Our big girl is seven today. How did that happen?
A two wheeled scooter with an adjustable handle was on Miss A’s birthday wish list and my Dad came through with the goods.
Miss A recently asked me if I could make her the Hawaii Flowers Dress from Ottobre Design 3/2012.
Although this dress wouldn’t have been on my list of ‘must makes’, I decided to go along with the request and sew it up for her birthday. I bravely asked Miss A to select some fabric from my precious Liberty stash. I say bravely as I hoped that she’d choose a piece of tana lawn purchased with a little girls dress in mind and not one that I had selfish plans for! Her choice was perfect.
The dress has lots of shirring and rolled hems and came together surprisingly quickly. I believe that shirring is one of those things that had a huge impact with very little effort… just my type of thing!
The only minor change I made was during construction. The top of the skirt looked huge compared to the bottom of the stretched out bodice (it had been shirred at this stage) so I added a single row of gathering to the skirt where it was to join the bodice. A simple but effective solution.
The purple Go To Leggings were a last minute make. With only one pattern piece they are super quick to print, stick together, trace, cut out and sew up. I skimmed the instructions and then pretty much did my own thing. Although, as suggested, I did hem the leggings before sewing up the side seams. This was a so much less fiddlier than my usual hemming, which I do as the final step, and something I will definitely do again.
Both my girls hate ‘harry high pants’ and prefer to wear their leggings at a more hipster location. Mid construction I reduced the rise by 1 inch by double folding the waistband when enclosing the elastic. This alternation made the waistband slightly chunky (because of the extra layer of fabric) but they are still very wearable. I will fold out an inch from the rise for next time.
Pattern: Hawaii Flower Dress (No. 28) from Ottobre Design 3/2012
Fabric: Liberty Tana Lawn purchased from Duckcloth during their closing down sale
Alterations: I added a single row of gathering to the skirt where it joined the bodice
Pattern: Go To Leggings
Fabric: A very soft knit purchased as a remnant from The Fabric Store.
Alterations: I reduced the rise by 1 inch (from mid rise to a hispter). The leggings length is approximately halfway between bike shorts and 3/4 cropped lengths and was determined by available fabric.
Until next time…