It’s time for another pattern mash!
I’ve been seeing a lot of puff sleeves lately, and thought it would be cute to use the Peony Patterns Daffodil and Wattle to create this effect. I needed to sew up this beautiful organic cotton lycra plaid and ribbing from Wolf & Rabbit Fabrics and thought it would be perfect for this project!
I’m a huge fan of Wolf and Rabbit fabric – it’s so beautiful to sew – it has a great weight, smooth texture, and the colors stay vibrant wash after wash. They have a range of plaids available with matching ribbings. These have been printed with the black plaid design and yarn dyed, so the solid color is on the reverse of the print. I used the ribbing to make the sleeves of this dress, and it can also be used for pants, tops, cuffs and bindings. I’ve used Teal ribbing and plaid for this dress.
How to do this hack:
For this project, you’ll need the short sleeves from the Peony Patterns Daffodil (available in sizes up to 4T). Cut the long sleeves from the Peony Patterns Wattle (available in baby sizes and girls 1-14y), folding the sleeve cap down on the pattern piece at approximately the cap sleeve hem line. The rest of the pieces (bodice and skirt) are from the Wattle pattern.
- Follow the Wattle instructions for constructing the bodice (note, I use this stacking method to do the side seams in one fell swoop).
- Gather the Daffodil sleeve cap and lower edge.
- Stabilize the top edge of the Wattle sleeve (the part that will join the Daffodil) with clear elastic (stretch it a couple of times first before attaching it with a wide zig zag stitch).
- Join the Daffodil lower sleeve edge to the top edge of the Wattle sleeve (tighten the short sleeve gathers until they fit the long sleeve piece). You may want to baste it in first to be sure the gathers look nice and neat.
- Fold the sleeve in half and sew the sides together. Hem.
- Tighten sleeve gathers until they fit the bodice sleeve opening. Stitch. Attach skirt per Wattle instructions.
About the Daffodil Top
I’m really hoping the Daffodil tee pattern gets released in larger sizes soon! The sleeve is just so adorable and I can see many girls loving this style! Right now Peony Patterns Daffodil comes in sizes newborn – 4T and includes a diaper cover and tee. The pattern is available in digital format only, including A4/Letter printable files, and A0 for large scale copyshop printing/projector.
About the Wattle Dress
This is my third Wattle – it’s such a great style and easy sew! (You can see my first Peony Patterns Wattle over here). This dress comes in sizes 1 – 14, has a fully lined bodice, circle skirt in two lengths, and three sleeve lengths. Like Daffodil, this pattern is available in digital format for Letter/A4 paper, or A0 copyshop/projector. It comes with a full color photo tutorial making it a great project for beginners.
I really love having the circle skirt for the knit dresses rather than the gathered – even though they do take up a bit more fabric. The best thing is that you don’t end up with a frumpy midsection with the excess of gathers, (and you don’t have to gather all that fabric either!!), and you get perfect twirl! This circle skirt is achieved with two side seams rather than cutting out a full circle – I find this saves a bit of fabric, and means you can use directional prints (the back won’t end up upside down).
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