Type of item: Costume
Style: Traditional, Classic, Cute
What was your inspiration?
I wanted to make a peasant dress for my niece. We were going to the Rennisance faire and she was going to be he only one without a costume. I found a costume that would be about he right size but it was for a Snow White/ Rapunezel costume. I really didn't want a "character" dress so I used the general sizing to cut e everything out, then changed it up. I changed the back zipper to a front lacing and split the from of the skirt. I also eliminated the sleeves and did some shoulder lace ups to make it fully adjustable. My goal was to make a dress she could wear for the next several years. I left a very deep hem so it could be let out in the future. I also made a little cotton chemise for her to wear underneath.
What are you most proud of?
That I got the hems perfect! My niece lives 10 hours away and I did he whole thing based on text messages from my sister. I would send her an emergency message ask for another specific measurement and then wait seeming forever for her to get back to me. After all one does not desturb an tiny childs nap to measure how long her arms are. Lol. When I go there and face her the outfit she was so excited. She kept twirling and calling it her spinny dress. I was very glad that the helms were in the right place and I didn't have to alter anything.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Don't be afraid to reinvent a pattern to suit your vision. I very rarely use a pattern without altering it. I think Of them as basic guides for sizing.