Knit halter dress for summer

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We had a great day today!  The kids and I visited the new location of my daughter’s Mother’s Day Out program in the morning.  We saw a few of our friends and got to play with new toys. (always so much fun)  and my son got to visit with his pre-school teacher from last year.

I packed a picnic lunch with us so we could stop at the play park on the way home.  The sun came out and we were able to have our lunch and play for quite a while, before the call of nature sent us home…

I knew I wanted to finish the halter dress I was working on, so I broke into my secret play-dough stash (for emergency use only) and sent the kids outside, where they played well together for a couple of hours. (Meaning I only had to go out there and mediate/discipline/hug away tears every 15 or 20 minutes…)

Here is the completed dress:

This is a free pattern put out by Stitch Magazine and Oliver and S.  Here is the link if you are interested in trying it:

I can’t complain too much since the pattern was free, but I definitely prefer regular tissue paper patterns over pdf patterns.  This pattern is a 30 page document and it must have taken me 2 hours to cut everything out and tape it together.  Ugh!  The dress came out really cute, so the time was definitely worth it, especially since it sewed up so quickly.  I did lengthen the pattern to a dress.  She wears a 4t to 5t so I made the medium size.

I used another one of my daughters dresses to determine how long I wanted this dress to be.  To make it longer, I extended the length of the dress by 4.5 inches and then added a 4th ruffle that was 7.5 inches high and 27.25 wide.

One of the reasons the dress sews up so quickly is because the design of the dress does not require you to hem the ruffles.  The ruffles are cut on the bias and the instructions just have you sew a straight stitch along the edge to help keep the material from fraying.  Since I used a knit fabric, I wasn’t planning on hemming the ruffles anyway, but at the last minute I decided tho add that straight stitch as an accent.

I am not sure if I am happy with that decision.  The stitch caused the fabric to pucker a little instead of hanging flat.  I am tempted to pick it out, but would hate it if the stitch left holes or marks in the fabric.  I did use a ball point needle.  Here is a close up picture of the ruffle, can you see where the fabric is turning up?  Any opinions on what I should do?

My son has a Polo shirt that I bought last year at the Children’s place that is the exact same shade of yellow as this print.  I do love to dress them in complementary outfits.  I hope I can get away with it for a couple of more years before one of them stops letting me…

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  1. Stephanie Smith says:

    This is too cute. I might have to try using free patterns sometime. I do see how they would be a pain, but you can't beat free.

  2. Anne Maskell says:

    Your daughter looks very happy with her new dress! I lovethe bright cheery yellow!

  3. Rachael @ The Little Birdie says:

    This is such a cute dress! I really want to try some things for my little one, I just haven't been brave enough to jump out and do it, haha! Thanks for stopping by The Little Birdie! I would love to see some of your fantastic projects linked up to our party! 🙂 I'm following you now!