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Portrait By a Young Artist

In the Workroom, Patterns, Starling Dress & Shirtcarla macklinComment
Evie Full (1)
Evie Full (1)

Since last summer, Erin and I have been talking about reworking the Starling Dress into a sleeveless version.  Inspired by a family portrait created by my 4-yr old, I took up the challenge last week.

Evelyn brought home a picture of our family the other day and I melted.  "Daddy is the one with the really long legs.  [Baby sister] Wren is lying in the grass.  Those are clouds in the sky."   So dang cute.

drawing
drawing

Apologies in advance for not documenting the process step by step in photos, but I began modifications by adding a scalloped hem to the original pattern pieces. First, with right sides together, I sewed the outer linen fabric to the muslin lining at the hem, leaving the back seam open.  I approximated the scallops to be roughly the same size. To get perfectly spaced scallops, I would have measured the total distance and evenly divided that to ensure the scallops aligned precisely at the center back seam.  But who has that kind of time?  

After the scallops were sewn, I trimmed the seam to 1/8", clipping the curves slightly where needed. I turned the garment to the right side and pressed the hem.  This created a nice finish between the outer linen and the muslin lining of the dress. 

dress image
dress image

Once at this stage, I began the process of embroidering Evie's original design (while drinking wine at Erin's house).  Don't compare the original drawing to the embroidery too closely... I got distracted (by wine) and mismatched some of the colors.

Hem
Hem

Full disclaimer:  I am fairly new to hand embroidery so I figured taking on a child's drawing would be simple.  I stuck with a chain stitch and back stitch which really are not too difficult to master.

Self Portrait
Self Portrait

A self portrait of the artist herself.

After finishing the embroidery, I modified the original single yoke piece by separating it into two back yoke pieces that overlap the center front yoke piece at the shoulders. The new back yoke pieces are secured by a faux button closure and some hand stitching on the underside.  If crunched for time, stick with the single yoke piece-- it is not necessary for the sleeveless look.  FYI, the new yoke pieces are lined with muslin.

evie collage
evie collage

Obviously I omitted the original raglan sleeve pieces.  Looking back, I'd probably take out some of the ease under the arm.  As it is now, the armhole is a bit too big for wear without an undershirt, but with the dress length, there's ample room to grow!

evie walking
evie walking

Evelyn off to create her next masterpiece.