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.