To use up the last of the linen from my adventure skirt (and top), I decided to make the twins dresses. There was about enough fabric to make one dress, so this required bringing in a coordinating fabric. I dug out some more of the blue-grey shot cotton gauze I used for the bindings on the little top. Although it’s a very different fabric in terms of thickness, weave, and even texture, something about the white threads make them both work well together, I think.
I wanted something with a yoke and gathered skirt and no sleeves, and I basically found it in Style 1487. Thé only drawback was that it’s a size 2, which is still a bit roomy for the twins. However, they have this annoying tendency to keep growing so I figured I’d give it a try.
They are pretty adorable if I do say so myself.
All in all the dresses are definitely a bit roomy, but not catastrophically so. They’ll fit for the length of the summer for sure, and if I’m lucky still work next summer.
After a lot of quick knit projects on the serger and coverstitch, there’s something soothing about a classic 70s pattern with all the “traditional” home sewing touches. These are no couture gowns, but they were fun to make.
My only real irritation is that the “bodice” of the pattern is actually a yoke, which doesn’t come the full way down the armscye. I didn’t really think much about this at the start, but it means that the top of the armscye (in the sleeveless version, anyway), is finished by the lining, but the bottom has to be finished with bias tape. Either of these methods alone is fine, but I was annoyed at having to do both.
On thé other hand I really like the proportions, and the gently flared shape and square neckline and pockets. So it is what it is.
I wanted to make sure I blended elements of the blue cotton fabric into both versions of the dress, since the yokes were all of the linen fabric. One possibility was to add blue piping around the neck. I did a frankly terrible job of applying piping to the neckline, to the point where I decided not to try that with the other bodice. I’m a little annoyed with myself as piping used to be something I was fairly good at, but not enough to try to go back and fix it.
The lace is different between the two bodices as well, and applied differently—one before the skirt, and the second one after, as I realized that by applying the lace first I made it impossible to tuck the skirt seam in between the layers of the yoke. So the internal finishing isn’t quite as neat on that version. I still like how they both look, however.
The backs are meant to be finished with a centered zipper, and I chose to add buttonholes and buttons instead. I didn’t draft extra overlap for this, although I did sew with a very narrow seam allowance along the CB edges of the yokes, and they seem to accommodate the overlap well enough.
My biggest worry now is that I feel like the dresses are too “good” for everyday wear and I’ll want to save them for nonexistent special occasions. But hopefully I’ll get over that, because while they weren’t exactly couture they’re still a lot more work than knit leggings, and it took me several weeks of incremental sewing to get them to this point. I want the twins to wear the snot out of them.
4 responses to “Cottagecore Mini”
These dresses are so lovely – definitely let them wear them all the time (except when eating!) They should be well-loved! Also, way to go having the energy to work, mega-parent and to pursue your craft,
More pics of those adorable daughters of yours! A sight for sore eyes as they say 🙂 I’m on the mend from cataract surgery so I meant this statement in more ways than one! Those dresses and pics of those beautiful girls just made my Saturday – LOVE the dresses! They look like a pic of “olden days” and to learn they were made with an older pattern somehow just polished off the whole post! If you were to put the pics in “sepia” no one would believe these were recent photos 🙂 Thank you for a lovely and uplifting post! I think your sewing skills gets better all the time!
Wonderful to see these dresses on your daughters. The beautiful differences make the matched set special. I think the choice for buttons really kept the cottage core aesthetic.
Love the dresses, and your daughters are adorable in them!