Thursday 6 November 2014

Try Making Clothes for Kids

When it comes to sewing, I like to try everything.  I think that it's the best way to learn.  That's why, even though I don't have any children myself, I still wanted to see what it would be like to sew something for a child.

Since, personally, I find that dresses are the most exciting thing to sew, I wanted to sew a fancy dress for a little girl.  There is a girl at my church who is super cute, so I designed the dress with her in mind.

Before making this dress, I'd never worked with lace before, so I wanted to give it a try also.  The lilac colour lace that I'd purchased came with a scalloped edge, so I did my best to preserve the scallop at the hemline and on the cuffs of the sleeves.

Since the lace is sheer, I used a cotton fabric, overlaid in silver, for the inner layer of the bodice and the skirt.  I like the effect that was created by having some pieces of the lace lined with this silver fabric and leaving other pieces with no lining for more of a sheer look.

I found that sewing a dress for a little girl was not much different that sewing a regular dress.  The best part though, was seeing her try on the dress for the first time.  We went to a nearby park to have a little impromptu photo shoot and it seemed as if all of the sudden I had a professional little model on my hands! 


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