I made Trixie a very pretty dress for Christmas Day.
Well, on Christmas Day she wore swimmers but anyhoo....I purchased Style 2419 from an Op Shop and I knew Trixie would LOVE the swishy skirt.
It is a very pretty dress with a self lined yoke, ruffles, neck binding and add on sleeves. Almost Empire line.
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.
In lieu of a label I used a wee silver 'E'.
The fabric is a rayon/linen mix I snaffled from the remnant bin at Spotlight.It is very soft and light, swishy and swirly.
Perfect for twirling!The fabric was a bit of a bear to sew. It frayed, a lot. I ended up running all the pieces through my overlocker before construction as I was concerned my seam allowances would end up uneven.
It also appears to have shrunk a wee bit since sewing (or Trixie has shot up) even though I did pre-wash it on a warm, gentle cycle.
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.
Trixie certainly gave it a good work out.
Thank you for reading.... xx Nicole