Operation $0 Striped Dress {guest post brought home}

I am so excited to be here today for Operation $0, thank you so much Suzanne for inviting me!!! About 99% of the time, I sew out of my stash rather than buying anything new for a project, since I tend to buy fabric as I find it on sale, rather than waiting to have something specific in mind (my stash pretty much rivals most fabric stores, some people may say I have a problem…….) so this series was right up my alley! My daughter Emmie has been asking for a new dress for a little while, in an Anthropologie “style” (since she is a tween and has gotten all opinionated 🙂 ) and I decided that this series was a great way to kill two birds with one stone! Here’s the dress she settled on for inspiration,

and here’s my Operation $0 offering, Emmie’s Anthro-ish Dress,

I used 2 yards of navy and cream striped, cotton fabric for the outer body of the dress, and 2 yards of a plain cream, cotton fabric for the lining.  

 The bodice is made from my own block that I made for Emmie off of her measurements, and then refined in a fitting, with 2 darts in the front, and 2 darts in the back. I changed from the original Anthropologie dresses shape here, since I wanted to make it more child friendly; I widened the straps, and raised the neckline. Emmie is also not super into sashes, as in she REALLY doesn’t like them at all, so we went with a leather belt instead.

 There is a cream hidden zipper in the side, that was a 22″ zip from my stash, I just cut it down to length.

I tried to line up all of my stripes through all of my seams and darts, and I even tried to gather the skirt blue stripe to blue stripe, so that the pattern stayed visually uninterrupted. 

 Emmie always feels fancy when I sew a label into her handmade clothes; I guess they feel more real to her then! I sewed the label to her lining before sewing it to the dress, so that the stitching didn’t show through the back of the dress. As a side note, I try to always mark my clothes for size so that I don’t have to try to remember later what fits, and I can pass things on to others more easily (when I am custom making something, I tend to mark it with the size I know she is in store bought clothes, Emmie is a 12-14 right now, so I just put 13 as an estimate)

The whole dress is lined in the cream cotton, I loose lined the skirt so that it acts as a petticoat, and the fully lined bodice makes the cream stripe more opaque! The lining skirt is about an inch and a quarter shorted than the outer fabric skirt, so that it never peeks out the bottom of her dress.

I’m pretty sure Emmie felt fancy in her new dress, she was determined to borrow a red belt and a pair of red heels from me (since we wear the same shoe size) but I was able to get her to settle on something more child appropriate 🙂

 The belt was mine from 100 years ago at Target, and I just had my husband punch an extra hole in it so that it fit her! There’s a hook and eye at the top of the zip to take the tension off the zip (and I have the zip starting about an inch below the armhole, Emmie was worried about zipping her underarm skin into the zip, and that alleviated her concerns!)

 Emmie pretty much felt like a movie star, with the addition of her new prescription sunglasses, I think we are going to struggle to get her to dress in jeans and a t-shirt again after this! (getting *fancy* water on your photo-shoot break is a CLEAR sign she’s a movie star right?)

 Emmie loves dresses as everyday wear, and I think that although this dress looks more dressy, the cotton fabric will make it easily washable, and she won’t have to think twice about romping about in it!

 (And of course in a dress this posh, we had to do a country club photo shoot right? I just want you to know we were chased off the golf course shortly after this picture was taken 🙂 )

Thanks again Suzanne for having me, it was fun to get a dress that looked this expensive for no money out of my pocket!

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