Sunday, 8 May 2011

Ruby's first dress

I made Ruby a dress, which I am rather pleased with because I've never made a dress before and didn't have a pattern.  Inspired by a few blogs I've seen lately about making clothes for kids by tracing the shape of something that fits them (such as the sew-alongs on Craftiness is not Optional), I decided to give it a go.

Before I get into the details of how I did it, here is the finished article (modelled by Ruby, of course).  It is a lightweight denim on the outside, with a black and white spotty stripe cotton lining, fastened on the shoulder with dome fasteners. 

I took a dress that is similar to what I wanted to get the shape, added some extra for seam allowance, and a bit more so she'll fit it for longer.  I cut out two versions, the front neckline dips lower than the back, and the shoulder strap is longer on the back so that it overlaps the front. 

I had high hopes of making it reversible but as I was making it up as I went I got to a point where I realised it wouldn't be reversible unless I did a bit of unpicking and I couldn't be bothered. 

Couldn't resist adding a few lazy daisies ...

 If anyone wants a step by step tutorial of this let me know and I'll post one, along with the pattern I made.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely! love the embroidery-such a nice touch. I'm so glad you've been inspired to make your own patterns-isn't it so fun?!



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