I enjoy reading sewing series on the blogs. And once in a while I like to participate in the sew-alongs just for fun.
This time what I sewed along for is Knock It Off series at Elegance & Elephants. I would have mixed feelings for buying the obvious knockoffs, but this is just a fun sewing challenge.
I do not usually checkout high-end designer clothes for myself or for my daughter. I am not even familiar with many designer/brand names. Most of my daughter's store-bought clothes come from Old Navy or Tagert, and few items from other stores and online. Everyone has different views on values, and I just cannot justify spending too much $$$ on clothes. So when I thought about this challenge, I did not know which high-end designers to checkout. I checked Janie and Jack online, one of the few children's clothing stores I know. I like their classic style with just enough amount of modern feels. Their girls' dresses are so sweet and something I would want my daughter to wear.
From all the dresses I liked, I picked this knit dress for the challenge. The details include asymmetrical collar, flap pockets with gold buttons and grosgrain ribbon, and a keyhole opening in the back. The dress sells for $49.00.
I used the pattern pieces from Five and Ten Designs to create this look. I drew asymmetrical collar pieces out based on the collar pieces that came with Five and Ten Designs pattern, and the pockets flaps are just hand-drawn. Since I was sewing with knit, I skipped the lining.
So I copied the asymmetrical collar...
and the keyhole in the back.
I searched for hidden flap pockets patterns or tutorials, but did not find anything I could use. I kind of experimented it without testing it out first, and they did not turn out well... I did not want to sew the button holes to the flap (I was afraid I would mess it up), so I sewed on snap buttons to keep the skirt from draping down. Momo is excited to have the pockets and snaps, but I am not happy with those pockets...
Looking at the photos, I realized how the skirt hem looks odd. This knit fabric is not very stretchy and I did not need the hem to stretch, so I used the regular straight stitches. I did not see how the hem looks bulky and restrictive until I saw those photos. Also I noticed the gathers around the waist has too much volume. I should have made a circle skirt...now that I see the store photo again, I see the original dress seems to have a circle skirt. Maybe not a full circle, but a 3/4 circle skirt would have been great, I think.
So here is my knock-off. I see the mistakes and I am not completely happy with the dress, so I think I will try to fix them. Meanwhile, I am petting my shoulders for challenging something new ;)
Linking up to those fun parties.