Saturday, July 16, 2011

Ponyo Dress and Pantaloons

My five year old loves Ponyo, a sweet animated film. She had a Ponyo-themed birthday party and has begged me for "a dress like Ponyo's" for months.

I have a longtime love of pantaloons on little girls, so I couldn't resist!

I'm kind of ashamed to say that in six years of serious sewing, this is only my first attempt at a dress with sleeves AND a zipper. I've been terrified of both and figured this project was the perfect motivation to bite the bullet. I didn't use a pattern for this dress and I was worried the sleeves would be a disaster, but they turned to be easy and are one of my favorite features of the dress.

I added a funky, exposed vintage zipper for a little Seth Aaron flair (I love his stuff!), and it looks alright. I lost my zipper foot and it's just hard to sew in a zipper without one. I'm proud, though, because this bodice is lined and I enclosed the zipper's raw edges and managed to keep it lined up. I'm in the market for a new zipper foot; I think I'll try more zippers now that I'm not afraid anymore. Lol.

Karli loved it! This impromptu modeling moment at the deli counter didn't yield any prize-winning photography (I was holding my 18-month old, after all), but I think she looks so cute!

Sorry for the blurry shot. I really love this pose. Heck, I really love this girl! Here's to a long summer of Ponyo-playing fun.


  1. I can't believe you made that! How cute! We would love for you to come share this at our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday" link party!

    The Sisters @

  2. this is so cute! great job! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

  3. This dress is darling! I am impressed and it looks just like Ponyo's dress! :) My little girl would love it. I am terrified of zippers too, but this is so cute I am just have to try it. :) Thanks for linking this up to our link party last week . . . we would love to have you stop by today and link up more of your great projects at Strut Your Stuff Saturday!
    Camille @

  4. Wow that is a great dress. I am also planning a Ponyo party for my soon to be 4 yr old daughter. Stop by my blog Wonderful work once again. :)