I can totally picture it in a tweed fabric paired with white tights and red shoes. I have saved the idea for when LA is a little older since I think the "look" will really be adorable in a 3-4 year old size.
When I saw the Junebug Dress over at Craftiness is Not Optional, it reminded me of the McCalls jumper and my imagination started to take over :) Mix a sleeveless variation of the Junebug Dress with the fun rainbow stitching used on this adorable skirt from Probably Actually, and you get...
a RAINBOW Remix!
I added the running stitches along the hem for a fun effect. The purple doesn't "pop" as much as I would have liked, but oh well :) It's still cute! The colors are a bit more vibrant in person.
The bodice is fully lined with an adorable Tattersall fabric from Alexander Henry. I actually had a hard time finding a rainbow fabric that wasn't too garish. Once I spied this fabric on Etsy, I knew it was perfect! I went to 3 different craft stores looking for a fabric I loved, but kept coming back to the Alexander Henry--so I bit the bullet and bought it (although, I must admit, I do feel somewhat silly focusing so much attention on the LINING fabric. Oh well...)
It was really easy to make the dress sleeveless and BONUS--I'm going to show you how to do it:)
First, you go over to Jess' fabulous blog and, if you are lucky enough to have a kiddo in the 2T size, download her pattern. Otherwise, follow her directions and she will teach you how to make your own pieces (it is easy--trust me). Follow her cutting instructions, but don't cut out the sleeves--we aren't going to use them!
Ok, now is when we deviate from Jess' tutorial for a few steps.
Join the front and back pieces at the shoulder. Sew (as indicated by black lines) and press open your seams. Do this for both the main fabric and the lining.
Lay your two bodices on top of each other--right sides together--and line up the edges. Sew the armholes, necklines, and part of the front pieces closed (as indicated by the black lines).
Clip, flip, and press (clip your curves and corners, flip it right side out, and press your seams open so it lays nice and pretty).
Ok, now the next step is easy to do, but might be a bit trickier for me to explain--so bear with me. We are going to sew the sides of our bodice. Carefully, open the bottom of the bodice and line up the fabric right sides together.
Center the seam and line up the edges.
Sew along the black line, press your seams open and VOILA! You have a fully lined bodice without sleeves!
Now just follow the rest of Jess' directions (leaving out the "sleeve stuff" of course) and you will have a super cute sleeveless dress/jumper!
How fun will this be paired with long sleeve shirt and tights--you pick the color! I'm thinking red tights for sure!!