100 Dresses: Two Summer Sundress

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Pattern: Two Summer Sundress by Natalie Larson. Ravelry Link.

Size: 18 months, but I suspect I made the skirt too long.

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease
Fabric: Way Out West by Marie Rose. I don’t know if this was new or vintage when I bought it a few years ago at Playthings in Studio City.

This one is not technically finished, as I still have to sew grosgrain ribbon to the inside to cover the seam and reinforce the straps, but I just had to photograph it now. I love the combination of knitting and sewing!

7 thoughts on “100 Dresses: Two Summer Sundress

  1. JulieFrick

    May 23, 2010 at 9:13am

    I’ve almost finished the bodice for this one, and the pattern is starting to mystify me a bit (not the knitting part, but the sewing part). Would you say if I just power through and do what I THINK it’s telling me to do, I’ll be okay?
    .-= JulieFrick´s last post ..HV Sampler: Carole’s Star =-.

  2. Stephanie

    May 23, 2010 at 9:28am

    Nice! I was thinking about making one of these for Irina. Sewing machine’s broken though.
    .-= Stephanie´s last post ..Time Rewind =-.

  3. Annika

    May 23, 2010 at 9:43am

    I totally faked it. I still have to sew on the ribbon and stitch up the back, but unless something goes horribly wrong in one of those steps I’d say you can pretty much do whatever and it’ll be fine.

    Here’s what I did with the fabric:

    Turned up the sides once, pressed. Turned up the bottom once, pressed. Turned up the sides again, stitched. Ditto the bottom. Pinned the top edge to the bodice, starting with each end and the center and then pinning halfway between each pin until there were pins every two inches or so and nice even-ish gathers. (It would have worked equally well to baste along the top edge and gather that way.) Then I sewed the skirt to the bodice.

    And that’s as far as I’ve gone, because I was in such a hurry to photograph it. My plan is to sew the ribbon on the inside edge, over the raw fabric edge, and then overlap the back edge (buttonhole side on top, of course) and zig-zag it closed. Then I just need to add buttons.

    …that sounds like a lot now that I’ve written it out.

  4. courtney

    May 25, 2010 at 12:09am

    Oh, these are so wonderful. Will you be saving these as Grace grows as keepsakes? If my baby dresses were these fantastic, I’d want them kept for safekeeping with my baptism dress or something. Awesome.

  5. Annika

    May 25, 2010 at 8:40am

    I am definitely definitely DEFINITELY keeping them. My mom recently sent me a dress that I was given on my 6th birthday, and having that so many years later means SO MUCH to me.

  6. courtney

    May 26, 2010 at 1:50pm

    Yay!!! That is wonderful (both that you are and your mom sent you that dress–that’s awesome.)

  7. Amy

    May 29, 2010 at 1:10pm

    I am in love with the dress.

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