well, i have just knitted my very first garment. a dress for my 3 year old. i started with the yarn she chose. a lovely lady at a knit shop used a computer program to print out a pattern for me. i wanted a plain, stocking stitch tank dress for the gauge of yarn my daughter chose. i made the dress (and taught myself how to make a funky ruffle for the bottom of it---which looks FAB).
BUT...the neck hole is too small....it took several tries to get it over her head. (but she loves the dress and wont take it off!!! she says she will wear it EVERYDAY!)
other than the tiny head hole...the dress is far too big for her. the tank top straps are too wide, and the dress really does look like a potato sack!
is there a way i can salvage this? or should i tear it apart and start over?
i am considering trying to gather along the shoulder seams to make them sit on her shoulders...but that will be very bulky i think.
---as it is very chunky knit...could i do some kind of gathering along the back waist to give it some shape? (is is supposed to be just above the knees!)
the pattern is clearly not a tank top on top...and really it is just too big.
but she LOVES it (in fact she has gone to preschool today looking like an orphan in a potato sack because she doesnt want to take it off!!! ha ha ha)
any suggestions on how to make this passable are warmly welcomed!
also--does anyone have a tank dress pattern in st st for a 3 year old? perhaps my best solution will be to make her a dress that actually FITs! (as i am on bedrest, i am limited to trying to get patterns on the internet and i have not had much luck finding a simple tank dress)
the yarn my daughter has chosen is 9sts=10cm on 10mm needles. i am using straight needles right now...the next project i will teach myself to use circulars!
thank you so much for any help and suggestions!
ps---doesnt that ruffle look FAB??!!! (im super proud of myself for figuring it out....and adding it on after the fact! yippeeeeeee!)
i have heaps of extra yarn, so if i can make another dress, i can tear the top off this one, knit a casing on it and turn it into a long, draw string skirt...? does that sound like my best plan?
i will sit anxiously awaiting some of your kind assistance! thank you in advance!
i hope i posted this correctly...sorry for the length. pics of the dress are below.
thank you for the links to the patterns! i have saved them on my desk top. if i can work out how to adjust a pattern for a very different gauge yarn they will work! but i love to accumulate patterns...things to try in the future!
thanks again for your reply!
and my daughter would totally wear stripes and polkadots too!
my question is called "help! my dress looks like a potato sack". and it has come up in the thread about magic loop questions.
im brand new to this forum business and dont really know what i am doing! but i am desperate for help with my first project!
thanks for posting to help me.
I think your daughters looks super cute!
As for de-potato sacking the dress, what about knitting a belt to add? It might do the trick of the gathering at the back that you suggested. You could sew in a few loops of yarn to hold the belt in place. Maybe make the belt long enough to tie it into a big bow?
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yes! i thought of that too! but she did not like wearing the belt!
so i spent the day experimenting and i have knitted a small tank top to see how it fits her and i think i have the fit right. so i am going to re-knit this dress with this pattern that i have fudged together myself!
i am going to unravel the top of this dress and it into a long skirt...perhaps put some more ruffles on the bottom and give it a spanish flair! (3 yo love dora!)
i have just cast on for the re-make of the dress.... i will post pics of the new and improved version when it is done!