Two pink perils

I’ve quite often been asked if I ever make clothes for my girls, at which point I smile, blush and say, ‘errr, not yet, no’. But because my 4 year old has started to take more of an interest in what I’m making (which is just FAB by the way- ‘Mummy, can I learn how to use the sewing machine?’ ‘Mummy, can I do sewing when I’m bigger’ etc- so proud!) I decided to make them a summer dress each.

They chose the fabric a couple of weeks ago at Fent’s (its pink, unsurprisingly) and I got all the other bits at Abakahn’s (including a rather blonde moment, when I got home and realised I’d bought two 16inch concealed zips and not two 16cm ones- there’s quite a big difference, apparently….)

Anyhoo, I enjoyed working with the checked seersucker fabric although I struggled a bit with the invisible zips. I used a grosgrain ribbon between the bodice and the skirt which hides the fact that despite my best attempts, the check lines didn’t quite match up,

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and used broderie anglais round the hem and ribbon for straps.

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The pattern was easy to follow (it was from the free sewing guide the Daily Hate produced after the Great British Sewing Bee was on TV earlier in the year)- online version here.

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I’d use the pattern again- but perhaps with it not being quite so girly next time.

As only the third and fourth items of clothing I’ve made, I don’t think they’re too bad but the best bit has been seeing the girls running round in them dripping ice cream down the front 🙂

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