Okay, here’s Pigg#2’s Christmas Dress this year. When I started testing the Adaline Dress and Tunic, (click here to see my post about testing the dress) Pigg#2 told me she didn’t want ALL of her dresses to be pink. And I said “Oh! Okay.” but was thinking “WHAT? Most of the time you like things simply BECAUSE they are pink!” and “YES! Maybe we are breaking out of the ‘Pinkalicious’ phase!”
And I showed her this green stretch lace with scalloped edges I have been using in my Etsy shop for banners and ornaments. And we found this slightly gray fabric with the faintest shimmer.
Her eyes went big and she literally gasped (have I ever mentioned Pigg#2 has a flair for the dramatic?) And she asked me every day after if I’d made her Christmas Dress yet.
I used the scalloped edge along the bottom of the skirt and the top of the color block for the bodice. I sewed the bodice top and bottom together, then basted the lace along the arms and bottom and hand tacked the scalloped edge down. Then I finished the rest of the bodice as usual. With the skirt I basted the two layers together before gathering and then attached it to the bodice as if it were one piece.
While this is probably technically NOT a pattern hack since I didn’t change any of the pattern pieces and I sewed it up during the pattern test, I did make some modifications for some personal preferences and to match the vision in my head. I moved the elastic around the wrist to the very edge, removing the ruffle and creating just a long puffy sleeve (not sure if it counts as a bishop’s sleeve but similar). I also added 3 to 4 inches to the length of the dress. Hopefully these adjustments will allow room for her to grow. And possibly keep her legs warm and underwear covered when she’s at church.
She really likes the dress. REALLY likes the dress. She feels so very fancy in it!
You can find the Adaline Dress and Tunic (affiliate link) at bellashunshinedesigns.com
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