Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A dress for my little Whovian

Simplicity 5580
 Dr. Who Tardis Dress

View B
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


  1. You did a great job altering that bodice! Smart move to look at an existing armhole. I always seem to forget that RTW items came from a pattern at one point too. The collar is so cute on this dress. The busy print makes the buttons not noticeable. I think the dress is perfect!

    1. Thanks Kristin! I was wondering if I had bit off more than I could chew with that bodice pattern. I am so glad I thought of tracing the other dress armhole--I was near my wits end! ha ha

  2. You've done an awesome job of altering the dress, Shirley. I know I would have given up.

    1. Thank you Pam! I think it is one of those things that if I had to do it again, I probably wouldn't. I would be lost. It is totally something I had to be in the mood to attempt. It makes me in awe of those who draft patterns for themselves or pattern companies.


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