Dresses are still a big deal with Lil. And she has HEAPS! The problem is, they get washed and then put into the ironing basket ready to be ironed...and I am not ever good at keeping on top of the ironing. So her cupboard is usually pretty scarce when it comes to dresses which does not make her a happy camper!
When I was making a new round of Basic Tees for the kids, it dawned on me that a tshirt style dress could be the answer to our problems. No need to iron and very low maintenance!
This dress was a lot of fun to make, I didn't use a pattern, just quickly drafted something up and it worked a treat. I did make one mistake...cut a lower front neckline on the back piece - duh! I didn't have enough fabric to cut another back piece so filled in the gap with a scrap and left raw edges showing. I quite like the accidental detail it creates at the back.
I decided that 3/4-length sleeves would be more practical for our spring and early summer. Not quite warm enough every day for short-sleeves and means that we don't have to bother about layering long-sleeved shirts underneath.
The dress was initially a little nightie-ish looking so I added a MASSIVE flower applique to the side - using raw-edge applique on knit fabric. Now I'm in love and dreaming up other colour/applique combinations!
Imagine massive cherries, cat faces, speech bubbles, the sun, letters, shapes...yup, there are going to be many more of these popping up for summer!
And little brother had to get in on the action with our photoshoot....