The “Inner Child Jumps for Joy” Dress

The "Righting Childhood Fashion Wrongs" Dress

My inner child jumps for JOYYYYYYY!
I’m on the front page at The SEW WEEKLY!!!!!!!!!

Here is my inspiration for this week’s challenge to make a look inspired by a childhood photo.


I look pretty much the same, right?? Lol!! I was prone to seriousness, even at this young age. I probably didn’t even run around in this dress. But I jump in them now!! I had a tomboy phase and a baggy clothes phase. Somewhere in between was the girly picture day outfit phase. This was either kindergarten or first grade. I was ridiculously tiny (short and skinny) as a kid. I was the same height and weight for YEARS. I was stuck in this absolute nightmare of a snowsuit (think A Christmas Story) for the longest because I could still fit into it. I shot up to 5’7″ (tall for the women in my family) in JHS. My grandfather loved to remark that he thought that would never happen

That dress is actually not so bad in the grand scheme of my childhood crimes against fashion. It was the most popular choice when I posted more  classic pics here!

The "Righting Childhood Fashion Wrongs" Dress

The "Righting Childhood Fashion Wrongs" Dress

The "Righting Childhood Fashion Wrongs" Dress

I’m also REALLY FREAKING EXCITED about finally finding the perfect trench coat!! Look at it!
The {PERFECT!!} Trench Coat

Look at these pleats!
The {PERFECT!!} Trench Coat

Can you stand it??!?! I can never find coats that fit my upper body this well AND have sleeves long enough. Total score!

The Facts | Childhood Inspired Challenge
Fabric | Stretch Rayon Blend Jersey Knit
Pattern | BurdaStyle Lydia variation (my TNT tee pattern and the best sewing related $1.00 I’ve ever spent), I basically winged it, using Lydia for the armholes and neckline mostly. And this tutorial for the shaping of the bottom front.
Year | Current, but inspired by my rocking 1980s childhood pic, lol
Notions | Thread, I didn’t interface or reinforce anything.
Time to complete | A few hours, including the time spent writing out my steps for about 30 mins before I got started.
First worn | On an outing with my hubby and to pick up the kids from school.
Wear again? | Yes! I love it!! It’s dead comfy. I have plans to make a few more.
Total price | $18 for 3 yards of this fabric. It’s thin, so the bottom fronts, back and faux wrap portion are all cut double. I will write out some construction deets soon.

Till then peeps!

The "Righting Childhood Fashion Wrongs" Dress

PS – I grabbed my photographer for a couple of pics, too!

Me and my bestest friend!!
We always forget to take pics together. 😮


14 thoughts on “The “Inner Child Jumps for Joy” Dress

    • Thanks, Oona!! I was happy that day! I LOVE the summer and it was the first day I could wear bare legs and not freeze! My happiness level was particularly high because I was thrilled about how this dress came out, too!

  1. Congrats on making the front page! That’s amazing! Your dress is fabulous and I love the backstory (also loved all the photos of you as a little one — plus your outfits! — a couple posts back. What a cutie!).

    Ok, and you HAVE to tell me where you got that trench. My mouth fell open when I saw those pleats…it is so, so pretty.

  2. what’s great is how you really look like you are jumping for joy, so the entire ensemble just shines even more than usual. great piece. love the whole effect.

    • Thanks, Lavender!! I love this dress! And my hubby, obviously, lol. We always forget to take pictures together when we’re out. So, we’re glad to have a couple more of us together.

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