Monday, 9 September 2013

High-low Popover with Pockets and Elastic

I wasn't planning to sew along with Project Run and Play.  The timing was just wrong for me.  The project weeks are right at the start of school (I am a teacher) and a lot of the prep would need to be done  at the end of August when I have minimal services available for my developmentally disabled son.  Then I saw three things that made me change my mind.  1st - only 4 weeks long this time!  There will be fewer projects to ooh and ah over but it makes it easier for people like me to sew along on our own.  2nd- plaid week!  I have had my eye on some really nice plaid and that gave me an excuse to buy some. 3rd - The Popover Dress Remix!  I love this pattern.  It is one of the first dresses I made when I got into sewing for my kids.  It is a wonderful pattern for a simple, comfortable sundress. 

I know everyone approaches a remix differently.  Some prefer to just be inspired by the pattern and take off from there.  I prefer to start with the physical pattern and make changes to customize and give it my own touches.  I made two Popover Dresses for this week.  

This first one has a high-low hem (higher in front and longer in back), Regular straps (no ties), a ruffle on the bottom, on-seam pockets, and elastic across the top.  The elastic was needed for my girls because with the original pattern the straps slip down a lot.  See the first picture - that is a popover dress I made earlier this summer.  

Original Popover                                                                                 Remixed Popover

 High-Low Hem

 On-seam pockets and elastic casing 

 Elastic holds the straps on the shoulders.  The elastic also adds stress points to the garment though so I added extra stitches to reinforce this area.

Here is the second dress I made.  She didn't want pockets and instead of a ruffle she has tiny purple lace trim along the bottom.


  1. Adorable! I can't wait to see what else you do! :) Following your blog now definately!
    Bonnie MS

  2. Very clever idea. Never thought to do elastic. I'd love for you to link your outfit to our Fall Clothing Party!!!

  3. Very sweet! I admire you for sewing along during the school year! I only started blogging and participating in sew alongs when I decided to stay home from teaching in the public schools! :)

  4. I really like the look and the functionality of the elastic--thanks for the tip!

  5. I love the elastic in the top---so clever and it gives it an extra detail which I LOVE! So well done!

  6. They are both so adorable! I really like the elastic in the front and back yokes.