Sewing update



Dear blogging friends,

I have finally finished my very first little girls dress. No, I have never made one before and for that reason I decided to set myself the challenge and make one.  I perhaps could have selected an easier pattern, but life isn't mean't to be easy!! and nor are my challenges.

It isn't perfect (far from it) and I have lots to improve but I am quite pleased with the end result nevertheless.  It might have been better if the machine I started making this dress on didn't play up so badly. But with my new baby it did make sewing so much less stressful.

Each time I sew something I like to learn something new, this time it was all about add lace to the hemline and creating a neat finish.  I found a very useful tutorial that I followed and now I feel quite confident in doing this again, perhaps on one of my outfits, just need to find some gorgeous vintage lace.


Simplicity pattern: 2377
I also need to learn to sew straight!!

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The next project will be a summer skirt for me in this lovely Japanese Lawn - if you are unfamiliar with lawn, it is a very soft (lightweight) cotton, very smooth to touch and has a high thread count. And here is some trivial - the word "lawn" comes from the French "Laon", a city in France, which produced large quantities of linen lawn.  It is a pricy fabric, however I picked some up in January this year when it was on sale. I plan to buy more when the next sale comes around!


Simplicity pattern: 3881
Planning to make A, not making the belt though.

Comments

  1. That little girl's dress looks great! Excellent job! I would never have tried such a project, so I am proud of you for taking on the challenge =))
    love,
    Bets

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    1. I will put it in the post tomorrow . All you will need to do is check the elastic, stitch together and close up the gap. Do hope she likes it:))

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  2. That way of doing the lace is so much better than I have done with that kind of lace - never thought to look online for ideas for ways to finish it before! Tucking it under is brilliant. :)
    The dress is very beautiful!! Good on you for tackling something you knew would be challenging! :)
    The skirt fabric and pattern looks great - will look forward to seeing how it turns out!

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    1. I tested the method first to see if it worked and it did and I was really pleased at the neat back of the hem but how crisp the lace sat at the bottom of the dress. I google everything these days, its a great way of learning!!

      The next thing to tackle is putting in a really good zip as my zip are usually very ordinary!!

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  3. Great job again Jo. The little girls dress is delightful. Will you be running some of these up to sell?

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    1. No, this little dress is for my cousin's little girl. I am happy to make them for her as she won't mind me learning on her and in the process she gets some little dresses!!! Hopefully by the time I have mastered children's clothes I will have some grandchildren to sew for!!!

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  4. Beautiful job :-)
    I love sewing children's clothes - so much quicker and easier than adults!!!!!
    I have that skirt pattern!

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    1. Have you made that skirt yet?

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    2. Yes I have made the pattern!! I used design C.
      My mother LOVES the pattern - for me it just doesn't suit my body type.
      I never bothered to adjust it though. It was a little too low for me, I mean the layered part - I would of liked it better to sit just above the knee instead of on the knee - could just be that I'm a total shortie!!!!
      You've inspired me now to try again!

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    3. That is really good to know, I alter my patterns to the way I like them so I will take that info into account when i cut out the pattern. Just noticed that A and C are the same pattern - so I will show you the finished item.

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  5. Hello, Just loved the little quote on top of your blog post! I tried to comment yesterday but our internet was not working very well. I am going to go look at a new computer today, I think my keyboard is wearing out.
    May you have a wonderful day!
    Your little girls dress is so sweet, do you have a little one to give it to?
    Blessings, Roxy

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    1. Thankyou - the little dress is for my cousin's daughter, so I hope she likes it.

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  6. The dress is really cute! I love strawberries. :-) The lawn is beautiful.

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