You know what the ultimate clothing formula is for me? Maybe it’s the same one you have. If you have a casual job or a kid-centered world of any description my guess is we are on the same page. It’s comfort-mixed-with-cute-mixed-with-at-least-a-little-fashion(ish). Don’t get me wrong, I can wear an awful lot of yoga pants (which they used to call sweatpants in the 90s, just sayin’). These days, though, I’m working on wearing clothes that have the comfort level of yoga pants but look a little bit more like something that wouldn’t double as pajamas.
Introducing The Tennis Dress! This dress is all of those things in one great dress.
I’m so happy to have this dress in my world. It’s made of thick jersey knit fabric and is based off the amazing skirt as top (free) scoop neck t-shirt pattern. Kristin is amazing and makes the most incredible stuff, I’m completely in love with her every move. As soon as I made her scoop neck tee it was easy to turn it into a little dress because the pattern is genius.
First of all, there are no sleeves, the pattern has the sleeve built right in but unlike other patterns out there that do this, these sleeves look great and elegant and don’t poke out or anything. To turn this into a dress, I took away some of the a-line angle (just a bit) and simple extended it down 12-14 inches. I also added little pockets at the bottom. The pockets are made out of knit fabric actually but have a faux pocket flap out of chambray. They are just the right size for the tiny toys and acorns the boys always seem to need me to carry for them. They would also fit a library card or driver’s license but not much more.
I’ve been big on the red-navy color combination lately. Black is just so pre-kids. Just kidding, I will always love black and grey but navy is a nice addition to my wardrobe…a little preppy. That’s actually why this is called the tennis dress. Just looks like I’m about to go play tennis, don’t you think? Thinking about playing tennis is about as preppy as I get so live it up tennis dress! Now I just need some tennis playing weather so I have an excuse to wear this dress already.
p.s. I’m on a serious clothing making kick. I’m considering signing up for Me Made May. Have you ever done that? I was so sad I missed out when I started to see so many handmade clothes popping up last May. Maybe this is my (and yours?) year to join in?