Mash Up | Kingdome Jersey + Olalla Drop Waist Dress

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Guest Sewist: Kaitlyn

PDF Sewing Patterns being used for this Mash-Up: 

Kingdome Jersey
Olalla Drop Waist Dress 


Hey Y’all, 

Kaitlyn here. You can find my sewing journey over at L.J.Makes on Instagram. When I’m not sewing, you can find me wrangling kids, binge watching Schitt’s Creek, and running the occasional half marathon. I’m still a total newbie in the sewing world, but I love taking creative risks!

Recently, I received some fabric from Whiskey Tango Fabrics for their 2nd anniversary sale. Some striped jersey mesh and metallic spandex foil. My four-year-old decided that it needed to be cape. He begged. Pleaded. But, I’ve watched the Incredibles—at his insistence—enough times to know the cardinal rule. No capes. So instead of a cape, this Kingdome Jersey made all of his make-believe baseball dreams come true. It turned out so cute!  

Images from A League of Their Own started dancing through my head. I couldn’t not see it; the image was seared in my mind. 

Thus began the mash up between the Kingdome Jersey and the Olalla Drop Waist Dress.

I started by cutting out the Olalla dress pieces in the jersey mesh. 

The ruffles. The back. The front. 

Then I switched to a bright red cotton Lycra—I was out of the athletic foil—in the Kingdome pattern. The sleeves. Neckband. Two front yokes. 

Now, messing with arm scythes kind of freaked me out. We’re not supposed to do that, right? But I decided to give it a go. So, I lined up the Olalla front with the projected view of the Kingdome front and wondered how the heck am I going to do this?

Laying the mirrored front yokes over the top of the Olalla front, matching at the shoulder seams with the left points at the top lining up, I cut a line across the bottom of the yoke. 

Then I cut the right side of the yoke to match the width of the shoulder seam, leaving a quarter of an inch for the seam allowance over the left side—see below. 

From there it seemed like business as usual. Create the top using the Kingdome pattern. I love how this neckline comes together!

Next, sew in the sleeves. Then sew up the sides and follow the instructions on the Olalla for the skirt.

baseball inspired dress laying on a cutting mat

Then it’s done. Easy-peasy. Rain City Patterns does such a great job helping beginners feel confident with cute as heck patterns. I’m still smitten by the end result; it is everything I was hoping it would be and more!

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