A post by Little Grandma,
Up to now I have made several bodged attempts at designing and making a tunic style dress that is reversible, versatile enough to wear on it's own or over a top and trousers, and easy to slip on and off. I decided that the hood on Belle's Reject Dress, although quite cute and potentially a good sun protector, was a bit awkward; I've produced something that looked a bit too much like a hospital gown, I've spilt tea on my work, got tangled up in elastic, I've experimented with buttons, and attempted many different ways of constructing the garment...
Determined to make a dress from my own design, rather than from a bought pattern, I persevered.
Today I used some fabric from my stash that was nice enough for Belle to wear if the dress was a success, but not so special that I would be upset if it ended up being turned into badly fitting doll's outfits!
This is the result. You'll have to take my word for it when I say it's reversible; I couldn't bear to whip it off her in the cold!
Anyway, the dress passed all the tests:
It survived an afternoon at the park; Belle could climb the slide in it, fall over and get up again in it, crawl about in the dirt in it, waddle after the ducks in it.....