Guinea Pig Dress/ McCalls 6271

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By Amy Mayen

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I made Bella’s Guinea Pig Dress using McCalls 6271.

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(Let me tell you how this dress was born, then I’ll give you the nitty gritty on this pattern.)

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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!)

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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!!!

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Okay, back to the review. I used the bodice from M627, and added orange piping.

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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.

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Bella didn’t like the bubble skirt, so I took the elastic out of the bottom hem.

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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.

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The neck ties with a bow as well. I may omit the waist ties altogether.

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I was really insecure while making it…I felt like all the colors made it look like a carnival dress.

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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?!!

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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.)

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Thanks for stopping by to see my crazy Guinea Pig Dress! This dress was featured on SewCanDo!

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33 Comments

  1. Wow, you are amazing! We had guinea pigs when my children were younger. Our last one passed away a couple of months ago, sob! We also lost our beloved dog in 2009. It’s hard losing pets. I love this dress though! You’re giving your kids great style!
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  2. Amy, it’s awesome! And thanks so much for the shout out. I’m so flattered – you can Pinterest stalk me anytime;) I love the colors together – guinea pigs are happy so a dress showing them off should be too. Now that the tax refund is in I’m going to go piggy fabric crazy too. I’ve pinned this to share the love. Thanks for sharing & linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do!
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  3. I like it better without the bubble skirt too. I think it came out wonderful, and I bet your daughter loved it too! There was a time when I would have spent a good deal of money on this for my daughter (she’s 14 now and the only dress she’s looking forward to is her prom dress *sigh* ). You did a beautiful job.

  4. Thanks for joining my blog on GFC, Amy. I’m following you on Bloglovin’ and FB :)
    And many thanks for linking up to my hop, looking forward to see you again, every Monday :)

    Have a happy week.
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  5. I don’t think it is carnival at all! It is super cute, I love the bright colours, and the amazing guinea pigs, and I would rock that fabric even as a 29 year old! Then again, my goal for the year is to have 12 dresses that look like something Miss Frizzle would wear…I wish I could afford to spend Spoonflower prices for my Miss Frizzle dresses, I’m sure I could find everything my little heart desires there!
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