Hot! The “I Heart Dorothy” Dress

The Facts
Fabric: Blue Gingham print from ebay £3, Cream cotton from my stash
Pattern: New Look 6900 from stash

Year: Modern
Notions: 1 red heart button, 2 vintage blue buttons from grans stash, zip, interfacing
Time to complete:  About 4 hours
First worn: For photos on 14/1/12
Wear again?  No it is a present for my friend, she is a size smaller than me hence the slight tightness

Total price:  About £4.50

This isn’t actually for me but I hope I can still post it!  I love this pattern and have made this top

twice already so far.  I do find that it is a little short on the body so I have lengthened it a few cm.  I cut a size 8 but added a bit more ease at the seams as it can be a bit snug.  It is a little snug on me but that makes me think it will be perfect on my friend Kylie as she is a bit smaller than me.

She loves The Wizard of Oz so I wanted to make a Dorothy top for her, I did start it before the button challenge was announced but it fitted perfectly with the theme.  I was thinking of doing some embroidery to embellish the front but then I found this cute button left over from a shirt I made a while ago and would symbolise her Dorothy love!

The pattern comes with sewn down straps or a halter neck version but I wanted to make it multiways so with buttons from the stash and my buttonhole function selected on my machine I added holes so she can adjust it.  Now it can be straight straps, cross over (which is my favourite) and halter neck tied.



Sarah is an '80's cartoon loving bookworm who wants to break her procrastinating by joining in with Sew Weekly challenges and sewing cute dresses.


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  1. Adorable! I really love it!

  2. This is too cute for words! I recently made a Dorothy skirt and honestly thing you can’t go wrong with nay blue checks!

  3. Thanks guys! Just realised this says ‘dress’ in the title and it clearly isn’t! Not unless you were very very body confident!

  4. That is super cute! I think I have to buy this pattern now…

  5. Great idea to make convertible straps.

  6. I want more friends like you! Lovely top and the versatility of the straps is a great idea.

  7. Gorgeous!

  8. I LOVE THIS. :D Great job.

  9. Awesome top! I think I need to go out and buy this pattern after seeing this. Its gorgeous!

  10. Love it. Might have to pick up this pattern.