Dr. Who Tardis Dress
Alterations: Drafted new pattern to fit my size 10 daughter
I have had this pattern such a long time. So long that my girls no longer fit any of the sizes (3-8).
However, my daughter has been asking for a Dr. Who dress ever since I made her a Minecraft Creeper dress. It took me a while to find some cotton fabric that was Tardis themed. I ordered it twice and each time I got a followup email that it had sold out--so frustrating when that happens! The next time it appeared, I didn't hesitate to grab it.
Once I realized the pattern only went up to a size 8, I tried to persuade her to look at other patterns I had. Nope! She had to have View B because of the collar.
She typically wears a size 10 in dresses, so I thought grading up one size wouldn't be too difficult even though I had never done it before--How hard could that be?
I used the existing pattern as a guide and measured between the pattern size lines. I could not get the armhole drawn properly! I had her lift her arms and move them around and it would just pull tightly. After 2 muslin attempts, I decided to look at one of her RTW dresses and use its armhole as a guide. After doing that, I had to toss the pattern piece I was using and redraw the rest of the bodice. This also changed the sleeve, facings, and collar pattern pieces significantly.
See the difference:
I also added 1.5 inches to the length of the bodice.
I found some ribbon that was marked down to .25 a yard and the buttons were in a package for .99!
The collar is made from navy classic quilting cotton I bought at Joanns.
The only thing that could be better is if I had placed the buttonholes a little closer to the outer edge of the dress. I was so wrapped up in trying to make sure that my ribbon matched up perfectly that I didn't notice I had started my buttonhole placement too far over. But looking at it now, the buttons get lost in the print anyway. No matter what I sew, it always seems there is one thing that could have been done better!
If you are making this pattern without any alterations, it sews up fast and easy! I think this pattern must be out of print, but you can still find it on other websites.
Fabric: Exploding Tardis
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley