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