I love online shopping, I love finding cute indie shops and concessions that are not too popular, but cater for a different fashion taste. One of these is Moddolly. I just love their cute little dresses, and their simple whimsical style. I could buy it all… if I was about 3 sizes smaller! Yes unfortunately I look and love, not look and buy. I don’t hold it against them for sizing me out, honestly I am fine, I am plus sized, I am overweight that’s my issue. To be honest, I am thankful as this is one of the driving factors that set me on the path for a DIY wardrobe: I get exactly what I want in fashion, and not have to compromise.
SO on one of my look and love binges I stumble across this:
Looking at it, I thought I can make that… so I did:
The fabric was extremely cheap as Gingham goes, I ordered 3 meters @ £2.50 per meter, with free P&P. Most places stock this as a basic, in many colours and sizes, I went for a mid sized grid, not the large, as I felt it was closest to the original. I also ordered a batch of lace trim zips, one for the dress and more for the stash. I felt that i could not tackle an invisible zip or a side zip on my own drafted pattern, instead opting to make a feature of said zip.
It started with an oversized smock pattern I had drafted for my oversized tie-dye dress way back when. I made it slightly smaller and just gathered a skirt out of the material left over. Gingham is amazing to work with as I felt I had a reference grid on hand all the time, so easy to cut that way.
The sleeves were just basic short sleeve, but I finished them with a cuff that is similar to the Inari pattern (If you are unfamiliar with that, basically I sew on a cuff and fold out to cover all the seams, then and sew and invisible stitch to keep it in place) the hem was just a simple fold as the fabric sat so neat.
The Peter Pan collar was an issue. Unlike the original, that has the collar not follow through to the back and just on the front, I decided to do a full collar. I wanted to be able to sit it over jumpers and tie a bow under it. There was a lot of trial and error with paper cut outs, but eventually I managed it, and I used an iron on interfacing for structure. The collar has a gap for the zip on the back and I adore it being a big feature, I think it adds to the overall feel of the piece.
I had planned for it to be oversized… unfortunately when on and being plus sized it made me look very large. So i added some darts and pleats on the front waist seam and it has just added enough shape without being too tight and just another skater dress.
Overall, I loved the challenge of looking and studying, and just figuring it all out as you go. In the end I made a beautiful piece. Even though it is very thin, which is ideal for summer, I can layer it up with tights, vests and jumpers for autumn. In the pictures I styled it with my thigh high boots, I would wear this out but I WOULD NEED TIGHTS. For summer, wearing it as is with some sandals would do. I plan to add a black bow tie at some point as well.
Thanks for reading guys, don’t forget to check out my Instagram for the latest sews.