Saturday, 13 July 2013

Flip This Pattern: Reversible Wrap Roller Skate Dress




I had so much fun flipping the roller skate dress that I decided to do it again. I have so many ideas for fun flips of this pattern. I decided that my second flip would be a reversible wrap dress, in fact a four way wrap dress. My last flip was soft subtle colours (I like those kinds of colours the most), so this time I decided to go with some vibrant bright colours just to be different. 
Flip This Pattern


An explanation of the method (without photos, sorry):
I started off by tracing the front of the pattern twice and taping it together at the centre fold. Then I drew and cut a gentle curve to make the wrap shape. I  took a few shots along the way but they are at night with my phone so not great quality. I sewed the fronts and back together at the shoulders and then sewed the arm openings (with piping,  that I made myself!!) then the neck and front opening.. I then turned it right side out and sewed the side seams.  Then  I sewed the casing  (leaving openings at the fronts to thread the tie through). Then I flipped the bottom hem over the rest of the garment (right sides facing) and stitched the lining and outer together leaving a small opening to turn. I made a tie from the same fabric I made the piping from. I hand stitched the hem opening closed. Then I made button holes in the side seams near the casing. 

So the things that are "flipped"
- I made two front pieces and hand drew the change of shape
- I used piping on all the places where the inside and outside fabric would have met
- I used a tie made from binding in place of elastic
- I added button holes to thread the tie through to the back
- I made the back pieces from single pieces (no centre seam)
- and I changed the order of construction to accommodate the changes :)

And... the end result...



and the other way...


I love that it can be wrapped four ways. Great for covering up any messes my little miss makes.



Some of the details. My first attempt at piping. I think I may have to put piping on everything from now on :/


Some shots of my Eloise wearing it. I made it a little big to fit her in the warmer weather but given it has the tie it is totally adjustable width wise and should actually grow with her to become a tunic when she's taller. The recorder is in all the shots, she wasn't letting it go.




(This back view is my favourite. I love the simple shape of this dress)


Eloise wasn't in the best photo taking mood... 



and she was even less impressed when I changed it to the lime side :(


I have had a lot of fun making this wrap. I will probably be making another one with different fabric and if I do I'll try to take some decent shots along the way and do up a tutorial. There are so many other cute ideas over at Frances Suzanne's Flip this pattern check them out. 


Please leave a comment to let me know what you think. 

Kerry xx

21 comments:

  1. The color combination is so darling and the reversible idea is genius. Love love your dress!

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    1. Thank you :) I love your suspender shorts from last month, they're so cute!!

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  2. Love it. I love piping around and that it is reversible. I know how it goes with photo session and a little one. I have to try everything to get a good shot of the dress. Great job.

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    1. Thanks :) I have been dreaming of getting a dress form for days when E doesn't want photos and yesterday I ordered one!! Can't wait for it to arrive :)

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  3. What a great idea making this dress wraparound and reversible. Nicely done!!

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  4. Wow...you are really getting a lot of bang for your buck on this garment! Love your fabric combinations, and yes-yes-yes....piping adds such an awesome feature to this outfit!!

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    1. Thanks :) it is really such a blank slate to work with I love all the other great flips too :) piping is my new favorite thing! Your series has pushed me to try new things :)

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  5. This is really cute! I love the tie in the back :)
    Heidi @ handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com

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  6. Love the front cross-over! Nice Job!

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  7. I love the wrap feature, it looks fabulous, and love the punch the contrasting piping adds. Well done!
    Ledys
    www.fromthesunnyside.wordpress.com

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  8. Thanks! I'm pretty happy with the effect of the piping. Might have to put piping on everything from now on :)

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  9. Congrats on the win!!! Great job! :)
    Heidi @ handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com

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  10. So cute! Such a great idea, perfect piping, and so well constructed. Bravo on a job well done.

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  11. Congratulations, Kerry! Would you mind sending us your email address to francessuzanne2{at}gmail{dot}com? We need it for prize purposes.... THANKS SO MUCH!

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  12. Congratulations! Your awesome flip is the winner. I would like to tell you agian that I'm in love with your dress!

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  13. Thanks for the kind words ladies. I am still smiling :)

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  14. It's wonderful! May we feature you and your photos in a post on the Oliver + S blog?

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