I recently got inspired to draft a little dress for Millie. I saw some people talking about dresses for children with sensory disorders. Someone was looking for a dress that had no closures, no major seams, lots of flow. Millie doesn’t have a sensory issue, but I thought it would be cool to tinker around with a style that would work for that kind of issue.
The style and shape of the dress are pretty simple, I used a t-shirt pattern that I had and just extended the neckline by a couple inches and also the armpit lines. I figured gathering the fabric would allow for some extra flow while also being a cute design. I also flared out the sides to give it more fabric. To add some visual interest, I made it a high low hem, just for fun.
I was kind of figuring things out as I went along- I realized I hadn’t drafted it in such a way that the ending circumference of the neck line and arm holes would be intuitive, so I just took out the original pattern and measured how big those holes were supposed to be and gathered to that. I cut the bindings to about 85% that length to pull them in a bit and not have them gape.
I decided it would be easier to sew the sides together before gathering the arm holes so all the gathers would be even under the pits without a weird gap at the seam. I just serged the bindings on both the neckline and the armholes. Easy peasy :)
The fabric I used was some stuff I bought from Joann’s ages ago that has a weird mystery fabric content. Probably polyester cotton spandex mix of weirdness. It is kind of clingy and full of static, also really warm! I think it might hold too much heat for summer in Texas, but the reason I used it was because this dress was just an experiment, I had no sentimental attachment to it, and I knew Millie would love it for the color and the butterflies.
As it is, I think this dress is cute, but I think I would ADORE it if it were made of some sort of thinner flowy woven fabric instead of this weird knit. But I don’t know how I would go about sewing something like that without closures.. Then again, Millie doesn’t have that sensory issue so that shouldn’t be a problem for me! I just thought it would be neat to challenge myself to create something that fit into those parameters.
Millie lost her tooth the morning before this little photo shoot- she was REALLY excited to show off her new little smile :) Also- holy moly this girl needs a haircut!!
I think I’ll keep working with this style, examining these photos, I really like how it looks. I think next time I’ll make the shoulders a bit more narrow and open up the armholes more and make it more tank top-y. I may even play around with a racer back for giggles.. Making things from scratch is fun!!
Also, every time I do make something that I’ve drawn up instead of just made from a pattern, I always think “Gee, maybe I should have taken photos of the process and made a tutorial for that”. Would anyone actually be interested in something like this? Lemme know if I should make the effort :)