Tuesday, 13 December 2011

A Dress for Christmas

I have mentioned a few times that Mr Tartankiwi has developed a great faith in my sewing ability, but its only fair to say that he's not the only one encouraging me.

Laura, Miriam and Nin all keep telling me that sewing clothes is easier than I think and that I should give it a go, so this morning I sat down with a piece of fabric (that I bought about 2 years ago with the intention of making a dress for Rascal), my laptop with this tutorial open and my sewing supplies on hand.

It was not completely plain sailing. My first attempt at a bodice was too small (I need to remember that even if the width measurements for the 1 year old child that the tutorial was written for and my 3 year old are the same, the height measurements certainly are not!- duh!)

Fortunately I had plenty of fabric.

With a second bodice made, I was sailing along pretty well and I must've got a bit cocky as I forgot to check how it all looked once I had attached the skirt. I confidently zigzagged the edges to neatly finish them only to discover - yes- you guessed it, the bodice was inside out... time to unpick... lots...

Mistake corrected, I reckon that it doesn't look bad for a first attempt at dressmaking.

I am very proud of the button holes (even though one is slightly bigger than the other!) I was amazed by how easy they are to make with the correct foot on the machine!

I would hate to leave you with the impression that this dress is perfect. The skirt gathering is a bit uneven- next time I'll have to try Nin's gathering method! It is a definite squeeze for Rascal to get it on over her head, but once on, the fit is not bad.

All in all, not bad for a first effort me thinks! Nice festive colours for Christmas Day- I've just got to decide if I am brave enough to let her wear it to her preschool Christmas party/ concert tomorrow!

Sorry for the lack of pictures of Rascal wearing the dress. She was in bed when it was finally finished and I just KNOW that I am going to forget to take photos tomorrow morning!

Challenge #12 (make a toddler dress)- COMPLETE


  1. well done! it looks fab and a perfect festive dress. Bet you were hating that unpicking. I had to do some today sewing up Jack's stocking, I just don't have time for unpicking and resewing at the moment (what mum does!) You will be hooked now, I made a shirred skirt for me the other day- it is pretty rough but not from the outside and I've worn it heaps!

  2. A great Christmas outfit!!! Thanks goodness sewing machines come with an unpicker...LOL!!!

  3. Awesome! It looks lovely! I'm still figuring out how to sew for kiddies too - lots of mistakes, but it's such a great feeling seeing them in something you've made...

  4. Ha! Told you. You have every right to be proud of yourself, and I would be lying if I didn't admit to getting the odd bodice on inside out!

    Plus all the try on sessions create great memories for our kids. I was struck the other day with my girl twirling for me...just like I did with Mum :)

  5. It looks great :) Love the fabric - in fact I wouldn't mind a dress in that fabric myself!

  6. Yay! Well done! It's awesome for your first attempt, you are indeed a natural sewer :)and all the unpicking was worth it for the satisfaction you would have gained for completing it :) Nothing stopping you now for maybe another in the future? well atleast after the christmas rush is over :)

  7. Whoop! SO proud of you. i can't believe that you did that with an online tutorial and no paper pattern. I am in awe of you. WELL DONE! Bet Rascal looks adorable in it.

  8. I wish I can sew like you, you did a great job!

  9. That is absolutely fantastic Juliet! It looks so complicated, I'm just shaking my head in awe!
    Dress for mum next?

  10. It does look impressive, even the shaping is perfect. Bet this yrs area going to be even better


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