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New Look 6847: DIY Child’s Cuddle Fleece Dressing Gown Robe

New Look 6847 Child's Dressing Gown

New Look 6847 Child’s Dressing Gown

Hello My Friends,

Today is a quick post on New Look 6847, described as unisex loungewear.

I made view A, the gown, from the softest cuddle fleece you could imagine.

New Look 6847 - close up of fabric

New Look 6847 – close up of fabric

Kezia could not be more thrilled with the final garment, and I have to say that I am pretty pleased with the results. It went together very smoothly (and quickly; approx. 3 hours start to finish) and my serger coped brilliantly with the fabric, even though my sewing room was a mess at the end from the fluff and fibres. (BTW I sewed the seams on my machine first, then used the serger to finish them).

New Look 6847 Child's Dressing Gown

New Look 6847 Child’s Dressing Gown

New Look 6847 Child's Dressing Gown

New Look 6847 Child’s Dressing Gown

New Look 6847 Child's Dressing Gown - close up of stabilised shoulder seam using clear elastic

New Look 6847 Child’s Dressing Gown – close up of stabilised shoulder seam using clear elastic

During this project I could not help but question the sensibility of making this garment, when I could have probably bought this robe for less than what it cost to make (if you factor in my time). But, well, Kezia was happy with the outcome and I guess so was I.

Now, something else I wanted to mention. Burdastyle is trying to find the Top 50 sewing blogs, and I am absolutely honoured to be included in the list for voting. There are some inspirational blogs on the list, but, equally, I am surprised that some of my favourite bloggers were not included. I guess it’s perhaps like the X factor scenario when the favourite act gets voted off in a surprise result, because everyone thinks their safe, no-one bothers to vote for them? Anyway, if you want to go check out the list in full, find some amazing new blogs and vote, you can do that here.

Until soon….thank you and goodnight!

New Look 6847 Child's Dressing Gown

New Look 6847 Child’s Dressing Gown

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Simplicity 2571: DIY Anna from Frozen Cape

Simplicity 2571: Anna from Frozen cape

Simplicity 2571: Anna from Frozen cape

Hello Readers,

The love for Frozen still rumbles on in this household.

Here’s the inspiration:

Anna from Frozen

Anna from Frozen

Here’s my version:

Simplicity 2571: Anna from Frozen cape

Simplicity 2571: Anna from Frozen cape

I used view D from Simplicity 2571. If I had thought about it I would have rounded the corners off. The fabric is the same fabric I used to make my New Look 6097 wrap dress. I simply cut 2 back pieces; one lengthened to around 70 cm, and one shortened to around 30 cm, and treated them as one, sewing them to a shortened front piece. I didn’t interface the collar.

Simplicity 2571: Anna from Frozen cape

Simplicity 2571: Anna from Frozen cape

Close up of the pom pom trim:

Simplicity 2571: Anna from Frozen cape

Simplicity 2571: Anna from Frozen cape

It’s all very rough and ready. I didn’t even finish any edges or hem it…but it’s a ponte knit…so what…and the important thing is that Kezia loves it.

About this pattern: I (or rather Kezia) have had my money’s worth out of it. Pre-blogging days I used view A to make her a wedding dress. This photo was taken in 2011…how fast they grow!

Simplicity 2571: wedding dress (2011)

Simplicity 2571: wedding dress (2011)

And this is her in 2012 wearing the red riding hood cape from view B. Off to take lunch to granny’s house through the woods!

Simplicity 2571: red riding hood cape (2012)

Simplicity 2571: red riding hood cape (2012)

One pattern. Many looks. So many happy childhood memories. These are the things which make sewing worthwhile.

Have a great Sunday and week ahead!

Simplicity 2571: Anna from Frozen cape

Simplicity 2571: Anna from Frozen cape

Butterick 5868: DIY Liberty Cotton Lawn Summer Dress

Butterick 5868

Butterick 5868

Are you still with me Readers?

In the intervening time since I posted my last review this morning I have washed clothes (including two new pieces of jersey!), sorted dried laundry, cooked a prawn/ shrimp biryani, been for a walk, collected my daughter and eaten dinner and washed up. All in a (half) days work. Haha.

Here’s are the details and review of Butterick 5868 that I made for my daughter. This is one of those See & Sew patterns, and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a classic child’s dress that could be made in a variety of fabrics with some lovely little RTW details.

Butterick 5868 line drawings - I made a sleeveless version of View B

Butterick 5868 line drawings – I made a sleeveless version of View B

First thing I love about this pattern: the full skirt.

Butterick 5868

Butterick 5868

Second thing: the button up back. I normally curse these buttons everytime I have to fasten them on my daughter, but virtually all her RTW dresses have this feature and I am quite proud of how this turned out, even though, IMHO, there is a major error with the pattern and I had to figure this part of the dress out on my own (see review below).

Butterick 5868

Butterick 5868

Third thing I love: the tulle gather at the bottom of the dress. This is a (very long!) piece of tulle which is doubled lengthways, gathered and sewn (in my case serged) on to the base of the skirt lining so the edges peep out. This is possibly my most favourite part of the dress, BUT!!! my daughter is complaining that the tulle is too rough and scratchy next to her delicate (!) skin. She’s right. Blegh. I have checked her RTW dresses and the tulle used in those dresses are much, much softer. Who knew there were different grades of tulle, right? So now I am faced with either cutting the tulle off or searching for softer tulle or…..??? One of you resourceful readers may come  up with something. The gathering of the tulle was actually quite a procedure. Yuk.

Butterick 5868

Butterick 5868

The dress is fully lined with cotton:

Butterick 5868 lining

Butterick 5868 lining

Butterick 5868 lining

Butterick 5868 lining

Butterick 5868

Butterick 5868

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:

Lined dress, below mid-knee, has back button closure, tie ends, narrow hem and tulle ruffle attached to lining. A: overskirt, front ribbon trim, bow and purchased flower appliques. B: short gathered sleeves, front ribbon trim, bow and tulle ruffle extending below lower edge.

I made a sleeveless version of View B.

Pattern Sizing:

3 – 6. I cut a size 4 bodice and graded out to a size 5 for the waist/ skirt.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes…except for the instructions to complete the button placket. They just didn’t make any sense to me! Unless it was just me. I ended up looking at one of my daughter’s RTW dresses and guessing the rest. It worked out in the end. The placket matches the placket on the skirt, but it is a little off centre.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the fullness of the skirt, the button back (despite the problems with the instructions) and the tulle gather. But I didn’t realise that there are different “grades” of tulle, and my daughter is complaining that this tulle is too rough and scratchy on her skin. I have checked and the tulle used on her RTW dresses are much much softer. So I might have to cut this tulle off or replace it. Undecided yet. Nothing to dislike as such. Just watch out for the button placket and be prepared to contend with a lot of gathered tulle….

Fabric Used:

A delicious Liberty cotton lawn with full cotton lining.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

None.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I might sew it. I think that it would make a cute peplum top. Yes, inspite of the button business I would recommend.

Conclusion:

A beautiful dress for a little lady with lots of nice touches.

Butterick 5868

Butterick 5868

Until soon and have a great week.

 

 

 

 

 

Mother Daughter Dresses: DIY Liberty Lawn Summer Dresses

Mother Daughter Mothers Day Dresses made using Liberty Lawn fabric

Mother Daughter Mothers Day Dresses made using Liberty Lawn fabric

Hello Readers,

It is Mothering Sunday here in the UK. So if you are celebrating Mothers Day where you are, hope you have had/ are having or will have a wonderful day. Doctors told us that the chances of us having a child of our own were very slim, that IVF would not help us, and that we should consider adoption. So we consider ourselves to very blessed to have Kezia in our lives, conceived naturally, our very own miracle.

Butterick 5868

Butterick 5868

For the longest time Kezia has wanted to have a dress that matches mummy. I have been reluctant. But I decided that I would indulge her for Mothers Day. Let me tell you first about the fabric. About 20 minutes drive from my home there is a fabric printing company dating from 1835, called Stead McAlpin. You can read all about them here. Until very recently, Stead McAlpin have been responsible for printing fabrics for Liberty’s of London. When I heard that the printing for Liberty’s was being moved overseas I headed to Stead McAlpin to grab some of this famous cotton lawn before it all disappeared.

Butterick 4657

Butterick 4657

This is the first time I have sewn with this luscious light, silky fabric and it won’t be the last. My dress consists of overlays of the Liberty lawn, gathered and sewn on to interfaced underlining, and is also fully lined. Yet despite all these layers it is so soft, light and comfortable. This particular print, by the way, I believe is called Pela’s Roses.

Butterick 4657 close up of gathered bodice and midriff scetion

Butterick 4657 close up of gathered bodice and midriff section

I am going to be posting full details of both dresses later this week with full reviews and lots more pictures. I have to mention the weather at this point. It was freezing when we took these pictures earlier today. I mean, just the coldest biting wind. Totally not suitable for taking pictures of pretty summer dresses with bare legs. So lots of pictures of me looking…..windswept. I will leave you with a few more windswept pictures:

Just checking nothing's fallen off....it's that cold!

Just checking nothing’s fallen off….it’s that cold!

Butterick 4657 worn with Vogue

Butterick 4657 worn with Vogue 8884

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Check back later this week for full details. Have a great Mother’s Day and week ahead.

Vogue 1359: DIY twist front jersey dress and DIY nativity costume

Vogue 1359 twist front jersey dress

Vogue 1359 twist front jersey dress

Vogue 1359 is a designer pattern by Julia Alarcon. It is given an “average” sewing rating by Vogue. My version, in some kind of mystery slinky jersey, is definitely more of an “easy” rating. This is a pattern which sews up fast, but gives a fabulous RTW look with its twist knot detail in the front.

Vogue 1359 twist front jersey dress

Vogue 1359 twist front jersey dress

The weather is just terrible here at the moment: grey, wet, overcast and downright miserable. Apologies for the quality of the photos, but some were taken with flash and some without. I included a couple of not so sharp ones because I think  you can see the knot detail a bit better in them.

Vogue 1359 twist front jersey dress

Vogue 1359 twist front jersey dress

So, essentially, I simplified this pattern down by not making, and subsequently encasing the edges with, bias binding. I used my serger instead. I also omitted the side zip and back neck slit, making this a pull on dress. Here’s a close up of my favourite feature of the dress, the twisty knotty thingy….

Vogue 1359 twist front jersey dress

Vogue 1359 twist front jersey dress

The only major flaw with this pattern IMO is that Vogue have failed to provide neck-waist measurements. For a dress like this I think it is crucial that the waistline (and knot) hit you at the right spot, otherwise the whole look of the dress is off balance. In the end I just had to go with flat pattern measurements and my usual measurements to adjust the length of the  bodice and lining pieces; for a first attempt it worked out ok. The only other thing I am not happy with is that I omitted the facings, and this may have been a mistake as, despite understitching, my lightweight lining is trying to creep up. I think I will go back and try and secure the lining a bit better.

Vogue 1359 twist front jersey dress

Vogue 1359 twist front jersey dress

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:

Lined dress has shoulder pleats, semi-fitted bodice, fitted skirt, looped front forms drape effect, slightly shaped front hemline, invisible side zipper, back neck slit with hook & eye closing. Hemlines and seams are finished with continuous bias binding.

Pattern Sizing:

6 – 22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes, although my version is made from somekind of mystery slinky jersey.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes, they were, including forming the twisty knot. Just take your time and follow exactly what they tell you to do….

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

Well, I love the knot detail. I think it really makes the dress look so RTW. There is nothing I dislike as such.

Fabric Used:

Somekind of mystery slinky jersey.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

The only major flaw with this pattern IMO is that Vogue have failed to provide neck-waist measurements. For a dress like this I think it is crucial that the waistline (and knot) hit you at the right spot, otherwise the whole look of the dress is off balance. In the end I just had to go with flat pattern measurements and my usual measurements to adjust the length of the  bodice and lining pieces; for a first attempt it worked out ok.

Specifically, I shorted the back and front bodice pieces by 2 inches, and shortened the back lining piece by 0.5 inch, and the front lining piece by 0.5 inch at the sides only. I also did a sway back adjustment of 1 inch.

I lengthened the skirt by 2 inches.

I shortened the sleeves by 3 inches.

If I was making this dress again in jersey I would probably go down a size in the bodice as I did have to remove around 1  inch from either side when sewing up the side seams (I inserted the sleeves in flat). Some of you may prefer to size down on the skirt too, but I went with my normal size and am happy enough with it.

I omitted making the bias binding and encasing the edges with it. Instead I used my serger.

I omitted the side zip and back neck slit. My version just pulls on.

I stabilised the shoulders with clear elastic.

I omitted the facings at the neck, but this may have been a mistake, as despite understitching, my light weight lining is creeping up slightly. I think I will have to go back and rectify this.

The instructions tell you to turn in the seam allowances on the armhole edges of the lining and slipstitch the turned in edges of the lining over the armhole seams. I have not done this, and have left the armhole edges of the lining free as when I tried to catch them to the armhole seams they were pulling the dress in a funny way. If I made this dress again I think I would perhaps sew the armhole edges of the lining and dress together during construction.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes, I might. Yes, I definitely would.

Conclusion:

Don’t be put off by the “average” rating on this one. This is a quick and easy dress to make, with a great RTW look to it, and is a great pattern to have in your stash.

Vogue 1359 twist front jersey dress

Vogue 1359 twist front jersey dress

In Other News….

  • I am very excited to be taking part in Ornament Exchange 2013, and am hopefully going to finish up my ornaments to send off this week. Blog post to follow on what I am making and what get in the post!
  • A huge thank you to Handmade Jane and Sew Scrumptious Fabrics for sending me a lovely parcel earlier this week…I won the giveaway on Jane’s blog for a FQ bundle and one metre of beautiful cotton. Yeah!!
  • To finish, Kezia is going to be Mary in her school Nativity play this week. Of course I am going to be one proud Mummy, especially seeing her wear the Mary outfit I made for her. I drafted the under shift with cut on sleeves and the sleeveless overdress myself and the head dress is a rectangle of fabric sewn on to a head band. I leave you with some pictures….it’s getting christmassy around here…..
DIY nativity outfit

DIY nativity outfit

DIY nativity outfit

DIY nativity outfit

DIY nativity outfit

DIY nativity outfit

Until next time…..

 

 

 

Kitschy Coo Skater Dress: DIY cerise pink lace skater dress

Kitschy Coo Skater Dress in lace

Kitschy Coo Skater Dress in lace

Back in August we went to Euro Disney and my 4, (5 in January), year old daughter picked out this cerise pink stretch lace for herself when we went fabric shopping in Paris. The lace needed underlining so I bought some cerise pink viscose/ cotton jersey and downloaded the Kitschy Coo Skater Dress pattern. I have previously made the adult size version of this dress for myself, and the little girls version is even more of a pleasure to sew as it tapes together so easily.

Kitschy Coo Skater Dress in lace

Kitschy Coo Skater Dress in lace

As mentioned, I underlined the lace with a lightweight jersey. Even though I basted the jersey to the lace, I obviously didn’t think about the edges of the cut fabric curling slightly, and discovered that I had to be careful when sewing pieces together, that edges were not left unsewn.

Kitschy Coo Skater Dress in lace

Kitschy Coo Skater Dress in lace

It all goes together so painlessly (unless you accidentally burn a hole in the bodice – I managed to salvage it!!) and my little girl is absolutely thrilled with it. Pink is her favourite colour, in case you were wondering 🙂

I didn’t follow the exact sewing order prescribed as I inserted the sleeves flat, sewed up the side seams of the bodice, sewed the side seams of the outer lace skirt and inner lace lining (treating the lace outer separate to the inner lining), and sewed the lining and outer lace skirts to the bodice so that the lining of the skirt hangs free. BTW, looking at the photos the waist seam looks a little bumpy. I think it needs a good press.

Kitschy Coo Skater Dress in lace

Kitschy Coo Skater Dress in lace

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

This funky yet functional knit dress has a fitted bodice, high neckline and a curved flared skirt. With a generous cut, the dress is designed to be worn for up to two years per size, here the skirt hits at the knee in the first year and just above the knee in year two. There are options for a sleeveless, short sleeve and long sleeve version, with bodice pieces drafted specifically for either sleeved for sleeveless . It’s a perfect garment if you are new to sewing knits and very quick to sew up.

Pattern Sizing:

18m – 8y. I made a size 3T

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

It tapes together so easily and is really an invaluable pattern to have in your stash. You can make it time and time again in so many different fabrics and it’s just so comfortable and easy to wear. No dislikes really.

Fabric Used:

Stretch lace underlined with a viscose/ cotton jersey.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

None really, other than I didn’t follow the exact sewing order prescribed as I inserted the sleeves flat, sewed up the side seams of the bodice, sewed the side seams of the outer lace skirt and inner lace lining (treating the lace outer separate to the inner lining), and sewed the lining and outer lace skirts to the bodice so that the lining of the skirt hangs free.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes and yes.

Conclusion:

My daughter loves it and that’s what counts.

Until next time….

Kitschy Coo Skater Dress in lace

Kitschy Coo Skater Dress in lace

 

Simplicity 1787: DIY little girls corduroy dress

Simplicity 1787 little girl's corduroy dress

Simplicity 1787 little girl’s corduroy dress

I am thinking ahead to autumnal sewing now, as are many of you, I know. What could be more autumnal than cord? IRL this cord is a deep, dark wine colour, that just hasn’t photographed that way. Anyway, it’s made using Simplicity 1787.

I love the overall shape of the dress, with it’s curved front seams and those lovely front pockets. Also love the slightly A-line shape and the full sleeves with the pleats at the wrist opening.

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Simplicity 1787 little girl’s corduroy dress

The pattern includes a block to cut continuous binding to make the flat piping. Here’s a close up of the spotty quilting cotton that I used to make the flat piping:

Simplicity 1787 close up of flat piping

Simplicity 1787 close up of flat piping

An inside shot. I finished the raw edges using my serger. I used some of the spotty quilting cotton to make the neck facing – I think the corduroy may have made everything too bulky.

Simplicity 1787 interior shot.

Simplicity 1787 interior shot.

Here’s some back views. I am quite pleased with the lapped zipper I put in.

Simplicity 1787 lapped zip

Simplicity 1787 lapped zip

Simplicity 1787 back view

Simplicity 1787 back view

Kezia seems to love it anyway, which I am happy about.

Simplicity 1787 little girl's corduroy dress

Simplicity 1787 little girl’s corduroy dress

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:

Girls’ & Girls’ Plus Dresses Project Runway Collection.

Girls’ & girls’ plus jumper or dress with rosette trim options and sleeve variations and vest.
Pattern Sizing:

8 – 16.5 – I cut the size 8 and made some adjustments.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the overall shape of the dress, with it’s curved front seams and those lovely front pockets. Also love the slightly A-line shape and the full sleeves with the pleats at the wrist opening.

The pattern includes a block to cut continuous binding to make the flat piping which is a nice idea. You could customise this dress in so many ways.

Not a dislike as such, but I felt the piping was not visible enough when inserted with the raw edges of the piping matching the raw edges of the fabric piece. I ended up moving the piping out so it was 1/4 inch away from the raw edge of the fabric piece, so it was more visible. This could have just been due to me using bulky corduroy fabric.

One other thing to note is that it is quite hard to do the sleeve hem on a sewing machine (at least I thought it was) due to the tiny wrist opening diameter. But, I managed it, so it is not impossible.

Fabric Used:

Corduroy for the dress with a spotted quilting cotton for the piping and interior neck facing.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Flat pattern alterations:

1. Shortened the sleeves by 4 inches.

2. Moved the waist up by 1.5 inches.

3. Took 2 inches off the length.

Fitting adjustments:

Ended up removing 0.5 inch from either side of the centre back seam before inserting the lapped zip.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Maybe? and yes.

Conclusion:

If you are looking for something different to the usual flouncy little girls style that can be customised in so many ways then check this pattern out.

Simplicity 1787: you work it girl!

Simplicity 1787: you work it girl!

New Look 6205: kids floral cotton summer dress

New Look 6205

New Look 6205

New Look 6205: this is the dress I was going to make Kezia for Easter but then we ended up not going to church on Easter Sunday anyway, and I got waylaid on other things.

The fabric is supposed to be ex-Boden stock, and is a beautiful dress weight cotton. I love the bright colours, and so does Kezia:

New Look 6205 - the ballet poses

New Look 6205 – the ballet poses

There is not so much I want to say about this dress except that I LOVE this pattern. I love the raised waistline seam bodice with its cap raglan sleeves, I love the pleated skirt and I love the way the inside of the bodice is finished so there are no exposed edges (I did fully line the dress; the pattern states to just line the bodice).

 

New Look 6205 - hanger shot

New Look 6205 – hanger shot

New Look 6205

New Look 6205 – front lining shot

New Look 6205 - back lining shot

New Look 6205 – back lining shot

The thing that I am probably the most proud of is the lapped zipper that I installed (my first one):

New Look 6205 lapped zipper

New Look 6205 lapped zipper

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

Child’s dress with full skirt pleated to bodice at raised waistline seam has back zipper, round neckline, short or cap raglan sleeves and assorted trim options. Perfect for party or play time. I made view D.

Pattern Sizing:

3 – 8

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes. I added some lace trim around the neckline and the hem.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes, very, except for I was confused initially with how they explain how to sew the lining to the bodice to get a clean finish. I ended up unpicking it and tried it again and this time it worked beautifully.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the raised waistline seam bodice with its cap raglan sleeves, I love the pleated skirt and I love the way the inside of the bodice is finished so there are no exposed edges. There is nothing I particularly dislike about this pattern.

Fabric Used:

Ex-Boden cotton with cotton lawn lining.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

None, except that I added a lace trim around the neckline and hem.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Not sure if I will sew it again, but love this pattern, and highly recommend.

Conclusion:

My daughter loves twirling in her new dress. One happy bunny!

New Look 6205

New Look 6205

New Look 6205 - the ballet poses continued!

New Look 6205 – the ballet poses continued!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simplicity 2828 child’s dress – pattern review

Simplicity 2828

Finished the dress I started making for Kezia a few weeks back from some of the fabric I brought back from India.

This is a dark purple cotton which has pretty green/ reddish/ gold coloured spots woven in to the fabric. It is lovely fabric which cost me around £1 to buy, and I probably have enough to make another child’s dress. I lined it with a very fine purple cotton I had lying around in my stash. So it cost virtually nothing to make this dress (you got to love that!)

Simplicity 2828 line drawings

Pattern review

Pattern Description:

This is a Project Runway Pattern for a child’s dress, jumper, jacket or vest and hat.

I made the dress with the sweetheart neckline.

Pattern Sizing:

Size A, 3 – 8

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes I think so.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes. Fairly. But I did deviate slightly from the pattern (see below).

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

This is a really nice, simple style. A simple bodice with an A-line skirt with pleats. But you can vary the pattern in so many ways. I would like to  make the jacket and hat sometime…if I ever get round to it!

Fabric Used:

A cotton with woven spots in the design that I bought for virtually nothing in India. I used a very fine cotton to fully line the dress that I had lying around in my stash.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I fully lined the dress. I understitched the lining part of the bodice. I mainly used french seams throughout, and a hong kong finish at the zipper opening. I also put tucks in to the front of the bodice, just for a little bit of variety.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I probably won’t make this dress again, but would recommend it to others.

Conclusion:

Simple dress, great style.

Simplicity 2828

Simplicity 2828 – close up of tucks

Simplicity 2828 – I don’t know where she learned to pose for photos from….

Simplicity 2828

Simplicity 2828 – rear view

New Look 6115: bubble hem floral print dress for a 3 year old teenager.

Can a three year old little girl have too many dresses? The answer to this question, in my opinion, is yes. And it was this precise argument which led to this dress being sewn. Meet Kezia my three year old daughter who has a wardrobe to rival that of Suri Cruise. Kezia, feeling left out that mommy was making clothes for…mommy….,wanted me to make her something, and so I pulled this New Look 6115 pattern out of the drawer, which I had purchased some months ago.

This is a lovely dress pattern, which is actually quite easy to make. I chose to sew view A which has a bubble hem and ruffle detail at the front. However, we don’t have any more weddings or big occassions coming up this year, and I wanted to make something inexpensive so chose a ditsy floral print and pink/ white candy striped poly-cotton from my local market, lined with a plain pink poly-cotton.

What I dislike is the number of pieces I had to cut for this “casual” dress. There are more than 20 individual pieces to cut and sew together, including interfacing, bodice facings and skirt linings. I think this dress would look lovely sewn in an ivory silk as a toddlers bridesmaids outfit, say with the ruffle picked out in a colour to match the big bridesmaids, and I am not saying I would never make it again. And I did use mock french seams to finish inside, and a Hong Kong finish along the zipper opening. So maybe, with the effort invested,  this “inexpensive” dress has now been elevated to something more than a casual dress. Either way, Kezia seems to like it. And I guess that is what matters. For now.

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