Sewing for my Teen: Bringing home Marbella

A month ago, I shared this Marbella dress I made for The Bee over at Melly Sews as a Blank Slate Patterns Team member. Today I get to bring it home! I absolutely adore sewing for my teen.

Marbella pattern by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

Oh my goodness we had fun with this one. When she put it on, she and I agreed that we needed to do a 1940’s-esque photo session. We got some great looks from passerbys in the ferry terminal and in the center of town, for sure.

Marbella pattern by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

Believe it or not, this pattern is a fairly quick sew! The Marbella uses knit fabric, and has a collar and front placket. Instead of buttons, I used snaps, because I thought they looked cleaner. Well, that AND I really dislike sewing button holes and buttons. Ha!

Marbella pattern by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

 A really cool feature is the side seam pockets. I took this opportunity to use a fun light blue woven map fabric. It is just a little pop of color that peeks out when she bends.

Marbella pattern by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I folded the hem up, on the sleeves, and topstitched on the right side of the fabric, so that it would have a cuffed appearance. I left the bottom of the dress unhemmed. This knit fabric will not fray, and I didn’t want any bulk down there.

Marbella pattern by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

My girl is all over the sizing chart. Literally. Her measurements spanned across size 4- 10. And not in top-to-bottom fashion, which would be easy to grade out. Over bust is a 10, Bust is a 4, Waist is an 8, and Hips are a 4! So I took her bust measurement which was a size 4, and even though her waist is an 8, there is enough ease to fit her there. All I did was decrease the seam allowance a bit, and it fit beautifully.

Marbella pattern by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

She has already asked me to sew up another Marbella for her (just in time for school to start), which is a sure sign this pattern is a big hit!

This officially is my last post as a Blank Slate Team member. A big Thank You to Melissa for choosing me to be on the team this past year. It was wonderful to sew up your fabulous patterns. I know I will continue to use them for many years to come!

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This dress. Oh it was such the labor of love. My adorable niece asked me for a dress. I sent her photos of one I made for my Falafel, and she LOVED it. No problem. I could whip one up in my sleep by now.

How WRONG I was.

Firstly, it is 90 degrees in our house right now, so I really shouldn’t be even attempting to sew at the moment. But, I want to mail it this week, so now is when it has to be done. Secondly, I only wanted to use what I had in my stash, which was a whole lot of this very thin white rib knit.

Well, I made it (with a few struggles), and I guess because of the amount of stretch in this fabric, it came out HUGE. My 9 year old and her 7 year old cousin are the same exact size, luckily, so I could make sure it was the correct fit before I sent it off.

I cut the waist a little higher, reattached the skirt portion, then cut off the rib knit bias tape off of everything, and started over by making a stiffer, thicker grey knit bias tape.

 I have learned to not give up so easily when my sewing takes a left turn, suddenly. As Olympia Dukakis said in MoonstruckIt ain’t over til it’s over“. Of course she was talking about having babies, but it totally applies to this as well. Ha!

I am glad I could fix it, and it will be sent off  to my sweet niece to enjoy!