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
Size:  6
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…


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