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.
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.
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