A Little Diversion

I’ve had a little diversion in my sewing this week testing a lovely little pattern for Teri at www.climbingthewillow.com. It was one of my granddaughters’ birthday this week, she turned 4, so this came at an opportune time to make her the lovely Izzy top.  I used a lovely cotton that I got from www.kelanifabric.com.au, “Toyland Twinkle” from Alexander Henry Fabrics.  It sews up beautifully and suited this pattern very nicely as it drapes very well.  From printing the pattern to the final press it took me 4 hours, which included only a small amount of unpicking!!  So it makes for a nice little project one afternoon.  I’m really looking forward to seeing her in it.  Thanks to Teri for sharing this lovely pattern.

Don’t you just love those little stars!!

Izzy1

 

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Xmas Dress Project Complete!

You may recall that I mentioned how keen I was to do more shirring.  Well I’ve now finished the 5 shirred Xmas dresses and am very happy with the results.  Of all the tutorials I came across during my research for this project I found the one on Jorth’s blog was the best for working out volumes of fabric and basic construction.  I must say some of the others were very confusing for such a simple dress.  So if you want to make one yourself visit her blog :- http://jorth.blogspot.com.au/2010/11/shirred-dress-tutorial.html.

I must confess I did make some modifications of my own.  I decided to French seam all the seams for a nice neat finish and to add extra strength.  I also did away with the elastic casing across the top above the shirring; I don’t think it needed it and I replaced that with my super tiny hem instead; you can see my test one on my previous post.  I also decided to do bow ties over the shoulder instead of a single piece and I made a border around the bottom of the 3 bigger dresses; that was a result of underestimating how much fabric I would need rather than a brilliant idea!  (I do have a habit of buying fabric before patterns and then trying to squeeze it all in).  All in all I’m very happy with the results.  Still think that tiny hem is exquisite.

I do hope they all like them; I know I do 🙂  So onto the next thing.

Xmas Dresses 2013