The pattern being flipped was the Hattie Dress by Brownie Goose.
I think this dress is adorable by itself. In fact, I have plans to make one straight up for Iris soon.
While I do love altering patterns, my brain usually operates in the reverse of 'Flip This Pattern.' I generally start with a idea and then find a pattern that I can alter to make my vision a reality.
So this time, I started with my favorite part of the pattern, what I wanted to keep - the sleeves. There aren't a lot of dress patterns with long sleeves. Then I went to my favorite source of inspiration, Pinterest. I landed on this pin and decided to try to replicate it.
Given I loved those sleeves so much, the only change I made to them was to shorten the cuff by about an inch or so.
Next, I removed the bodice pleat, drawing a standard bodice top while being sure to keep the Hattie's underarm curve shape.
I wanted a loose fitting bodice, so I kept the Hattie's A-line shape and simply shortened it to hit at Iris's belly button.
Then I added a gathered- but not too gathered- skirt.
I really debated as to whether I should line the bodice. I ultimately decided not to, to give the dress a more flowy feel. This allowed for easy construction being the Hattie pattern is also unlined. I could pretty much follow the pattern instructions.
This left my neckline unfinished. I knew I wanted to finish it with bias binding - though technically not 'bias', because I cut it on the crossgrain.
The final small change I made was to make a fabric button loop rather than an elastic one.
Whenever I work with plaids, I'm always careful (and maybe a bit obsessive) about making sure my plaids match. Whether it's the neckline binding, the cuffs, or the side seams, I'm always mindful when cutting plaids to hopefully make the dress more interesting.
I bought my fabric here. The description says it's a flannel but it didn't really feel like a flannel at all - in a good way. I loved the weight and drape of it. Within each of the cream lines is a subtle herringbone pattern. Unfortunately, though, fabric.com says it's no longer available. I hope they get more in stock soon. It would make great scarf material, I think.