Monday, September 16, 2013

Third Time's the Charm ~ Ottobre 03/2012 #34 Jungle Stripes Dress

When you have black thread in the serger you take advantage of it.  Today's project was the only other thing I wanted to do in black serger thread for awhile; Miss K certainly does not need any more dresses, but I had to take advantage of the opportunity ~ mainly because I hate taking the time to re-thread the serger!

K picked this pink and black eye-crossing knit at Mill End's big sale the end of August.  $3.99/yard and it was on the remnant table.  I'm pretty sure this was only a 1 yard piece.  She browses the Ottobre magazines with me all the time and has made it clear a few times that she wanted the Jungle Stripes dress seen in the 03/2012 issue only with pink and black; I'd say this was a win.
picture from the Ottobre issue:

line drawing

(Yes, K is wearing brown leggings with a black dress.... sigh. She had a brown striped dress on at school today and this was the only way to get her to model.  I pleaded with her for pictures and told her she could do what she wanted in the pics ~ the little stinker did the best modeling.  She posed for each of these on her own and now won't take the dress off)

I've made this dress two other times:
seen here this summer in a yellow beach dress
and seen here also this summer in pajama form

The dress fits nice, and wears and washes well. K doesn't like the elastic in the arms because she tells me they are too tight - even when loose.  This time I tried with no elastic and I think the sleeves look cute - like flutter sleeves.  K likes them much better this way.

As before I cut a size 146.  I used the serger for all the seams and the double needle for all the hems. I pouted that I had no wonder tape but it sewed up just fine without.

I even made K a headband out of the scraps to match her dress.  I folded the knit in half right sides together, serged it and flipped it right sides out - like a tube.  Then I measured K's head and serged the ends.  She never wears things in her hair or on her head but she liked this - saying it wasn't too tight.  A double win for mom today!!!

~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~


  1. It looks great in black and pink stripes! I like the way the sleeves look with no elastic.:)


  2. SO CUTE.. I love the pink stripe fabric.

  3. I have been wanting to make this dress! I just need to get some fabric for it. That is funny about thread in the serger--I'm the same way with wanting to take use of the color or type of thread that is in it. Threading my serger is my least favorite part of sewing.

    1. Thanks Shirley. I wish they re-threaded themselves. lol. It is one of my least fav. parts too. that and hemming!

  4. This one's been on my list, too, but it might have to wait until spring. This pink and black version is cute - maybe with leggings and a t-shirt she'll get fall and winter wear out of it?

    1. Thanks Joy, and great idea :D I'm definitely sticking her with a long sleeve shirt under this one. She seems to be growing so fast. Plus, whenever I catch up on a season - it changes! I need to make some fall/winter leggings soon.

      You will love this pattern for all your girls. Very fast to sew.


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