I am so so excited, the Kentucky Derby will be happening again soon! If your wondering why this makes me so excited let me explain. I was born in Lexington, Kentucky, spent 8 years there during my 20’s and believe it or not…my dad is jockey! Yes, for real. In fact my family has and still does race horses in Lexington. Even while growing up in California my entire childhood was spent around horses. I guess you could say I have never know a life without horses.
So when Melissa Mortenson of The Polka Chair (whose style I simply adore) came out with her horse-centric fabric line Derby Style I just about flipped. I knew I HAD to do something awesome with these prints. For more inspiration from this line, check out the horseshoe-shaped pillow I made! Super fun!!!!
Jennie from Glam Fabrics was carrying this line in her shop and was awesome enough to send some my way! Yay! I happened to have two boat neck style dresses that were getting very short on my girls and when I saw how well they went with this fabric I knew it was a perfect match.
So I have a super easy and fun Derby Dress Pattern and Tutorial with two bow options. I was able to use a 1/2 yard for each dress. For the shorter dress (3T) I had a little more fabric and made a larger bow and for the longer dress (5T) I made a smaller bow and attached it to the collar. You may need a little more fabric if you want a bigger size but this is a great 1/2 yard/upcycle project.
Here are the details of the tutorial. You can find the bow pattern pieces at the end of the post.
With Shirt facing right side out insert into the waist of the skirt. Skirt will be RST with the wrong
side on the outside
Pin shirt and skirt waist together. Sew together using a 1/2” seam, serge or zigzag stitch edges to prevent fraying.
Download the Fabric Bow Sewing Pattern. This will give you the correct measurements for the bow.
If you don’t have a t-shirt to upcycle my picks for a pattern would be either the Beach Boatneck from Blank Slate Patterns or the Bateau Neck Top from Aesthetic Nest. And a few striped knits from Glam Fabrics that would work the Derby Style cotton prints.
Hope you have a great Derby Day!