Everyone here is so excited about today’s post! You see, when Baby was born and she was a girl, Annie got all excited about matching with her little sister!
I’ve sewn these 2 girls a couple of matching dresses using scraps from dresses I’d already sewn for Annie. But this was the 1st time we got to PLAN and EXECUTE on the matching dresses theme!
We started with the Parachute Polo Shirt pattern by Oliver+S and made Parachute Polo Dresses. We happen to have both size ranges of this pattern since we’ve been sewing it up for the boys. And so we made a 12 month size for Baby and a size 8 for Annie.
To make Baby’s Parachute Polo Shirt into a dress, we just added a gathered rectangle at the bottom.
Annie’s was a little more difficult, because we wanted to go a little longer with it. We used the same general idea as this tutorial from Oliver+S but made 2 tiers instead of 3. As an added benefit, there is another layer to the skirt part of the dress, due to the striped fabric being semi-sheer.
One thing I did different form the pattern was to use knit fabric for the collar and placket instead of woven as suggested. There reason is that the Parachute Polo Shirt’s we’ve made for the boys require pressing of the collar after washing, and the knit won’t need it! Because it’s interfaced, it still stands up nicely though.
The fabric is from Girl Charlee. It’s currently sold out, but if you love wide stripes like I do, you might try this one.
Since this fabric was lighter weight, and I didn’t want to bother with hemming, I only hemmed the bottom of the dresses, and left the sleeves and Annie’s upper tier unhemmed. Knits for the win!
In a fun little challenge for myself, I not only matched the stripes at the side seams, but I matched the buttons to the stripes! I considered contrast buttons, or a colored button, but I really wanted the silhouettes of these dresses to shine.
Baby and Annie had so much fun with this Parachute Polo dresses photo shoot! They couldn’t stop giggling and laughing and playing!
It’s going to be so fun sewing for these girls in the next few years.
Leave us a comment…what do you think about dressing kids in matching clothing?