Written by Vanessa of East & Eden
What happens when you take two awesome patterns from two fantastic designers and smash them together??? You end up with a totally fabulous new wardrobe look. Today I'll be showing you how to make an adorable girls dress using the Haven Acres Top pattern by Jennuine Design and the Charlie Dress pattern by Mingo & Grace, both available in the UpCraft Club Catalog. It's a simple equation with a lovely result.
When considering two patterns for a mashup, you should think about a couple of things:
- Do the styles of the patterns work well together?
- Is there a place in the lines of the two garments that might match up or be easily graded in between?
- Are the recommended fabrics interchangeable?
So do the Haven Acres Top pattern and the Charlie Dress pattern meet the criteria? First, the styles work great together. They are both sweet, feminine garments. Second, the gathered waist of the Haven Acres top matches lines well with the fullness of the Charlie Dress. Finally, the recommended fabrics are the same. It's a mashup match!
Why was I inspired to do this mashup? My daughter would wear a dress every day if she could. Every. single. day. I love the Charlie Dress, but the last thing she needs heading in to fall is another sleeveless dress. The sleeves of the Haven Acres top provide coverage for fall weather and the Charlie Dress adds the skirt for the dressed up look my daughter desires.
I just love the details of the Haven Acres Top - that keyhole and bow .... those puff sleeves. So sweet!
The only design element I added to the two patterns is the small contrast band at the drop waist. Both of the fabrics for this look were purchased recently at JoAnn Fabrics. The denim is a lightweight, 4 oz dark wash found here. The floral is a cotton lawn found here.
The lines of both patterns really line up organically. The result is lovely from any angle.
Begin with the front and back bodice of the Haven Acres top and the front and back of the Charlie Dress, laying the Haven Acres pieces on top of the coordinating Charlie Dress piece. (**I am using the size 7 Haven Acres top and size 5 Charlie Dress. The Charlie Dress is a bit fuller than the Haven Acres top.)
Line up each set of pieces along the midline and shoulders.
Tape pieces together along the bottom of the Haven Acres pattern pieces.
Flip the taped together pieces over. Turn down and fold each of the tops of the Charlie Dress pieces down past the armscye.
The pieces should look like this when flipped back to the front:
All together, you will have five pattern pieces to complete the mashup: the combined front and back pieces, the Haven Acres sleeve of your choice, the Haven Acres keyhole placket, and the Charlie Dress skirt ruffle.
In order to keep the look of the Haven Acres peplum but with the Charlie Dress width, we will fold the Charlie Dress ruffle down to a smaller size. Start by folding the piece in half along the center/fold line.
Measure down 2 inches from your new fold. Mark in a few places across the length of the ruffle piece.
Flip up along 2" marks and crease fold.
Turn the overhang from the bottom of the seam side of the ruffle. Line up with top seam side of ruffle and fold.
Your adapted peplum ruffle piece will look like this:
You are now ready to cut your fabric. In addition to the pattern pieces, I made my own bias tape and also cut 1.5" bias strips of fabric for the contrast band at the drop waist. Press the contrast band in half, resulting in a .75" folded strip. Line up the open side of the strip along the bottom of the front bodice piece. Sew the folded edge with a 1/8" seam allowance. Also sew along the open edge of the strip to secure. Repeat for the back bodice piece.
Your fabric pieces are all now prepared. You will have 2 sleeves, 1 piece of bias tape, 1 keyhole placket, 1 front bodice piece with contrast band, 1 back bodice piece with contrast band, 2 peplum ruffles and 2 skirt ruffles.
Complete the top of your dress using the Haven Acres Top pattern steps:
Finally, attach the skirt using the Charlie Dress pattern instructions. I gathered the skirt ruffle and peplum ruffle separately, then sewed them together and treated them as one piece when following the Charlie Dress instructions.
We would love to see your Haven Acres Charlie Dress mashups. Please tag us on instagram @upcraftclub and @eastandeden with the hashtag #havenacrescharliedress to share your creations.