I also added side vents, finishing them with a double fold, the same as the hem.
I did wonder if I would FBA any subsequent sews, but the top doesn't not pull or feel uncomfortable when worn, so I won't.
I made Trixie a very pretty dress for Christmas Day.
The back finishes with a zipper. I used an invisible zip but I omitted the hook and eye at the top as I find they tangle in the girls hair.
The fabric is a rayon/linen mix I snaffled from the remnant bin at Spotlight.It is very soft and light, swishy and swirly.
If I purchased rayon/linen again I would pre-wash, twice.
I take any pretty dress sewing opportunity that comes my way. I have so many vintage patterns and with Covid, very few occasions to sew them for.
I enjoyed sewing this frock. There were enough details to make it and interesting make and the fabric (although pain in the backside) drapes and falls beautifully.
The style is very practical for a busy little person. Lovely and full so it is cool on a warmer day and the long sleeves give good sun protection.
The skirt was swishy but not too much fabric to make play impractical.
Thank you for reading.... xx Nicole
Catching up on my Blogging....
Sewing for my older girls is not easy. They are not at home anymore and with the COVID restrictions we do not do that many trips to Town. I like the custom fit nature of Lekala as I can save on fittings. I can make the garment up to 'final fit' stage.
This made it a lot easier to fit the side seams.
The bodice is self lined. I made ties from the same fabric.Rather than sewing the ties in place, I made small loops so Zara can thread the ties through and then knot them, to allow for the fabric stretching.
Lekala has saved my skin, more than once, with their custom fit patterns. With a little tweaking, we get a great fit.
I did shorten the dress by quite a bit, Zara would have liked it a little shorter again but then we would have cut of the bottom of the darts and messed with the zipper.
I got Zara to get me 4 metres, to be safe and I had so much left over I was able to make her some pull on pants, for Christmas (to be blogged)
Lekala don't have much in the way of instructions and this pattern was missing quite a few notches, so I did refer to the diagram quite a bit while sewing it.
I used an invisible zipper, I sewed it into the (almost) finished dress and then sort of wrapped the back piece facing around it, right sides together, stitched, flipped and then stitched-in-the-ditched that piece in place.
(Clear as mud, right)?
It made for a very neat finish.
A fun sew and Zara looked super cute!
Thank you for reading xxx Nicole
The details are so sweet and they make up nicely. The finishing instructions (although sometimes fiddly) give a beautiful result.
Case in point.
I am so pleased with OOP Simplicity 6911 I have tracked in down in several larger sizes (and made up a Misses version for Zara, for Christmas, shhhh).