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Made by a Fabricista: Mom and Daughter Dresses



This month I really wanted to sew up matchy matchy Mother/Daughter dresses and my daughter has been asking for a dress with a high-low hemline.  This seemed like a great time to get to work since she really needs a few summer dresses.

It can be a challenge to find material that is suitable for my daughter as well as me so when I spotted this colorful ITY knit I knew it would be deemed acceptable by her and by me! It is sold out now, but you can find other ITY knits HERE. Normally I stay far away from polyester anything and everything during the summer but ITY is so thin that it works pretty well for most weather. 


For my daughter's dress I used McCalls 6827 and extended it.  After completion I wanted to hack off some of the back of the dress but my daughter likes it and calls it a "cape." 


For my dress I used McCalls 7348 and it is a TNT pattern for me.  I narrowed it a bit more around the skirt portion and made two slits at the sides.   I decided to line both dresses with some thin mystery knit that I received in a Fabric Mart bundle and it worked great.  Lining the ITY keeps every bump from showing and also solves any potential see through problems. 

I am pulling up the skirt so that you can get and idea of how long I made the lining. 


The mystery fabric was sheer and knit but perfect for this project.


I really love the way this bright dress turned out for summer.  I wore it to swimming lessons on the evening that these pictures were taken and I have to say that if a wet toddler sits on your ITY dress after swimming- when you stand up, it dries out in a flash.  I love that!

 

I stabilized the hems on the sleeves, the shoulders and the splits with Design Plus fusible stay tape that I won during the Fabricista challenge.  It worked great in all areas with the exception of the sleeve hems which it made a little too fixed.   




My photographer for these pictures was none other than my 7 year old!  I think she did pretty good!
And my 3 year old was along for the ride- and the popsicles. 


Thanks for reading!

Elizabeth

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