By Amy Mayen
I made Bella’s Guinea Pig Dress using McCalls 6271.
(Let me tell you how this dress was born, then I’ll give you the nitty gritty on this pattern.)
See, I Pinterest stalk Cheryl from SewCanDo. Cheryl has a Fab Fabrics board that I love! She pinned some Guinea Pig fabric from Spoonflower, & I almost lost my mind.
(BTW at Spoonflower.com you can upload your own designs & they will make you custom fabric!)
We have 2 “weeny pigs” named Mario & Luigi. They helped ease the pain of our broken hearts when they replaced our beloved dog, Champ. (I wrote about it here.) That’s why I paid around $40 for 2 yards- it’s weeny fabric!!!
Okay, back to the review. I used the bodice from M627, and added orange piping.
I was just shy of the actual yardage needed for the skirt, so I basically cut my fabric in half. 1 yard in front, 1 yard in back. I still got a nice full skirt.
Bella didn’t like the bubble skirt, so I took the elastic out of the bottom hem.
The bodice has 2 strips of 1/4″ elastic in back. Next time I use this pattern, I’ll use shirring instead. It has a sort of poof on the back…it looks fine I suppose. I just think the bow will lay nicer against a nice, flat bodice.
The neck ties with a bow as well. I may omit the waist ties altogether.
I was really insecure while making it…I felt like all the colors made it look like a carnival dress.
But once I saw her happy little face, all my nervousness subsided. If you can’t wear a dress with blue, orange, red, yellow, and green with guinea pigs when you are 8, then when?!!
I made the necklace using a tube of fabric and wooden beads. It pulls some of the blue from her skirt…I need to makeabout a thousand more. I got the inspiration from SkipToMyLou. (Her version is much better.)
Thanks for stopping by to see my crazy Guinea Pig Dress! This dress was featured on SewCanDo!