Spring Fever Dress, PR & P Week 2

Spring Fever Dress, Once Upon a Sewing MachineIs it too early for spring fever? Maybe huh? It just really got good and cold here in the Midwest.

You may recognize this dress pattern as one Rachel and I collaborated on around Thanksgiving. When we originally pulled this pattern we loved the vintage feel and I really do like the look of this little dress. While trying to make this dress the first time, we had many setbacks. The inset looked wonky, the sleeves did not fit the armholes and don’t get me started about the facings/lining.

Because I refused to be deterred and because I thought the stripes and dots challenge in PR&P would perfect for this project, I decided to try again, with some of my own variations.

The front of this dress and the inset was what really drew us to it I the first place, so I knew that needed to remain. I just needed a better way to actually sew it. Now I am more of a visual person, and I really achieve my best result through trial and error. So after a couple of pinning/bastings the inset is beautiful and to my liking. I also left the zipper closure in the back, mostly because it is the easiest for dressing Miss M. And she certainly has ideas on what she should wear!

sewing for girls

I knew the whole sleeve/lining needed to be changed up, so that is what I concentrated on. Originally I wanted to line the entire dress and maybe even make it reversible, but in the end I just did self linings through the armhole. This gives the bodice a nice soft feel and avoids any seams exposed in the bodice.

The sleeve is completely lined and allows it to be worn down, with the stripe showing or rolled and buttoned above the elbow. I needed a new sleeve pattern because the piece that came with the pattern did not fit. After several tries I got the sleeve the size I wanted it. I allowed a little extra at the underarm seam to allow for turning and there is just a slight gather at the shoulder. I was after a fitted sleeve, but settled for one with just a small amount of fullness at the shoulder.

rolled up sleeves

We’ll be posting a full tutorial Friday on creating your own rolled up sleeves. In the meantime are you sewing along for this week of Project Run and Play? What are you sewing up?

Happy Sewing,




{ 41 comments… add one }
  • Amy mayen January 14, 2013, 11:37 pm

    The sleeve is perfect. I love this drss!

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 15, 2013, 7:25 am

      Thanks Amy!

  • Pam January 15, 2013, 12:41 am

    Just adorable!!! I love the rolled sleeves and the polka dots just peeking out from the pleat. I’m hoping to join in PR&P this week, but time is running out.

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 15, 2013, 7:25 am

      Some days the weeks go too fast!

  • Cindy January 15, 2013, 7:31 am

    Love the peeks of polka dots at the sleeves and inset! Cute dress!

  • Sally January 15, 2013, 9:43 am

    Never too early for spring fever in my book. I love you color combo and choice of fabrics. Very well done indeed!

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 15, 2013, 11:29 am

      Thank you! Too bad it won’t actually be spring for another…4 months or so around here 😉

  • Jenn January 15, 2013, 11:15 am

    I love the subtle peeks of polka dots! Cute dress!

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 15, 2013, 11:29 am

      Thanks Jenn!

  • Karen S. January 15, 2013, 12:39 pm

    Great job!!!! You go girl(s)!!!!

  • Frances Suzanne January 15, 2013, 9:21 pm

    Ooooohhhh, those are our kinds of colors — blues and greens!! The peekaboo pleat adds a completely new dimension to it as well. Nice work!

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 15, 2013, 11:08 pm

      We’re big fans of that color palette too!

  • Charity January 15, 2013, 9:33 pm

    I love this dress! It’s a lovely take on polka dots and stripes. Great job!

  • Sharon k January 16, 2013, 11:14 am

    Beautfiul dress!

  • Karen January 16, 2013, 6:00 pm

    Your dress is charming! I went back and checked out your first take on this pattern. Both dresses are really cute. I’ve had patterns where the views were completely swapped in the directions. In fact, I had several Butterick patterns like this. I thought I was going crazy! I enjoyed reading about the two of you in your About Us intro.

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 16, 2013, 11:48 pm

      Isn’t it wild what makes it to production! You would think with all the eyes on those patterns such wild mistakes wouldn’t happen, but I guess we’re all human, even pattern companies.

  • Olga Becker January 16, 2013, 9:13 pm

    Love th e color combo. Great job.

  • Gina January 17, 2013, 12:27 am

    All your hard work paid off…the dress is darling!! I will be back to check out how you did the sleeves.

  • Mira (Sewing the Littleheart Collection) January 17, 2013, 1:07 am

    I love love love the dress! And the colors are wonderful!

  • Carissa January 17, 2013, 10:36 am


  • Jenny January 17, 2013, 11:50 am

    This is just beautiful! I love the sleeve detail.

  • Amanda January 18, 2013, 7:36 pm

    I love the combo of these fabrics!

  • angie January 18, 2013, 9:35 pm

    so super cute

  • Simple Simon and Company January 18, 2013, 10:37 pm

    Very cute and it looks so well made!

  • Andrea January 19, 2013, 1:10 am

    Love that color. Adorable all around! Great details.

  • Pam January 19, 2013, 6:24 am

    I’ve featured your dress today… Threading Your Way Features.

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 19, 2013, 1:29 pm

      Thank you Pam!

  • Annie January 19, 2013, 11:12 am

    Such a cute dress, and I love how dots lining peeks from the sleeves! Very nice design!

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 19, 2013, 1:28 pm

      Thank you!

  • T'onna January 19, 2013, 3:51 pm

    Cute dress! I love the combination of polka dots and stripes! And green is my favorite color.

    T’onna @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  • Shannon January 22, 2013, 8:25 pm

    This is an adorable dress! I love the fabric!! Thanks for sharing at The Weekly Creative link party!

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  • Stacie January 23, 2013, 7:44 am

    Love the color/pattern combination. And yes, it makes me want spring, which is no good since it is 20 degrees this morning!

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 23, 2013, 10:30 am

      We may crest out of the negatives today. Yikes!

  • Tracey@We-Made-That January 23, 2013, 8:43 pm

    That dress is beautiful. I love the colors and the patterns you used. Thanks so much for sharing on We Made That!

  • kilee January 23, 2013, 9:01 pm

    Love the stripes and polka dots you picked. I love green and blue together. Thanks for linking up!

  • Kathie January 25, 2013, 8:31 pm

    I found you from the Mop it up Mondays link up. I would love to have you come share your post with my readers over at Sassy Little Lady’s Show and Tell Saturday. Hope to see you there!


  • Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse January 27, 2013, 9:12 pm

    This is the sweetest dress!! You will be one of the features tomorrow at Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 27, 2013, 9:18 pm

      Thanks so much for the feature!

  • Mae January 30, 2013, 7:07 am

    Thanks so much for the comment on my blog, I’m a fellow midwesterner (WOOHOO) and had to pop on over and check out your sight. You two are busy! I sure wish I had a PIC (partner in crime) when it came to sewing! 🙁 I try to recruit anyone who seems mildly interested but so far it’s just me and my machines lol. Can’t wait to check back and see if you have joined this weeks pr&p challenge.

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 30, 2013, 5:30 pm

      It is so nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of! At least there is an internet full of sewers right? Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • Karen Schulz February 18, 2013, 11:23 pm

    This is great. Thanks for visiting my blog. Yours is inspirational.

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