The Wendy Dress
I promised details on the Wendy Dress in the Peter Pan Party post and here they are!
Because I tend to be a stickler for details I wanted Dinah’s Wendy Dress to be as accurate as possible.
Some elements it needed to have:
- Boat neck
- Empire Waist
- Puff-bottom sleeves
- Flowing skirt
- Large blue hair bow
This dress ended up being a Frankenstein with pattern parts coming from many different sources…
I based the bodice on the Winter Rose Dress from iCandy Handmade. I sized it for Dinah and then chopped it off to make it empire waisted.
I drafted a sleeve block for Dinah and then adapted it to make the puff-bottom sleeves. I used the tutorials found on ikatbag. Such a great resource!
For the skirt, I didn’t want there to be a lot of bunchy gathering at the top, but I did want the skirt to have a ton of movement at the hem. A circle skirt was the perfect solution. I used the MADE circle skirt tutorial to make a pattern last fall for Dinah’s Goldilocks skirt. I pulled it out and added length to the hem.
To adapt the skirt to a dress, I simply cut a line from the hem to the waist. I stretched the waist out to match up with the waist on the bodice, pinned and stitched them together. After that I inserted the invisible zipper and stitched up the seam.
I didn’t want to lose any length at the hem, so I used my handy-dandy rolled hem foot. I purchased this foot separately when I purchased my machine. There was a learning curve to it, but I was able to figure it out and I was happy with the result. It isn’t perfect, but since this was just for a play costume I was okay with how it turned out.
The finished product is a perfect swirly, twirly Wendy Dress!
Oh, and I made a cute over-sized hair bow for her.
She likes it. 🙂