Saturday, 21 March 2015

Selfless sewing #1

It's Saturday, hurrah! Nothing to do, so it's going to be a lazy day with some sewing done (if I can distract my three little mess-makers). First, though, I want to show you all a fabulous make; I am in love with this dress.

 
 

I had agreed to make a dress for a friend's lovely daughter ages ago, but put it off with excuse after excuse. Finally the guilt got to me: the little girl is so nice, I had to get started. I thought if I were going to do this, I wanted to enjoy it; so, I treated myself to a 'new to me' vintage pattern from ebay.


I love vintage patterns, the instructions are so clear and easy to follow. I even finally understood how to ease the fullness of the hem which had seemed like gibberish to me when I'd read about it before.


I am so happy with this make; if only it were in my size, I'd definitely wear it! The fabric is good old curtain remnants from the 70's so era appropriate for the pattern. (You may be wondering where you recognise it from - I previously made a pinafore with it for my baby girl here.)

I wanted to add a bit of colour so I added some applique flowers. I cut out three, but decided in the end that two was enough.


The flowers are attached with Bonda-web and then freehand machine embroidered on top. I have to say I love it!

It has a lapped zipper at the back, and completing it has helped stop me being so terrified of zips (still have not tried an invisible one yet, though).

 
The bodice also has a gentle curve to it, which gives a lovely shape. It is lined with a faux silk and has the cutest little cap sleeves.  
 

I enjoyed this make immensely, though it was very time-consuming. The only tough bit was giving it away!!!  Turns out I am a selfish selfless sewer. Hope she likes wearing it; I think she will...

14 comments:

  1. What a lucky girl, the dress is gorgeous!

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  2. Pretty dress! And it looks like its recipient is very pleased with it!

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    1. The test will be if I see her how and about in it.

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  4. aw what a lovely dress & she looks really pleased with it! I'm glad to hear vintage patterns are clear & easy to understand - I've never used one before but am planning to take part in Vintage Pattern Pledge.

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    1. This one definitely had good instructions. Good luck with your vintage makes.

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  5. This is such a lovely dress!
    Ive been trawling ebay for vintage patterns but I've had little luck so far!

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    1. Thank you. Worth keeping your eyes peeled in charity shops too.

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  6. What a beautiful dress! I love the applique flowers! I picked up a vintage girls dress pattern at a charity shop a couple of weeks ago - I might have to dig it out now that I have seen yours!

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    1. Yes, give it a go. Are you doing the vintage pledge?

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  7. Very cute! I really like that vintage pattern and the appliqué was a nice touch. And for what it's worth, I find invisible zippers much easier than lapped ones.

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  8. You did a lovely job! So nice of you to do some selfless sewing!

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