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Thursday, December 7, 2017

School Uniform for Fall? or Sewing a Blue Dress

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The final project on my list is one I had intended to make over two months ago, but it just kept getting put off.  A crisp navy blue dress.

A while ago, I made a sailor uniform to wear to Phoenix Comicon.  I used some blue poly poplin material for the the collar and skirt, but I bought a much, much larger amount more than I needed.  I thought it would be useful for other projects.

For  awhile, I was thinking it would look great for a dress.  Something for Fall, though in my mind it kind of started looking like a school jumper.  Pair it with a polo and it works as a school uniform, right?

So let’s see.

A cute school-like jumper style dress made with navey blue poly poplin and trimmed with crocheted lace.

Do you think my new navy blue dress looks like a school uniform?  Maybe a little cuter than some of the pieces I’ve seen.

Simplicity 1061 women's dress pattern, for slight vintage looking a-line sleeveless dress with a matching bolero jacket.

I used the bodice from this pattern by Simplicity, but I made the straps a little more narrow both because the style of the pattern is too wide for my taste and because I’m a bit more on the narrow side compared to most store bought patterns anyway.

Making a cute school-like jumper style dress made with navey blue poly poplin and trimmed with crocheted lace.

For the skirt though, I opted to make a rectangle skirt instead with a gathered waistline.  In retrospect though, I think it would have worked better for this fabric to use an a-line skirt.  Live and learn.

Making a cute school-like jumper style dress made with navey blue poly poplin and trimmed with crocheted lace.

I trimmed the neckline with some nice white crocheted lace I bought at SAS (see A Spooky Black Craft Haul).  I wanted to add a bow or two as well, but I couldn’t make up my mind on where to stick it and what size.  It just leaves more room for broaches and other accessories (speaking of which, check out my button broach tutorial and lace applique broach tutorial).

Making a cute school-like jumper style dress made with navey blue poly poplin and trimmed with crocheted lace.

I added the same lace along the skirt.  The perfect way to complete this “school girl” look.

Here’s the updated list:

Seven projects down and out, but there’s no time to celebrate.  It’s time to start with the holiday crafting!  It will be a light list this year since it’s so close to Christmas, and I’ll have it up tomorrow.

For now, maybe a little bit of celebrating?


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