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5.12.2010

The Preston Dress

This post is part of a month long series called 'Pattern Makeover Month.' I took a simple pattern (The Sweet Dress by Leila and Ben) and 'made-it-over' into many different styles. For more information, go here.




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Are you ahead of the game and working on school clothes? Add some longer sleeves and you have a perfect school girl frock!




To make the sleeves longer, simply lengthen them! I found that to make them bell like sleeves that weren't too wide, it worked to just keep them exactly square with the original pattern. To find the length, measure the length on your child from the underarm seam to the length you want your sleeve. That will be the amount you add to the pattern.



This apron is just a square of fabric with finished edges. It is stitched right across the front with no gathers.





A is for Apron
B is for Bell Sleeves

and
C is for too, too CUTE!








(Baby Sis wanted in, too!)

9 comments:

tong said...

I love the puffy sleeves! And adorable little models!

Kate said...

That one really is too cute and perfect for school. Love it!

theteo5 said...

Thinking about making sleeves makes me burst into hives! This is adorable though. Love the longer sleeves and as always, love the fabrics you chose.

Angela C. said...

Love the length and shape of the sleeves!

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Brooke said...

All of these dresses are adorable!
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Lacey said...

Holy Crap Kendi has grown so much!!!

What an adorable dress too!!

heather said...

My second youngest will start Kindergarten in the Fall and I am wracking my brain trying to think of things to make for her now to get her school wardrobe ready by then. I love the idea to use the pattern for simple school clothes, and I think making a few tops from the pattern is in order. Thanks !

Ana said...

Beautiful!!
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Natalie said...

Very sweet!