Book: Sweet Girl Clothes
Size: 120 cm
Fabric: Cotton calico and white cotton pique for the yoke
This dress was a gift for my daughter's 6th birthday. Just this summer we moved to a farm so I've been a bit busy for sewing, but she had to have a dress dress for her birthday and I had to try out this new book.
I don't have my sewing room set up yet so most of it was done on the living room floor with young children crawling and running around and a on top of the workings. This does not make for very accurate sewing or tracing. It turns out I made a large error in tracing the wrong neckline for the dress, I traced style S not D. I did correct the mistake but it did cost me some time. Speaking of time, I thought this dress would be a quick sew-up but I was wrong. I had it cut out the night before and was hoping to sew it up in just two hours in the morning, it actually took me about 4 1/2 hours and kind of wish I spent more time playing with my daughter on her birthday than sewing. But she was happy with the product and wore it two days in a row.
I had originally planned to use a brown and white cotton pin stripe but the barely 6 year old girl objected. I've learned to sew to their liking otherwise I waste both time and resources, she picked out the yellow calico from my stash and we both were pleased with the result.
This dress is two pieces, a straight line dress with yoke and skirt apron on top. We used fabric covered buttons for the yoke. I can't say it was a joy to sew up with limited time, but it was a joy to see her celebrating in the finished product. I'm sure this dress will see many days of wear!