So she jumped the queue and I made her a new dress.
Its the Olivine dress by Clever Charlotte,and boy is it purty!
It has these delightful tucks and pleats that look sooooo complicated but are dead easy to pull off!
As Lidia is so slight I decided to draft a size 4t lengthened to a size 7/8.
In retrospect,I wish I had gone with the size 5 as I had to fiddle with the bodice and I ended up trimming more than I would have liked.
Of course I always could have made a muslin!
Any hoo dooty do,there is an excellent tutorial here put together by the designers themselves.
I have just blogged the bits I fiddled with.
First up I drafted the pattern.
I went with an aqua blue poplin lining,in the end I used several remnants and the lining looked quite pretty in the different shades.
So,I made up to the skirt following the pattern,very straight forward.
Things got a bit hinky with the bodice.
As I tried to draft a size 4 width and a size 8 length I ended up with an uneven edge.
As I had length to spare I folded the bodice in half and evened up the edges.
This is where a size 5 would have been better,'muslin' did I hear you say?
As the bodice had 'shrunk' I had to trim the lining.
Of course,because I had trimmed the bodice it didn't quite match the skirt.
I stitched two rows of gathering thread and eased the skirt to fit the bodice.
Next I trimmed the excess from the back bodice.
And again from the lining.
Then I sewed the shoulder and side seams.
I like to pre-press the hems on the sleeves.
I decided to line the sleeves to make sure the linen wasn't scratchy on my sweet sensitive girl.
The sleeve lining is the same as the main sleeve,I just trimmed a bit off the bottom.
In retrospect I could have trimmed off 1/2' more.
Next I gathered the sleeve tops.
And then sewed the side seams,unfolding the pressed hem.
Then I pressed the seam the opposite direction to the bodice side seam.
Thanks Liesl for the tip!
Matching notches and side seams I pinned the sleeves into the bodice right sides together.
I like to sew on the inside of the seam.
Even though I was lining the dress I still like to finish my seams.
I like to press well. It gives a good result and when lining a garment it can be difficult to press this seam well again.
When sewing wool or linen I like to let the garment cool and set before handling it again.
Next I pinned the bodice to the skirt,matching notches,side seams and pleats.
I did quite a bit of flipping the bodice back and forth to make sure everything lined up.
I neatened the seam and pressed it up towards the bodice.
And then removed the basting stitches.
A quick fit-just!
Time to fit the zipper.
If you need any help have a peek here.
I find it helps me to stitch a hemming guide.
The next fold is easy as the fabric is cut and stitched that way.
I then constructed the lining the same as the dress.
I like to attach my label to the lining only.
My multi coloured lining.
I hemmed the lining by machine at this point.
Next I pinned the dress to the lining,right sides together,at the neck line.
I wrap the lining around the outside of the zipper.
And you will get this lovely finish.
I like to use my pinking shears to trim the neckline.
Just in case,I am that kind of girl!
I turned the dress through and rolled and pressed the neckline.
Once I was happy with the way the neck was sitting I gently pulled the lining from the dress and stay stitched the lining to the seam allowance.
This will help stop the lining peeping through when the garment is being worn.
I pulled the dress back together and pinned the sleeve seam together.
I unfolded the hem of the dress sleeve and then folded it back up to cover the raw edge of the lining.
Then I pinned it in place.
Then I pinned the hem up and the lining to the zipper edge and then I hand sewed it all in place.
Look at that beautiful line.
And those scrumptious pleats.
I hope she is happy when she opens it.