Amanda’s Mini-Me in Bold Novelty Lace

I had a large remnant of black and white wavy lace left over from last month’s Mood Fabrics skirt. One of the things I loved about this fabric was the solid black wave along the selvages. I couldn’t utilize it in the skirt, so I went looking for a simple dress pattern to make something for Rachel.

black and white chevron lace dress

This is McCall’s 6058, a pillow sack dress pattern that’s reversible. The inside fabric I used is the same tan cotton blend that I used for my skirt. Since the pattern was for an infant, I made the largest size and added 6 inches to the length. It was really wide in the neckline when I used the elastic guide that came with the pattern, so I recut the elastic several inches shorter and redid that area. If I make this again I’ll use the medium size with the added length. She’s pretty tiny but this pattern is super wide.

black and white chevron lace dress

I was careful to lay out the front and back so that the bottom black wave was uninterrupted, which you can see in the below picture. The side seams of this dress match as well, although some of the waves are a little cut up. That couldn’t be helped since this dress has an a-line shape.

black and white chevron lace dress

Instead of using fabric for the straps, I used 1″ black petersham grosgrain ribbon, also from Mood Fabrics. Petersham is 100% rayon. It can be ironed into curves, unlike regular polyester grosgrain, and is just a better quality ribbon.

black and white chevron lace dress

 

The back:

 

black and white chevron lace dress

I have now successively used up all of this fabric. It’s really fun to have a little person whose clothing doesn’t take much yardage.

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Comments


  • SunGold
    August 2, 2013

    Adorable!

  • Sarah Gunn
    August 2, 2013

    This is the most chic Mother/Daughter ensemble ever! You are going to have so much fun sewing for your daughter!

    • Amanda S.
      August 7, 2013

      Thank you Sarah! I’m not sure we’ll be wearing our coordinating garments at the same time…

  • Ginger
    August 3, 2013

    How cute! I love this lace on her– it’s really different from what you usually see in RTW little girls’ clothes and it’s so fun!

    • Amanda S.
      August 7, 2013

      Thank you Ginger! Yeah, I don’t see much black available in little kids’ RTW. Although, when some store has it, it is snapped up super fast.

  • coco
    August 3, 2013

    Beautiful little dress and adorable girl. She is so pretty.

  • Carolyn
    August 3, 2013

    This is sooooo cute! OMG! What a wonderful use of the fabric and your daughter is adorable in it.

  • Lori VanMaanen
    August 3, 2013

    This is so cute, the fabric styled with the dress is amazing.

  • Claudia W
    August 5, 2013

    Back in the day, they never dressed children in black, however small the amount or with another fabric ever. It was considered too mature a color for kids. But I love to see young children in black with other colors. It just seems to work so well with their beautiful skin tones, now matter what color their skin! Gorgeous little dress!

  • Amy
    August 6, 2013

    What a cutie! That dress is just perfect for her. And, I love the addition of the ribbon at the neck.

  • crystalpleats
    August 16, 2013

    This is such a special fabric. All it needed was a simple shape to show it off.

    • Amanda S.
      August 26, 2013

      Thank you Crystalpleats!