Have you seen the movie Secretariat? I watched it the other week, and it was pretty good. Especially the last race! (I may
The main character, Penny Tweedy, played by Diane Lane, wears some fab clothing. (the story takes place in the 70's) One outfit in particular caught my eye. I knew I HAD to make my own version for the Sadester.
Here's the original, from the movie.
Not the best shot, but the only one I could find. (awesome bag, too)
I love the simplicity of the two toned dress, and added details. The bias tape trim and button flap are easy to do but are striking, no?
It zips up the back with an invisible zipper. (and looK! I lined up the bias tape pretty good. miracles do happen)
Little Miss Sassypants likes it too.
I don't remember where I got the aqua fabric, but it's got a pretty sheen to it. The white fabric is just bleached muslin.
Poor thing had her shots the day before. (hence the band aid and red arm.)
So here's how I made the Penny dress.
main fabric ( I used about 3/4 yard of the aqua)
accent fabric (same for the white)
First, trace around a tee that fits your child and then draw a simple A-line dress shape. You can also use a purchased A-line pattern to help get the size right if you're worried about that. Make sure to add seam allowances around your pattern. (I usually use 1/4"-3/8")
Then about 1"-1.5" below the armpit, draw a line across.
Cut the pattern apart, and write on the pattern your directions. (which way the fold is, to add seam allowance to the bottom of the bodice and top of the skirt...also add 1/2" to the edge of the bodice piece when you cut your back pieces...for the inv zip)
Then cut out your pieces. Cut two on the fold for the front bodice.
Cut four of the back bodice piece, adding 1/2" to make room for the inv. zip. Not on the fold.
Cut two of the skirt piece, one on the fold, and one piece with an extra 1/2" for the zipper and seam. The bottom of each piece (skirt to bodice) should match up along where they are to be sewed together.
Also cut 2 small pieces of fabric 2"x6", then cut one end into a triangular shape.
Now pin the front bodice to the back bodice pieces, at the shoulder seams, and sew together. Do this for both sets.
Press your shoulder seams open, then lay the bodice pieces right sides together (RST), lining up the shoulder seams again. Pin around the neck and armholes. Sew along where you pinned. Then clip curves if needed and turn right side out.
Press with your iron.
Then grab one side of your bodice piece, where the armpit ends. Open the two pieces of fabric like so.
Do the same with the other side of the armpit, and pin RST.
Then sew. Repeat for other side, and press with your iron.
Now for the skirt. Lay the two back pieces on top of the front piece, RST, and sew the sides together.
Serge of zig zag stitch to finish edges.
Then take those two small pieces of fabric for your button tab, and sew along the long sides and the point.
Trim corners, turn right side out, press, and top stitch along the edge.
Then figure out where you want the placement to be, try it out with your buttons so you can be sure to have enough room!
Then pin and baste to the bodice. Trim extra.
Now take your skirt, and pin it to the outer side of your bodice, RST. Leave the lining alone.
Make sure to match up the side seams as best you can.
Then sew the skirt and outer bodice together.
Take your lining piece and fold up and press your seam allowance. (1/4" for me this time)
Then pin it if you like...I like to so it doesn't shift while I'm hand sewing.
Then thread a hand needle, and start sewing the lining to the skirt. Take small stitches along the seam, making sure to not take your stitches below the seam line, that way they won't show on the outside of the dress.
Keep going until you're done sewing it together. I don't do this on all dresses, mainly because it doesn't bother my girls. It's a nice way to finish a dress though, and is definitely worth it on nicer dresses...or if you're willing to take the extra 10 minutes.
Next make some thin bias tape. I cut my tape to be 1.25" wide, then pressed in half, and then pressed each side to the middle.
Pin two rows along the seam line, and under the button tab. Make sure to space then evenly!
Also make sure they match up on the back!
Then top stitch on each side of the tape. Insert your invisible zipper, and then hem how you like. (I fold and press up 1/4", then another 1/2" or so.
Then you're through! Done with your groovy dress!