Here’s a new dress for mini, it’s sort of a tunic dress made from some leftover candy blue Klona cotton, and some Makower craft cotton.
It fits okay, but it didn’t quite work as planned – it’s a toddler dress pattern from the second Great British Sewing Bee book, with a couple of adaptations. I really like this book, it’s got some good ideas, but why do the children’s clothes come in either 0-12m size or over 3 years? That’s just annoying when you have a two year-old who’s not out of nappies.
Anyway, I tried to resize it by just drawing it a little bit smaller, and that worked okay, but I think where I messed up was on the back – it’s supposed to be a zip back but I thought shoulder fastenings would be easier (I’m also a huge zipperphobic), The pattern already overlapped on the shoulders, so it should be easy, right?
Well. I got confused with the seam allowances in converting the two back pieces to one, had a brain fart and added too much to the back, tried it on her to measure the fastenings, and ended up sewing them totally wrong – that’s why there’s two snaps.
I wish I had a whole meter for of the bunnies fabric and could have done all of it like that, but it looks okay blended with the blue, right? It’s got a ripple of cornflower blue ric rac to add some extra detail and cover up my wobbly seam line.
It’s gorgeous fabric though, no? Rabbit and Hare Mustard by Makower bought from Fumble, there’s some other colours too. Pretty rare to see a grown-up bunny fabric that doesn’t have a Watership Down vibe, it’s still pretty cute with the little pops of blue.
It’s got some nice detail on it, I like their big Bambi eyes!
The ric rac slips off the back seam a little bit, but meh. The Klona is a bit stiff and a total PITA to iron,but it does soften up a bit after a few washes.
I lined the bodice with an offcuts of ditsy polka Rosali fabric (from the Cath Kidston ikea range), you’ll see this a lot in my makes cos it’s cheap and versatile.
Have another look at the bunnies – love them! As you can probably tell, I’m a big fan of bunnies, so I really love this fabric. The dress was pretty easy to construct, but I think next time I’ll just stick with the original pattern and zip it up the back.