Hope you are having a good week so far! My daughter turned three last month and we celebrated by having her friends over at a bounce house. She requested a pink Minnie Mouse dress for her birthday and I had exactly what I wanted to make in mind. A few weeks before her party, I was out shopping at Estate sales, which is a hobby of mine. I came across this prom dress from the 80’s that screamed shoulder pads and sleeve headings. But I saw the potential. All I could think was Minnie Mouse 🙂 So I did some nip and tuck and gave this dress a makeover.
The dress is self-drafted. It has an unlined bodice, with a facing for the neckline, gathered sleeves with a band and a ruffle skirt with an invisible zipper in the back.
Here is the view from the side. I added self-drafted gathered sleeves and added pleats to them for a poofy look. I also added sleeve bands to make it look a bit dressy 🙂
We managed to get a decent family picture. This wasn’t exactly a “mommy and me” outfit (I refuse to dress like Minnie Mouse!), but we happened to match! Yes, I wore all white after labor day and threw in a pop of color.
Here is a closeup of the applique and bow.
Details of how I made this dress are below:
I used the adult size dress and re-purposed it. I self-drafted the bodice for the dress. This can be done by either using a ready made garment and copying the pattern using painters tape (check out my tutorial). Or if you want to do it the technical way, you can do pattern making using a sloper. I studied pattern making with Suzy Furrer at Apparel Arts back in 2011 and 2012. Luckily now she offers online classes and you can check out her pattern making classes HERE. Suzy is brilliant. I learned everything I know about pattern making from her. I will be writing more about her in my 5 part series about women who inspire me.
To make the Minnie mouse applique, I downloaded this free printable from www.postivelysplendid.com and used it as a pattern to cut out the velvet from the bodice of the dress.
For the bodice, I used an off-white ponte knit. I interfaced the velvet to give it structure and did a basting stitch all the way around the Minnie mouse to prevent fraying. Then I hand stitched it down to apply it to the bodice. I free-handed the bow. I hand tacked that down as well.
And that is how the Minnie Mouse dress was born. I made this the night before her party. As always, I was sewing last minute 🙂 It was worth it. She loved it.
That’s it for now. I am currently working on this grey maxi dress for myself. What about you? Any sewing projects for this week?
I hope you are having a fabulous start to October.. See you soon with more creative clothes!
ps. I’ll be posting the progress of my projects on my FB page as always.