Summer Dress

As this year’s challenge was to work my way through my fabric stash, obviously I went out and bought more.  To be fair, I went to buy a zip to turn the left over linen from Dom’s trousers into shorts for Maddy and this fabric looked so summery that she needed it.  I’d made some leggings, (Riviera from Sewing Clothes Kids Love) with leftover navy jersey from Dom’s t-shirt, which I thought would go well with the dress until it got warmer (fingers crossed we get a summer this year).  I am trying to use all the recenty bought fabric up so it doesn’t disappear in the chest with the stash. The dress I had in mind was 142 from Burda magazine 04/2011 and it was relatively easy to put together.IMG_1092

The first challenge was the pleats in the front of the dress, the instructions didn’t appear to make any sense until I actually had a go and realised that the second fold overlapped the first; I should have just gone ahead earlier rather than looking at it frowning!  The second challenge was the invisible zip, but again that wasn’t difficult, just the idea of it was a bit daunting.  The final challenge was the hem – how could I remember how to set a sleeve but stumble on a hem?  When I added a seam allowance I continued along the line of the pattern, which obviously made that circumference larger than the inside of the dress to which it was to be sewn.  I frowned a bit more, and contemplated, and decided to add a ribbon to the edge and then sew that to the inside – that did the trick!  Next time I will taper the seem allowance in, or I may just add ribbon again as it is quite cute.

The dress is lovely and I have met the challenges. However, I think next time I will make the smaller size and lengthen the pattern, as I did with her trousers, because it is a bit too big on her.  For the trousers I made an age 6 and added an inch to the top and a couple to the bottom.  I assumed for a dress the size wouldn’t be such a problem as it wasn’t fitted around her waist.  I made the age 7, because that is closer to her height than the age 8, but I’m not sure whether it’s because of all of the fabric in the pleats or whether the dress is too big but it’s super spacious.  I think it might benefit from a reduction in length so I may remove about 3 inches but then it might not be suitable without leggings.  It’s probably not much of problem as there are very few occasions that we can persuade her into a dress!Be a tent!


3 thoughts on “Summer Dress

  1. tinaor

    I ‘sew’ giggled when I saw your comment about planning to use up your fabric stash but having to buy more ! It’s just what I did recently. I planned not to purchase any more fabric but just spied some on a lovely website recommended by a friend and before I knew it I’d pressed ‘pay by paypal’! he he. Nice dress, and love the other posts too.

  2. cartwrightjulia Post author

    Thank you. It’s really difficult to abstain and so easy to justify purchases, in my head anyway. The problem I have had is saving it for something suitable, I intend to use it up swiftly, only time will tell if I’m successful 🙂

  3. tinaor

    I sorted my stash out at the weekend – well, I say ‘sorted’ but what I actually did was get out the fabric from all it’s hiding places, have a look at it all (oh my, how on earth did I ever forget I had so much!), then leave it all in a pile to ‘do something with’ over the next few days. One bag made so far! Many others still being thought about! And I definitely know now I should never had bought any more. I was just looking at a great creative magazine, Mollie Makes, Issue 28, my subscription just plogged though my door, lots more fabric ideas and online webshops!


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