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In this case, I don’t mind at all. Here’s another pattern as requested by an awesome knitter! She asked me if I could do a strappy sundress – here it is!

Shirley Dress for Middie Blythe

I’m really pleased with the fit of this sundress. The straps are exactly the right size for Middie’s shoulders and the dress fits snugly without being too tight. The lace of the skirt is airy and light, perfect for a sundress.

Shirley Dress for Middie Blythe

I’m serious, you can find this pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy.

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prototyping Shirley

(Don’t call me Shirley!) I recently had a request from a Blythe enthusiast to create a sundress pattern for Middie Blythe. I love a challenge with a concrete goal, and this sounded fun anyway, so of course I accepted.

I haven’t written a pattern for anything with this type of straps yet, so this was a start-from-scratch-er.

Shirley Dress for Middie Blythe prototype

The first prototype is a little big all around. The armholes are too large and droopy underneath, the bodice is too long, and the whole thing is too big around/not fitted enough.

Shirley Dress for Middie Blythe prototype

I also need to add shaping to the bodice and I’m not 100% satisfied with the stitch pattern on the skirt, especially combined with the picot bind-off I used. Lots of things to revise for version 2!

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