Along with so many others out there in Blog Land, I too have succumbed to the allure of the Hummingbird Dress by Rabbit Rabbit Creations.
I mean, what do my girls need more that another summer dress??? Haha. But . . . with a perfect pattern like this, how could I resist?
After reading in a blog post about sewing little girl dresses out of vintage sheets, whenever I have a little extra time before picking the girls up from school, I’ll stop by the local thrift shore and check out what’s on the racks. I’ve been amazed by what I find in there for about $3 a pop. If you really look, you can find the cutest prints on the softest stuff that’s been washed jillions of times. And one sheet is enough to make at least two dresses.
These particular sheets had been sitting in my stash for a while, waiting for the right dress to come along. I can’t get over these strawberries — don’t they take you right back to 1976?
One advantage to a print like this, aside of ultimate cuteness, is it’s ability to hide ketchup stains. Bet you can’t find ’em!
Both of the sheets I used probably have a little bit of polyester in there, which gives them this gorgeous, flowy drape.
This pattern offers three different skirt fullness options. For Lulu (in the strawberries), I opted for ultimate fullness. Kiki prefers less drama, so for her I opted for medium fullness.
I couldn’t believe that I happened to have a piece of broadcloth the perfect compliment color for Kiki’s straps, as well as the same color as her hair. Sometimes, dresses are just meant to be.
I came into a bit of trouble when it was time to attach the skirt to the bodice. The method given in the instructions seemed pretty much impossible to achieve. So, I googled to see if anyone else had run into the same problem. Wouldn’t you know, I was not alone.
There’s an amazing tute on Glitter + Wit that will show you how to easily achieve a lovely enclosed seam!!! But, do yourself a favor and read through this tutorial before you sew, so that you don’t have to grab your seam ripper and backtrack like I did — because in this alternate method, you need to attach the skirt before inserting the elastic. Thanks, Tasha!
Erin from Hungie Gungie also mentions that 1/2″ needs to be added to the height of the bodice piece (and lining), as it doesn’t quite match up with the front bodice. Quite right!
When I sew this dress up again, I’ll follow Rachel’s advice and will raise the neckline up a bit and will add 2 inches to the back bodice, as it sits a little bit tight. I wonder if she also added 2 inches to the elastic as well — probably so?
Also, be sure to choose your size according to chest measurement. For the six year old Kiki’s bodice, I cut a size 4 width and size 6 length. Lulu (4) got a straight up size 4.
On a sticky summer afternoon with the cicadas singing, when the fish are jumping and the cotton is high, you can’t do better than fall for the allure of the Hummingbird!