Designer Menswear Fabric for a Little Girl’s Dress
The menswear suitings call to me from the the pages of the Mood Designer Fabrics website. All the houndstooth, herringbone and plaid patterns make me giddy even though I have no plans to make a men’s suit anytime soon. Gray Herringbone Suiting, Plum plaid Suiting, Beige Plaid Suiting, and a Khaki Houndstooth all made it to the final cut and I knew a little girl’s dress was the project to make.
I settled on this Ralph Lauren wool houndstooth suiting sight unseen (which had me a little worried since I’m such a tactile fabric purchaser) along with a few other inspirational fall/winter fabrics. MoodFabrics.com promised a “flannel-like feel” and I was not disappointed. The fabric is so soft, it’s hard to believe it’s 100% wool (not once did my daughter say it was itchy).
In a world where it feels like 8 year old little girls don’t get to stay little girls quite long enough, the vintage style of Simplicity 8021 mixed with a fabric touted as “great for period pieces” created a dress reminiscent of days gone by.
Instead of a fabric collar for this “prim and proper” dress, I opted for a detachable crocheted collar I made a few months ago
When using a menswear fabric for a little girl’s dress, little feminine details are very important. I started with a very wavy invisible zipper which I immediately tore out. My next try was an exposed vintage, mustard, metal zipper. Sometimes things go wrong to make room for better things to go right.
A little lace to finish the hem and a brightly colored floral lining from the stash helped silent my daughter’s my daughter’s fears that I was using a “boy fabric” for her beloved Christmas dress.
I love the way this pop of color adds a modern touch to the vintage-inspired dress but the zipper installation was still a little wavy for my liking, even with interfacing and stay stitching. Apparently it’s been a while since I’ve used a zipper. I’d love to hear anyone’s zipper tips and tricks in the comments.
P.S. Don’t mistake the prim and proper dress for a prim and proper girl.