Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Neon Necklace Dress

Ellie has a long torso.
So most of her shirts are too short and her belly hangs out.
Lately I've been trying to whip her up some tunics and casual dresses to wear with leggings so she'll have some options other than all her belly tops.

This little knit dress was inspired by a boden necklace dress and a charcoal backpack with neon trim.

Boden Knit Necklace DressNeon Trim Denim Backpack
{boden usa}                     {backpack}

The inspiration boden dress has rows of the necklaces, but I overlapped mine to give it more of a jumbled necklace look rather than the rings.
I upcycled a boys neon pink t shirt that was on sale for $3.00 for the knit trim and leggings.
The "necklaces" are strips of t-shirt 1/4" wide that are zig-zagged onto the dress. 
I also added just regular pink thread zig-zags between for smaller details.

The pockets have the neon piping along the top as well. 

Neon Necklace Tutorial:
1. Cut out:
-dress
-neon knit strips 1/4" wide
-front and back neckline facings = the same neck and shoulder pattern of dress but only 4" long 


2. Sew facing to dress along neckline with both front and back pieces.
3. Open facings and align front and back with right sides together, sew shoulder seams making sure the dress-facing seams line up.
**You could also sew the facings and dress right sides together at shoulder seams separately, then join them sewing around the neckline, either way works.
4. Pull facing away from dress and zig-zag around, understitching (with a zig-zag or stretch stitch) facing to dress seam allowance to help keep facing down.  
5. Press neck seam with facing down

5.  Take your thin knit strips and zig-zag them to the dress, using the facing as stabilizer.
I drew a path with chalk then sewed it around, overlapping "necklaces" to look more natural.
I also added a zig-zag stitch between knit lines.

You could do lots of unique things or designs with the thin neon strips beyond the necklaces, and could even just use them to embellish an existing top or dress!


13 comments:

Thoeria said...

Oh you make sewing look so easy! Love this cute little dress

La Pantigana said...

Me gusta mucho ese falso collar, ideal para los pequeños.

Tamsin said...

This is such a lovely idea - looks great. The Boden inspiration dress is fab - I don't we had that one in the UK.

Kristie said...

So cute. I often have this problem with my kiddos. They are so tall, and I have such problems finding things that fit, in the girls actual sizes. I hate having to size up to get it right.
Although, I will say, surprisingly enough, that the Walmart brand Faded Glory's plain t-shirts in little girls sizes 4-5 fits very well, and long enough. Also Kohl's has the Jumping Bean brand that fits very well for my tall skinny kiddos.
Thanks for sharing such a cute outfit!

Ann said...

This turned out so well! And may I say, after following this blog for years, I cannot believe how big your little girl is getting! What a change!

Nelesc said...

What a great idea! I love it. I probbaly will try this on a dress for me as I have no little girls, thanks for sharing!

Jessica said...

I can't believe it either! Time is flying!

Jessica said...

I think it would be really cool and would work on a store bought shirt, I'd love to see your version!

brenda head said...

from preparing little Ellerias nursery until now with all this imaginative sewing and a beautiful young model WOW to Mommy and Ellie..

Melissa (Melly Sews) said...

So cute! Love the combination of fabrics here- and the necklace is perfect for a baby who can't really wear real ones yet.

Falafel and the Bee said...

Brilliant! The strips of fabric almost look like puffy paint!
I love it. The dress looks adorable on your little sweetie.
~Michelle

kristin said...

Oh how fun! Love the touch of neon. :)

sweeter than cupcakes said...

I thought about trying to recreate that Boden look too! Your solution is genius!!

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