Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Reversible Easter dresses to wear the whole year round

After making our newest doll two reversible knit dresses, I wanted to try the same technique on a bigger dress. I took two fabrics from my stash, one with bunnies and flowers (which I bought at Suz designers stoffen) and one very special digital print jersey (bought at Joyfits). It is a panel and it shows a picture of a forest with animals drawn on it. I bought the fabric at the same time as this one. Deciding what to make from it, and how to cut it, was even harder because the fabric is actually just one big picture and I kind a wanted to use every part of it.


I am all for breaking the rules and especially my own apparently. Last week I stated that every dress should have pockets to immediately ignore this rule the next week. Due to the reversibility, putting in pockets would mean putting a double thick pocket (both sides would need its own set). I feared this would create strange bumps so I left the pockets out. I will explore reversible pocket possibilities another time, because I know I should be able to use one set of pockets, but I wanted a quick project this time.



I love making this type of the dress, all seams can be done with a serger (with the exception of 10 cm side seam which you have to close by hand). No regular sewing machine needed, no binding, no hemming, lovely!


After finishing the dress for my middle daughter, I saw I still had a nice piece of both fabrics left. I therefore decided to give my eldest the same type of dress. I didn't have enough digital forest to cut both a back and front, so I opted for a plain back back. I couldn't cut both the back and front in one piece from the bunnies either, but there I made a seam at the back between the skirt and bodice.


I love the fact that although the dresses are made from the same panel, the forest part of the dresses are different. I did succeed in putting a bunny on both fronts though. My girls both liked the green bunnies better than the forest, I prefer the forest. I think these are perfect all-year-round dresses. In winter and fall the forest print looks lovely combined with dark colored tights and shirt. In the pictures my eldest is wearing black and my middle daughter is wearing dark blue. The light green outside is perfect for warmer weather. The dresses can than be worn without clothes underneath. The pictures were made on a nearby street. I did not wanted to really undress my daughters in public and the weather also didn't allow sleeveless either, so I used same shirt and tights for the spring/summer side as well.


I drew both from regularly used dress pieces. For my eldest daughter I used the Louisa base like here (this time I added some flare at the bottom), and the dress for my middle daughter has the Princess castle dress from Ottobre as its base.


From the digital jersey a small piece with a lovely squirrel remains. I wasn't in the mood now, but I will use him in one of my coming project. He might make it into one of my Kids Clothes Week projects. He fits the wild thing theme perfectly. Today I posted my second post as  KCW contributor, check it out here.



I love to hear what you think of my creations. Feel free to leave a comment in the language you prefer (although Google translate might have to assist me if you choose something different than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian). 

16 comments:

  1. I love that the dresses coordinate without being exactly the same! I really enjoyed your post for KCW today! I'm excited to have some planning time today!

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    1. Thanks Louisa, I am looking forward to your flamingo teeth outfits ;)

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  2. They look so cute! The digital print is amazing. You're right, it's perfect for KCW.

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    1. I have an interesting triangle shaped piece left so it is a nice challenge to come up with something nice.

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    1. Door die omkeerbare trui twee weken geleden ben ik helemaal into omkeerbare kleren, ik vond het verassend hoe complex het in elkaar zetten was, niet gewoon binnenstebuiten naaien en draaien, want dan komt het niet goed.

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    1. Ook goed voor de stashbusting plannen ;)

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  5. Wat leuk je dochters in dezelfde jurkjes! Heerlijk als je ze bijna helemaal met de overlock in elkaar kan zetten.

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    1. Zo blij met die lock, een geweldige investering was dat. Hoe gaat het met je Theo?

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    1. Nu ik meer mijn best probeer te doen qua fotos ben ik continue op zoek naar nieuwe fotolocaties. Toen ik de narcissen een paar weken geleden op zag komen wist ik dat ik ze wilde gebruiken als locatie, zo vrolijk!

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  7. Mooi! Je creativiteit en leuke ideeën zijn echt bewonderenswaardig!

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    1. Dank je, ik houd vooral van die nieuwe ideeen leuk die je op 1 of maximaal 2 avonden kan naaien, zo leuk om meteen resultaat te zien.

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