Designer Menswear Fabric for a Little Girl’s Dress

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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.mood designer fabric ralph lauren houndstooth suiting girls dress vintage sewing pattern

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).

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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.

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Instead of a fabric collar for this “prim and proper” dress, I opted for a detachable crocheted collar I made a few months ago

mood designer fabric ralph lauren houndstooth suiting girls dress vintage sewing pattern crochet collar

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.

mood designer fabric ralph lauren houndstooth suiting girls dress vintage sewing pattern

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.

mood designer fabric ralph lauren houndstooth suiting girls dress vintage sewing pattern

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.

mood designer fabric ralph lauren houndstooth suiting girls dress vintage sewing patternP.S. Don’t mistake the prim and proper dress for a prim and proper girl.

 

 

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  • Ginger
    December 5, 2013

    Ahhhh CARRIE! Everything you make for your girls I want to wear myself! This is so cute! I love the zipper detail! As far as zipper tricks go, I always stabilize the zipper opening with either fusible interfacing or silk organza, and I try to match the weight of the zipper to the weight of the fabric. But it looks good, honestly!

    • ThisisCarrie
      December 5, 2013

      thanks for the zipper tips! I think the photo makes it look better than it actually is. The pressing helped too.

  • Karly Nelson
    December 5, 2013

    I am in LOVE with this dress!!

  • Claudia
    December 5, 2013

    I love the exposed zipper. Adds a touch of color contrast. The crocheted collar is very nice.

    • ThisisCarrie
      December 5, 2013

      I’m actually glad the invisible zipper didn’t work out because i love the colored zip so much more.

  • Mae
    December 5, 2013

    This is a wonderful girls dress. Very sweet but not kiddish, so perfect for the tween years! I especially love the extra love you gave it with the crocheted collar. I hope mood will opt to do more children’s fashion blogging. I do enjoy sewing for myself but more often then not my children get the attention of my sewing and I’d love to see how your fabrics transfer to that arena.

    Mae

    • ThisisCarrie
      December 5, 2013

      Thanks Mae! Kid’s clothing is my forte so you’ll be seeing more of it from me (with a few selfish sewing projects every once in a while). When it comes to sewing, I love quality over quantity and I love how the fabrics from Mood help me create amazing heirloom pieces for my kids.

  • Crystal D.
    December 5, 2013

    OH! I just love this! Geek chic is FABULOUS. Very age appropriate and made with so much love ad attention to detail. I agree with Mae. I love seeing kids fashion. I sew for myself a lot and just as much for my kids. It’s awesome to see some youngin style here <3

    • ThisisCarrie
      December 5, 2013

      Geek chic! Love it. So glad you enjoy seeing some micro fashion on the Mood Sewing Network.

  • Jen
    December 5, 2013

    so cute!!! Love those front pleats and that fabric is PERFECT for the dress! I LOVE seeing kids fashion! As much as I love selfish sewing more often than not my kids get the sewing time lol

    • Mae
      December 5, 2013

      RIGHT?! Since the boogers won’t quit growing neither does the need for their garments. I can sew myself a dress and keep it for YEARS, completely impossible for children. I want more ideas on how to use interesting fabrics I’ve never worked with. So much easier to scrap a 1 yd kids project than a 3 yd dress for myself. Then, once I feel comfortable using the fabric I’m ready to move to a piece for myself.

      • Jen
        December 5, 2013

        totally!! I hate trying new fabric and pattern combos on myself! Kids stuff can be made with so little fabric it is wonderful! Very refreshing to see a kid garment made with something other than quilting cotton! I would not have thought of this fabric for a girls dress :)

      • ThisisCarrie
        December 5, 2013

        You’ve just about covered every reason why I love sewing for kids. Just add in: easier to fit, less picky (at least when they are too small to care) and all the pattern pieces fit on my cutting board.

    • ThisisCarrie
      December 5, 2013

      Thanks Jen! The fabric was amazing to work with.

  • Lori
    December 5, 2013

    Very cute dress for your daughter with great details.

  • ThisisCarrie
    December 5, 2013

    thanks for the zipper tips! I think the photo makes it look better than it actually is. The pressing helped too.

  • Amy
    December 6, 2013

    What a cute little dress! I love the combo of the menswear-inspired wool with the fun zipper and collar.

  • Heidi
    December 6, 2013

    This is truly amazing! Great work! (The woodsy-ness of these photos gives off a bit of a Moonrise Kindgom vibe which I LOVE). Very cool work!

  • Martina
    December 8, 2013

    My mother used that pattern for my sisters’ Easter dresses one year…one in pink dotted Swiss, and the other in lilac. It’s nice to see it again!

  • oonaballoona
    December 10, 2013

    THAT AWESOME ZIPPER! what a perfect contrast! as is your perfect contrast of a girly girl :)