Two weeks ago, during the release, I showed you two Miss Polly's. Today, on the blog tour, I am showing a third, a dress I made with Sewpony's pattern. With the first two dresses, I really followed the instructions. For this third, my hacker brain was allowed to play. When I saw the first version of the Polly, I assumed that the flaps were functional but they aren't in the official pattern. The version I am showing you today does have functional flaps though.
When I was sitting in front of
my fabric closet, it was not coming to me. None of my woven fabrics
where speaking to me. My woven selection is much smaller than my knit
collection, but I still must have had over 20 coupons that did not seem
suitable for my eight year old's Polly. I went through my upcycle pile
and a pair of jeans caught my eye. I have read on several occasions that blue denim is trending again, so I settled on an upcycle project. Upycled jeans are very retro and perfect for a retro pattern like this.
legs of the trousers were (of course) not wide enough for the entire front, so I
decided to use the original seam as a decoration in the middle. I told you in this post, that I
love upcycles that use elements from the original garment. When I tried
to cut the front piece from one of the jeans' legs I realized
that the dress needed the entire leg's length, and the crotch curve was
ruining my straight middle seam. After some debating with myself, I
just unpicked the seam and sewed it back (a bit to the side) such that a flat surface was
created, but the seam is curving slightly to the side.
I took the belt
holder from the jeans and used it as decoration on the front to draw
attention away from the curve. I
also added one of the back pockets to the back of the dress. The back
has the same asymmetrical curve, so some attention drawer was also
advisable there. My daughter told me, to my surprise, she liked the
white background side of the Wolf cape best. I had a small piece left,
and this dress was as a perfect opportunity to use a bit more from it.
The flowers give a very retro feel in combination with jeans.
I finished the shoot and edited the pictures, I realized, I had made a
mistake in the placement of the snaps. The flaps were curved
incorrectly, now not the entire front neckline was showing. I adjusted
and took two new pics. The shoot was not as successful as the day before, so I kept some pictures with the incorrect neckline as well. My husband does not see the difference, but I do,
do you, do you see which two have the correct neckline?
The original design has one decorative button on the flap. I knew that
one button would not be enough to keep the flaps in place in the right
angle. I therefore added another "invisible" one, it is not through the
entire flap, only through the lining. On this picture you can see the
inside before I re-adjusted the snaps. I glued a fabric covered button on the outer snap, I am curious to see if it will remain in position after washing, but I assume it will.
promised you long sleeves, and I was really planning to make them, but I
feared they would not work with functional snaps. I do believe it is
possible though, so let me think about that one a bit more. Want to see more Polly's now? Today is just the first day of the tour and check out the line up! Due to the blog tour there will be a 15% discount on the pattern from Monday 4th april - Friday 15 April with code: MISSPOLLY15 in the Sewpony shop. The code works for the other patterns too.
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