Manhattan party dress by Schnoogly


Sewing for Kids


My daughter is turning 6 in a few weeks and has been begging me to make her the manhattan dress from the Sewing Clothes Kids Love book.  I haven't made anything this complicated in a long time (not since a bridesmaid's dress 7 years ago, actually), so we'll see how it turns out.

I just got three amy butler prints for it from the midwest II line.  My daughter picked them out.  She has pretty good taste!

Update (2/15):  sadly, I must come to complain about the tragic state of this project.  The fabric came and looked great.  I spent a great deal of time prepping the fabric, cutting pieces, and putting the bodice together only to realize it was TOO SMALL and she couldn't get it over her head :(  I made the size 8, which I thought would be plenty big, but I also neglected to read that none of the patterns in this book have seam allowances--you're supposed to add them.  I had never encountered that before.  So now I have a skirt and a very tiny bit of leftover fabric to make a new bodice out of.

The bodice turned out so perfect as well.  I am going to use the skirt lining (it is meant to be reversible) to make a skirt to go with the bodice and give it to a very lucky size 4-5 girl I know.  I've cut out a sundress X-back strap bodice to go with the shell of the skirt for my daughter and I'm hoping that will work.  It won't be the same though.  I'm really bummed.  

The picture here is of the too-small bodice's back, with the ribbon tabs for lacing.  I love how it turned out.

3/3:  I haven't put the too small dress together for my friend's daughter, but I finally finished the skirt for mine.  I could not get a bodice to work with the fabric I had so I just put a yoke on the skirt with elastic.  I think it turned out OK, and I got her a cute white ruffly shirt to go with it.






It sounds so cute, but what a bummer about the sizing. I know the finished dress will be perfect!


Oh wow, how disappointing! I have heard about some patterns requiring that you add your own seam allowances. That does not sound like a fun extra step to deal with and if you miss that point then the outfit will end up too small. It sounds like you have a good plan in place for pulling together another dress for your daughter. Excited to see how these turn out even though it wasn't your original plan.


So I have an update on this project. I decided to make it without a skirt lining for a friend's 5 year old's birthday, and I finished it last week. It turned out really well. Then I brought it downstairs and reminded my daughter that we had agreed to give it to her friend, and she freaked out and insisted on trying it on again. She could barely get it on, but I saw how I could alter the armholes so she could wear it.

I made another one for the friend, and I am NEVER making this pattern again. It's awful. The bodice goes together in an incredibly awkward way and the pattern directions are a major fail at that point. I finished the 2nd dress a half hour before the party (Project Runway Make it Work Moment!) and didn't have a chance to take a picture, but it also turned out really cute. I added some narrow elastic into the side seams of the skirt to give it some poof.

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