How to hack the Play Date Dress to have a matching Bolero

Version 1

A while back, I blogged about the Play Date Dress that I made for the youngest for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. But I haven't shown you the one I made later on for my oldest yet. Because I made a sleeveless version this time (a limited hack), I hacked the pattern to make a fitting bolero. Below I show you how I did it, and I give some additional tips. I made it reversible too.

I started with the patterned parts of the bodice from the Play Date Dress, because I wanted a short cardigan (bolero-style), so that that beautiful bow would remain visible on the back. I chose a soft and fun fabric for an extra festive hue.

I first drew the front. I added half an inch to the neckline. From the neckline I drew a curved line to the side seam at the bottom.


I lengthened the sleeves. There, too, I just started with the pattern part. I first took the measurements of my daughters arm length with the tape measure (measuring is knowing ...), from the shoulder to the wrist. That way I knew exactly how long the sleeve should be.

I did not make any adjustments to the back. When I make this bolero again, which will certainly happen, I will make a change here. Now, after all, it is rather 'wide' on the back, while I would rather see it more fitted.

So next time (you learn by doing!) I would take it in at the waist.


I made the bolero reversible, because it gives a little more warmth, and because it can be worn on both sides and of course fits with several items of clothing. I thought this version was quite successful for a fairly extensive hack, but I will certainly 'tweak' a bit.



Oh by the way, for the dress itself I just left the sleeves off, and finished the bodice at the arm opening with stretchable bias.

Second attempt: the tweaked version
As mentioned above, I thought the bolero was rather wide and gaped on the back, while I preferred it a little more fitted. Because I made the previous one reversible, it also remains 'bumpy', even after washing and ironing.

So I made a few adjustments:
- I took the pattern in a little at the side seams, so that it would fit more in the waist. I used the red dotted line (see photo below).
- I made a bolero from the same material, this time neither lined nor reversible.
- to finish the raw edges, I first went over it with the overlock. Afterwards I placed bias in the neckline, for a neat finish. At the hem, I just turned the locked edge in and stitched it.





This is how I obtained the result below, which I am very happy with!

And now I have a padded winter version, and an airy summer version of this bolero. Win-win, if you ask me, because a lot has been learned in the meantime!





Also try it? All you need for both the dress and the bolero is the pattern of the Play Date Dress!

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