Kiki’s Delivery Service – Dress

Kiki’s Delivery Service is a great coming-of-age animated film produced by the talents at Studio Ghibli. I just learned the movie is based on Eiko Kadono’s book – I need to find an English translation! If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend checking your library to see if they have a copy.

Today we’ll be modifying a dress pattern to replicate Kiki’s witch dress. We’ll later add the bow, bloomers, shoes, and messenger bag.

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Materials:

  • dark purple (almost black) knit fabric – anything with a bit of drape and flow will work
  • McCall’s 7266 pattern
  • matching thread
  • 1/2″ velcro

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Since Kiki wears a loose, flowy dress, I merged a shirt and coat pattern. I used pieces 1, 2, 3, 17, 18 from M7266. You’ll be overlapping them on folded fabric.

 

The back consists of piece #2 with #17 reversed and laid on top. We’ll be using the facing of #2, so that we’ll have a velcro enclosure on the back. Here is the view before and after cutting:

 

The front consists of piece #1 reversed on the fold and #18 laid on top. #18 hangs over the fold, so there will be a large portion of it that won’t be cut out. Here is the view before and after cutting:

If you’re wondering about the masking tape in the pictures above, they are marking the wrong side of the fabric. It is sometimes tricky to tell which is the right and wrong side of the fabric. When I have two similar sides, I use tape to tell them apart.

Sew the pieces according to the directions for the shirt (View A) included with the pattern.  Use a scant seam allowance on the sleeves to keep them wide. Using the 1/4″ seam allowance will make them look more snug than they should be. Be sure to shorten the sleeves to 3/4 length, which is still longer than View A’s directions.

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One of the more confusing parts of the pattern is step 5 directing you to “Stitch FRONT FACING 3 and back self facings together at shoulders.” Pattern piece 3 (front facing) is connecting the two facing pieces from pattern 2 (back) like a bridge. This is what it should look like if you stitch them together correctly:

 

Step 6 directs you to understitch the facing. If you’re relatively new to sewing or just need a refresher, there is a great tutorial at Sewaholic. It has images and walks you through the process of understitching. Very  helpful.

The skirt length will need to be shortened.

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Once you’ve finished, you’ll have something like this:

 

 

In our next post, we’ll be making Kiki’s large hair bow.

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