Let me just take a moment before I start rambling to give a shout to the lovely people who have been emailing me and letting me know they miss my (sporadic) posts. I honestly didn’t think there were any readers who’d miss me, but I was wrong. Thanks for checking in and I’ll try to make time in my hectic schedule to post more frequently. You’re all too sweet to abandon!
My sister (one of the many) recently got married on the beach, far from family and friends in a quiet little ceremony. The pictures are gorgeous and she and my brand new brother-in-law are totally adorable together. Since they married out of town, they’re throwing a reception in about a week and a half, so we’re going to be traveling up there and taking a bit of a laid-back vacation while we’re at it.
Of course, wedding or not, everyone needed spiffy new clothes for the reception, so I’ve been dragged all over creation looking for just the right outfits for kids. Punky, well, she wanted a dress made from a pattern she’s been nagging me about for a while now. I really haven’t had the time to make one for her because I’ve been pulling some CRAZY hours editing loads of books this year.
Since it’s a necessity, though, I had to sit down and sew one up for her. Such a hardship for a person who loves sewing. She tromped along to Joann’s and picked out a couple of twill fabrics for her dress. I chose twill because I don’t want Little Miss Rough-and-Tumble tearing holes in the dress the first five minutes she has it on, but she picked her prints. NOT what I would have chosen, but they’re cute together. She has a pretty good eye.
The pattern by Create Kids Couture is available free on Fabric.com, but I didn’t think she’d get more than a couple of times wearing the dress before she outgrew it, so I did have to grade the pattern up a bit since it only goes to size 6. Grading was a snap and if you want instructions on how to do it, just ask. With the basic idea down, you could grade it up for any size pre-boobage girl, I’m sure. You’d have to make additional adjustments if you need to fit for busty girls since it’s a slim-fit. Also, you can make either a dress or a top with the same pattern–especially nice since I have a bunch of leftover material.
The pattern went together like a dream. It’s super easy…even someone who has never sewn before could manage it, so if you need a little girl dress, give it a shot. In fact, I let Dewey (11), who has never done any sewing with me before, put quite a few of the seams together and he managed just fine. I’m fairly sure Kearsey (10) could have managed the entire dress on her own, so it really is beginner friendly. The hem and neck/arm elastic casings took far longer to iron and pin than anything else in the project. If you just want a play dress, you could probably serge the hem arm casings and leave them unturned (just sew your arm elastic directly onto the sleeve), saving yourself a lot of time . Punky loves the dress so much, I may make her a couple of play dresses like that, so I’ll update if I do and let you know how the un-turned edges and elastic changes look.
P.S. Excuse the crappy photo. I had to bribe her just to get a smile. She was NOT having the whole photo shoot thing and refused to budge from that spot. *sigh*