When I was offered a spot in the September Flip this Pattern showcase, I jumped on it. Or rather, I jumped up in excitement and answered right away! I got this great shirt pattern from Peaches and Peanuts. The Jack and Jill shirt. It’s made large so that it can be layered over a tee. The pattern includes tons of options, 4 collars, 5 sleeve options, pockets…
I love the pattern as is but I just had to flip it a little. Because it is Flip This Pattern… It just screamed to get turned into a cute little shirt dress. Made up in buttery soft corduroy, it would be a perfect back to school dress. And it is a perfect back to school dress!
I took my souricette to her school to take pictures. The light was too harsh in front of the main entrance so I had to take her to another entrance that had some open shade. I promised her I would pay her if she did her job well and she was the most cooperative she’s ever been.
Never said a word when I scrunched one sock down and pulled the other one up (not her style at all). She waited as long as I asked to eat her apple. (She’s only pretending to eat it in the pictures.)
She looked at an old calculus book like it was fascinating.
Asked me about the belt I used to hold the books together.
I told her people used those a long time. “When you were a child?” No, older than that. “When people lived with dinosaurs?” Still a few things to learn, I see…
And now, the flip details. My souricette is very much a girly girl, hence the dress. I made up the bodice in swedish tracing paper to try it on her. I found her waist and marked it. I removed the pleat at the back and chopped the shirt at the marked waist. Then, I added rectangular panels for the skirt. I really wanted inverted pleats in contrasting fabric again but I went with straight pleats this time.
I chose the puff sleeves with band from the pattern and the narrow eton collar. I didn’t change the sleeves but I had to lengthen the collar a little. You see, souricette 1 hates anything very close to her neck. “Ça choke moi.” When I tried the muslin on her, the neckline felt too tight for her. I removed 1/2″ from the neckline and lengthened the collar pattern piece to fit. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, as she would say.
I let souricette 1 pick the main fabric. She picked the print. Result? She loves it! Wore it two days in a row. And she got her 5 bucks.