Did you gals see me on the pattern remix series over at Me Sew Crazy last week?? I have to admit, I love to follow instructions so I don’t have to think on my own – so this opportunity made me think outside my sewing box. Remix a pattern!?!? I told myself I could do it….
I really like the dress on Simplicity 3513 – simple and cute. I’ve it a couple of times for my girls. Since it’s pretty basic I thought it’d be a good remix….
The first thing that came to mind was a bustle – they seem to be all the rage in the craft blog world. I’ve seen a lot of them, but I hadn’t seen a tutorial, so I just made it up as I went. With the back pattern piece I cut out a triangle. (Mental note – next time the triangle needs to go a lot higher, so the bustle hits on the rear, not the back of the knees.)
With the triangle piece that I cut out, I sewed on pre-ruffled layers of tulle and coordinating fabric – here it is with a few strips on:
Next on the main back piece I sewed on a strip of pleats for a finished edge. You could also just turn it under. Then I sewed the cut-out triangle back into it’s spot.
The back turned out like this, pretty cute:
Another alteration I made was to omit the sleeves. I just left them off and then turned under and topstitched that raw edge where the sleeves were supposed to go – and also added that flower for interest (it’s a gathered flower, rolled up – I show a how-to here):
Here’s the front view – - thanks for making me broaden my horizons!! Oh, but I did stick in my comfort zone of using sheets as fabric – love that