Flip this pattern: Tinny dressAugust 02, 2013
Since first discovering landscape and pastoral fabrics being used in dresses via my friend An from StraightGrain (have you seen this dress?), I have been wanting to make one up for one of my girls. I also recently saw this beautiful dress by Trine from Groovybaby and mama, and thought, "right, that's it! I am making one!!" I found this beautiful fabric (called Morning Meadow by Wilmington Prints) last weekend at a local quilting store and then wondered which pattern I would use to create my landscape dress. Perfect - An's Tinny dress pattern! Then I can join in with the awesome series, Flip this pattern:) You might have seen my first Tinny dress when I guest posted on An's blog in June. I loved the pattern and was keen to make it again.
So Flip this pattern is a fun sewing series hosted by Ashley and Emily at FrancesSuzanne (two sisters who sew). In their series, sewers are invited to take one pattern per month and 'flip' it or modify it however they like. There are 12 patterns on the year long series calendar. There are great prizes to win too.
So in deciding to flip the tinny dress, I did not want to flip it beyond recognition. I wanted it to still be recognisable as a tinny dress but with some changes that would really show off the fabric. And since landscape print dresses are truly Belgian style, I thought the tinny pattern paired with this lovely fabric would be a great combination. This is how I 'flipped' StraightGrain's gorgeous Tinny pattern:
Edit: if you want to swap an invisible zipper for an exposed zipper, you will need to account for the added width the exposed zipper creates in the width of the bodice back. My zip added 2cm (3/4") to the back bodice width. I accounted for this by cutting 1cm (3/8") from the centre back edge of each back bodice piece. If you are using a metal zipper, you will break your sewing needle if you try to sew over the teeth! I hand stitched the skirt at the point where the zip and skirt meet.
So I am loving this dress....
My beautiful girl turned the big five last week!! Don't grow up too quick!!