Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fashion According to Six Year Olds: Green Stripey Monster



Oh boy, am I tickled with this one!  I giggled the whole time I was sewing this up.   It's been in my head for a long time now.   Back in February, I blogged about an art lesson I was teaching my first graders.  They answered the question, Is clothing art? and designed their own clothing using all sorts of wallpaper scraps.   It's a great lesson.  We designed clothing on a large sheet of paper underneath an oval.  At the end, we cut out the oval and the kids "try on" their creations by holding their face up to the oval.  Hilarity ensues.    


Anyway, last year I had students spend a day sketching ideas first, much like a real fashion designer would.  Six year old fashion designers!  Their drawings were so amazing- I was totally inspired.   I knew I had to try and make something they designed.   I finally got around to it this past weekend.

 
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I had the perfect fabric in my stash for the little green top- this stripey rayon knit.  Don't you love the scallops?  Ha! That's what convinced me to make it up.  It's not exactly like the drawing, of course.  Just my interpretation of it.  The fabric is quite possibly the most difficult fabric I've worked with yet.  It's lightweight, bouncy, super drape-y, clingy and very stretchable.  I fought with it.  Battled with it.  I ended up underlining it with a cotton interlock that was much better behaved.  I was very careful not to stretch out the rayon knit as I basted it to the interlock.  I think it worked out.  I'll be interested to see what happens when I wash the dress.



It's definitely not perfect, but I love it anyway.  I used my favorite Burda 2-2011 long sleeve tee pattern (are you tired of hearing about it?) to make up the dress pattern.  I also used my a-line skirt pattern to help guide me on width and length for the bottom half of the dress.  I wish I had actually made a paper pattern because I'd love to make another tee shirt dress in the future, but I didn't.  I just pinned everything on the fabric as I went.  I had to piece the back because of the direction of the stripes.  We'll just call that an intentional design feature.

 
Alright, so it may make my butt look big-- I'm okay with that.  It's a tee dress.  For loungin'.

I sewed the scallops first.  I fused tricot interfacing to the hem of the rayon knit and then sewed the scallops with the interlock, right sides facing.   Sherry, your tutorial was mucho helpful.   I flipped the interlock to the inside, carefully poked and pressed the scallops.  It didn't take long at all.  Then I treated the interlock like an underlining and basted all the edges.  At risk of upsetting the sewing gods, I didn't do it by hand.  I used a super wide zig zag stitch and loosened up the top thread tension all the way.  Worked like a charm.   Then I sewed up the rest of the dress with a narrow zig zag, matching stripes.  One sleeve is a tiny bit off.  Luckily I am not a perfectionist.  I love the neck binding and how it looks like two different pieces.

I had an incredibly awesome time making this.  So much fun bringing one of those drawings to life.  I may have to try another soon.  That bicycle tee is calling my name...



21 comments:

  1. That is so awesome! I love the colors and the big giant stripes, and how the stripes match up to well on the sleeves. Great job!

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  2. toferet has already said all that I wanted to say, so.... DITTO!!

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  3. That is so much fun. Will you wear it to school to show this year's class? It looks too nice for mere lounging IMO. The sleeve stripes matching the body is very cool. I love the top photo, though you do not make a very scary monster....

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  4. crazy amazingness! I think you could go far with this.

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  5. Thanks so much, peeps!

    kbenco- I think I may wear it to school. Maybe with a pair of leggings underneath. The kids would get a kick out of it! For some reason, the dress reminds me of a monster. A friend told me I look like one of the characters from yo gabba gabba :)

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  6. That's very groovy. I can see how you head a heap of fun with this one. The portrait is very groovy too. Just to completely overuse the word groovy - the fabric was a groovy find as well. Groovy baby!

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  7. Utterly gorgeous But the blue dress with the big heart is still my favourite.

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  8. Bernice- I borrowed a painting from work! And groovy is such a great word.

    Valerie- I've been brainstorming ways to put the big heart on fabric.... ;)

    Thanks, Tabatha!

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  9. It's absolutely brilliant! Will the original designer get to see what you made from their sketch? It's truly fabulous. Those stripes are amazing. And I don't think it makes your behind look big at all. What fun. I love hearing about your teaching.

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  10. awesome idea and so fun! you should totally wear it to school. the kids will love it! The scalloped edge is a great touch. I love the story behind this dress!

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  11. This is so cool! And I agree with the others, wear it to school and see what the kids think, and report back, please! :-) Awesome dress! :-)

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  12. That is AWESOME! I have had mixed results trying to make things based on child-fashion-sketches, but this is grrrreat. And you totally must wear it to school.

    Good job on the scallops and taming the terrible fabric---I love wearing those drapy rayon knits, but sewing them can be so disheartening! :D

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  13. Oh, it's gorgeous!! Your students' drawings ARE inspired, and you did a great job bringing it to life... you must be the best teacher; eva!

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  14. your "stick to it"ness (is that a word?) is amazing!!!!!!! I don't like messing with the knits....

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  15. What a fun idea! How did your student like the end result? It would make an adorable kids dress too.love scallops...

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  16. Very groovilicious! Great matching of the stripes on the body and the sleeve! Scallops make you a dainty, feminine monster.

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  17. hello cool dress, and hello burdastyle FP featured project!

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  18. So adorable! I love the genesis of the project. I am also super impressed with your perfect stripe matching of the body and sleeves of the dress.

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  19. I have just visited after your winning Oscar via Karen! Love this idea & your dress - genius & so perfect! I can't wait to read some more of your posts now :-)

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