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