Thursday, 30 May 2013
I found this unfinished dress that I started to make for Bea last summer. It was mostly sewn up - it just needed a button and some details. I'm thinking it was probably the arrival of little sis that put this project on the back burner!
Luckily it still fits (just a bit shorter than intended!) so I decided to finnish it off. It definitely needed colour so I added some little pockets made from vintage fabric. When I showed it to Bea she insisted it was lacking in the rainbow department so after a brief head scratch I added a quick running stitch rainbow to one side. Its slightly crazy but I like it!
Friday, 17 May 2013
I've finally made my first Geranium dress! I've seen so many beautiful versions of it floating around the web and when I came across this linen look cotton fabric it came to mind as the perfect pattern for the colour block dress I had in mind.
I made the age 5 with fingers crossed (the pattern only goes up to age 5 so I was praying it would be big enough) but luckily it fits really well, with even a little room for growth.
I wanted to line the flutter sleeves in the same fabric as the bodice lining as I thought it would look cute peeping out so I rejigged the sleeve pattern piece a bit to allow for the extra seam. I love how it turned out.
The fabric is really soft and drapes nicely. I went for the gathered skirt option.
Bea objects a bit to my button choice, but at least she can't see them once its on!
And Miss Fussy is happy with it thank goodness! I will definitely be making more geraniums for both girls. I can see why the pattern is so popular!
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Thursday, 2 May 2013
I've been cheating on the blog a bit lately with instagram (@juliastaite) but here is a look at some summer dresses I made for the girls recently. The pattern is the madeline dress by sew sweet patterns on etsy. Its a lovely classic dress with a great collar - very cute!
The pattern was simple and came with clear instructions. Its quite a quick dress to whip up apart from the dreaded buttonholes (my worst part of sewing!)
I did however have major sizing issues - Bea is pretty tall so I cut out the age 5 for her (shes three and a half) but after partially sewing the dress together it was very clear it was way too small. So as not to waste the fabric I cut it down to fit Nell. Shes 9 months old so I cut out age 2 after the first came out so small and as you can see below its fits - but probably won't for long!
I made Bea a bigger one (age 7!) and it fits well for length but still comes up a bit snug in the width. Its a shame as its such a sweet little dress. Maybe it was just me but I would recommend going up at least two sizes if you're making your own.