How to Modify the Go! Shirt/Tank to be Dress Length
This tutorial is written with permission from Kelly J Designs, showing how to modify the Go! Shirt and Tank into a dress.
IF YOU ARE BLENDING SIZES by shortening/lengthening at the lines on the pattern, DO THIS FIRST, to ensure your pocket hits at the right spot. For example, my daughter is a size 3 chest and size 4/5 height (right in between), so I cut out the size 3 pieces and then added 1″ at each shorten/lengthen line, to bring it to the same length as a size 5. Note, her pocket sits a little low since she is just barely a size 5 for height – if a had done a 4 length, it would sit a little higher.
Next, measure your child from shoulder down to your desired dress hem length (I measured my daughter from shoulder to knee). Then compare this length to the finished tee measurement in the pattern for your height size (size 5 in my case), and determine how much length you’ll need to add. I needed to add 5 inches.
Modifying the Back Piece
For the modifications, start with your BACK piece. Measure down the extra length along the fold line, then draw a line perpendicular, ending directly below the side of the piece (as shown in the first illustration below).
Next measure the distance from the bottom of the armscye down to the new bottom line. Then draw a diagonal line out from the armscye at this length (as shown in the second illustration below) – the angle of the line will depend on how much swing you want in the dress. I don’t suggest adding a ton of swing unless you are using a drapey fabric (but the pocket will sit best in a more structured knit).
Finally, connect the bottom line with your new angled side line with a smooth curve (as shown in the third illustration below).
NOTE: The grey pieces in the illustrations show the original unmodified (apart from size blending) tee/tank pieces.
Modifying the Front Side Piece
Next, move on to your FRONT SIDE piece. Start by tracing the armscye, diagonal side, and curved part of the hem from your modified BACK piece (as shown in the red line in the first illustration below).
Then remove your back piece, and place your UNMODIFIED (apart from size blending) front side piece on top, lining up the armscye. Trace the remaining sides (except for the bottom), and then using a ruler, extend the left side (color blocked seam) down at the same angle, until it is the same level as the new hem line (as shown in the second and third illustrations below).
Finally, draw a straight line across the bottom to fill in the rest of the hem (as shown in the fourth illustration below). You can use your back piece again as a guide to make sure the hem is level and both pieces match along that section.
Modifying the Center Front Piece
The final piece to modify is the center front. Your pocket lining and backing do not need to be modified, nor does the sleeve.
Start by extending the fold line down by the amount of additional length you need (as shown in the first illustration below) – the same as you did on the back piece.
Then, using a ruler, extend the right side angle down until it is the same level as the bottom of the fold line (as shown in the second illustration below).
Finally, draw a straight line across the bottom, perpendicular to the fold line (as shown in the third illustration below).
Sewing your Go! Dress
The sewing process needs almost no modifications. The only step you will need to add, is sewing the bottom of your pocket lining and pocket backing together, between steps 6 and 7. You COULD then also topstitch from the front, through the bottom of the pocket, but I don’t find it necessary, I also don’t do the optional topstitching at the top of the pocket though. I find with a good press, the vertical color blocking seams are enough to keep it in place.
And there you have it!
All done, an adorable dress with pocket! Who doesn’t love a pocket?!? You can get this fantastic pattern from Kelly J Designs!