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Help me design a dress for a country/western/hoe-down father-daughter dance!

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    Profile photo of onehappymammaonehappymamma @onehappymamma

    Hello sewing friends!

    In about a month, my oldest daughter and my husband will be attending a country/western/hoe-down theme father-daughter dance, and of course I want to make a new outfit for the occasion!

    I need ideas.

    My only thought (and I am totally not committed to it yet!) so far is the somewhat obvious red gingham fabric.

    Help!

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    Profile photo of BrittneyBrittney @georgeandizzy

    What size is she? That may help with pattern suggestions:) Nicole made a cute Swingset skirt with fringe that was cowgirl like.

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    Profile photo of onehappymammaonehappymamma @onehappymamma

    She is an average 8-year old, a straight size 8. 🙂

    Thanks! I will check that out!

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    Profile photo of BrittneyBrittney @georgeandizzy

    What about a lengthened Classic Picnic top in red gingham with a chambray Sketchbook tied in a knot, or a modified Art Museum vest to look sort of like a denim vest? Or you could probably even easier use the sketchbook for a denim vest. I love the flowy dress under a vest or tied shirt. Just my two cents, anyways:)

    And of course, boots.

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    I don’t know how to properly attach a photo, but if you click on the image it will pull up a larger, full shot version.

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    Profile photo of onehappymammaonehappymamma @onehappymamma

    Ok yes!! That is perfect! She already has great boots, so we’re set there. I know she will love that outfit. Thanks for your help!

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    Profile photo of BrittneyBrittney @georgeandizzy

    You’re welcome! I am totally considering running it by my 9 yo, she already has a nice chambray shirt, maybe not in gingham though, being it would be for every day wear… So, thank you for posing the question! 🙂

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    Ha! Glad to help! 🙂

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    Profile photo of vothgirlvothgirl @vothgirl

    @georgeandizzy that’s adorable! I love it – would also be cute using a lengthened LTTS tutu for the skirt part.

    @onehappymamma, another suggestion (for a pattern I don’t own, haha) would be a jumprope dress with a circle skirt modification – I feel like I’ve seen several floating around Flickr, and it would be adorable in denim & cotton lace, or gingham with white accents. It doesn’t look like it would be too difficult to overlay a western-style yoke over the top of the bodice back and front shoulders.

    Again, I don’t own that pattern, and I’m in love with Brit’s idea, but thought I’d throw my idea into the mix ;-).

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    Profile photo of with love Heidiwith love Heidi @with love Heidi

    What about a full tiered skirt to go with the chambray shirt? I make these all the time, in fact wore a floor length one to a wedding today. I usually make them out of all one fabric. Here’s a tutorial for ones made from multiple fabrics, but it will give you the idea.
    http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/cutting-corners/2013/9/16/priscilla-patchwork-skirt-tutorial/
    I tend to increase each tier by 1.5.

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    Ooh, I like those ideas too! Thank you! Decisions, decisions…

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    Profile photo of ReeniReeni @Reeni

    Do you want to do a one-piece dress? I made a dress out of the Little Lisette blouse with a plain top (in velvet) and skirt on wool plaid — fabrics chosen for winter wear, as the kids’ school show was Christmas in the Country. (pic in the o&s flickr)…

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    You could do a swing skirt out of chambray with a gingham petticoat ruffle. You could use the gingham for bandanas for both of them. If you make the petticoat ruffle detachable the skirt would be more versitial.

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    Profile photo of NicoleNicole @motherof5

    The Hula Hoop skirt? With a knotted Sketchbook shirt?

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