Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tank Dress


Oh!  How I love this little girl.   As she grows and becomes more upright, it's been fun to dress her in a few, well, dresses.   Because she inherits most of her older brother's clothing, and I'm happy to have her in primarily gender-neutral blues, greens, grays, reds and browns, I realize that I may sometimes need to make a special effort to embrace her feminine side as well.  Thus was born this dress -- the first I've made for baby A.  It's the product of another storage-box upcycle -- a tank I love, but which is seldom worn.    I simply trimmed a band at the waist to make it shorter, added three pleats to the neck, and hemmed along the inner arm holes to make them child-size.  Finally, I added ribbons to bring the waist in a bit.  I'm liking the results, and I'm happy to think that this dress will fit for quite a while -- through the toddler years, becoming a tunic as my girl gets bigger.


Amazingly, our autumn days still warm up enough for this dress to be worn on it's own; but it would also be easy to pair this with leggings and a cardigan in the coming months.  Yes, it's been good to celebrate a bit of femininity!  I can see more of these to come.

P.S.... My Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway will be continuing for two more days.  To all those that have left comments and have become followers, likers, or fans -- thank you so much!  It's wonderful to connect with so many new people.   I'll be hosting a giveaway of a different sort to celebrate 100 fans on Facebook, and over 60 followers on the blog; it will begin immediately after my Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway ends.  Details to come.

9 comments:

GemmaJoy said...

Thats such a great idea

Stella said...

That little dress is ADORABLE!!!! Seriously, I want one!!! Your little girl also reminds me of my bub for some reason, I could totally imagine that it's a bigger Eleanor in that photo, too cute!

Christine said...

So cute!

Seedling said...

Thanks guys! Stella, your wee girl is adorable! Seriously, how do you get anything done when there are those gorgeous cheeks to kiss?

e.c said...

It does work! :)
That is such a sweet dress. Who would have thought that one tank purchase would become so economical?! Now it can last and last and last.
Your baby girl has such lovable chubby rolls!

Mrs. Darling said...

This is an adorable and easy idea! Who doesn't have clothes in the too nice to toss, not nice enough to wear box?!

Seedling said...

E.C. I'm so glad I figured out the comment box and that it's working better.... This was such a simple project -- given that I'm such an amateur sewer, I'm sure anyone could do it!

Stella said...

Ha, just found your response to my comment! Yes those cheeks can be rather distracting!

Seedling said...

Stella, I totally sympathize. ("Hmmm. I really should do the dishes....but wait! Must. Kiss. Cheeks. For. Next. 15. Minutes!") It's an affliction. But as far as afflictions go, a nice one to have.