins (so funny, but true).

  4. I’m going to assume ‘chins’ was deliberate and not a typo, although Piper Jane is a pretty little bitty girlie. Chins definitely applies for my little girl! ;)

  5. i’m so into sunny yellow right now that dress is adorable!!

  6. This is such a gorgeous dress! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-anthropologie-inspired-dress-for-baby/2011/04/20/

    –Anne

  7. What a darling dress! Makes me wish I had a little girl :)

  8. Darling!

  9. Great dress. I’ve been wanting to make one for me, but I love the little girl version too.

  10. Great job. The dress turned out fabulous. I have two little girls and absolutely love the generosity within the blogosphere for sharing stuff like this. Thanks!

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