In threes it seems.
It all started when I made my niece Caitlin a Seashore dress for Christmas.
I had some pieces left so I decided to make my great-niece Amaya one as well.
But it didn't fit.
Her mummy requested another one so nicely I couldn't say no.
And why would I?
Who doesn't love to sew a baby dress?
After consulting my brains trust I decided to go with a size 3T.
Better too big then too small.
As I have made this dress four times now and twice very recently I have it down pat so I thought I would share some short cuts.
Please note, I am a big fan of following instructions. I always pull them out and check as I sew. I may do things a little differently here and there but if in doubt always check the directions.
So, lets get sewing....
An egg cup makes the perfect template for the round pieces.
of your dress.
Just like the posh fashion houses!
Dont worry about the wee gap at the top, that will disappear into the seam allowance.
- Sew the facings together at the side seams
- Sew the side panels to the centre back
- Sew the pocket linings to the front ruffle.
- Press the facings side seams open.
- Press the seam of the back piece
- Trim the pocket lining/front ruffle seam and clip the curve.
- Neaten the bottom edge of the facing
- Neaten the back piece/side panel seams and press towards the side panel.
- Topstitch the pocket lining/front ruffle
- Topstitch the side panel/centre back
Knot the threads once you are happy with the fit. Then you can ease out your gathers with out the fear of it coming undone.
- Sew the front ruffles to the side pieces
- Sew the back ruffle to the back piece.
Straighten up and keep topstitching.
Repeat for the other side seam.
I like to stitch a narrow turning guide.
Press, pin and sew.
Then press again.
Match notches and side seams.
Transfer the centre notch stitching guide.
I like to mark all the seams I will be sewing over with chalk and reverse a few times when I reach the mark. This will make these seams sturdier when they are trimmed at a later point.
Take your time and sew accurately to achieve a nice curve.
Press and trim back the seam allowance.
I use a piece of dowel and a knitting needle (very carefully)
If this is a struggle, dampen the fabric a little.
For some tips see here
Press well and you are done Baby!
Tilly loves it and wants one exactly the same.
Ummm, no Sweetie.
Chose a different fabric.
Happy Seashore sewing.
The butterflies are stencilled. I show you how in this post.