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Friday, 11 April 2014

Sew Chic Kids Dress for KCW


I finally made something from the Sew Chic Kids book! I haven't had the motivation to do it before and just kept going back to look at the beautiful photographs but I decided KCW was the push I needed.

This is pattern a, Dress with Frilled Shoulders. The fabric was bought locally and even though I grumbled about the colour, I can't deny the drape and sheen of the cloth is gorgeous. I have no idea what the content is, there was no information on the bolt. But it was on the discount rack, so it hopped into my basket!


I worried about the frills being too 'frilly' and standing to attention, but now I love them. They add something to the very simple design of the dress that makes it a bit special. I debated whether to play around with trims or piping but kept it plain in the end. I can always make another version now that I have it all traced off. Sweet and simple sometimes works.


I had to use very small buttons because the loops are tiny. This may be my interpretation of the diagrams and measurements, but they weren't long enough. I have made a mental note to adjust that next time.


The back placket binding sewed up beautifully. It was the one area I thought I was going to make a mess, but thankfully it all turned out well in the end.


While I did topstitch around the neckline, I hand stitched the yoke facings to create a cleaner line on the right side of the dress. My hand stitching is not the neatest but I quite like doing it and practice makes perfect!


She gives a little shiver every time I slip this dress over her head because the fabric is very slithery and slippy. It makes her giggle because she is only used to cottons.


I took my time over the construction of this dress and on day 5 of KCW I only have 3 projects to show. But I enjoyed the challenge of this dress (most of the challenge comes from interpreting the diagrams and measurements, the dress itself is quite simple) and I may sneak another project from this book in later on today when the little people have gone to sleep.


12 comments:

  1. Its a lovely fabric with a beautiful sheen.
    Very pretty.

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    1. Thanks Nicole. I wish I knew what the fabric content was because it feels lovely! In a different shade, this would have been meant for me.

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  2. It's beautiful! Definitely make another too!

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    1. Thank you! I can see me making another one, she is in need of a few more summery dresses now.

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  3. It looks lovely. I've made this dress a couple of times, it's a great pattern. And it looks like a perfect fit on your daughter.

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    1. Thanks Marisa! I am sure I have a couple of your versions saved to my favourites. It has been well worn already.

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  4. Lovely Katy. I like it all in one colour and the fabric does look gorgeous. I thought the dress looked familiar, I have this book but my version is called Happy Homemade Vol II. (I've made the pull over parka 4 times now!)
    I'll have to move this dress pattern up the list after seeing yours.

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    1. Thanks! There are so many patterns I want to make out of that book. The parka being one of them.

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  5. Isn't this a fun pattern? I made dress B, which I think is the same but without the sleeve ruffles. And nice to know that other people spend more time looking at the pictures in their Japanese pattern books than sewing from them! :)

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    1. I spend way too much time leafing through these books! I thought dress B might be ok for a school pinafore. I have the (O+S) Music Box Jumper Pattern which I tend to use for school but all those buttons cause her some trouble. I might test that soon.

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  6. Very pretty! That color is lovely on her.:)

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    1. Thanks Cindy. She does love a pink dress ;-)

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