This is my first sewn garment and I’m pleased as punch with myself, even if it’s flawed and, well, still way too big for Alice. She’ll grow. All too fast probably.
When Sean gave me my sewing machine a month or so ago, I imagined garments were so much more out of reach than this. I thought it would be ages but I decided early on I was just going to throw myself into sewing. I was going to fight the fear of the new and just do it.
Simplicity came in the form of a summer dress pattern by Retromummy. Her pattern, which I’d long ago admired, was in the August issue of Notebook magazine.
The bulk of it was surprisingly straight forward. I’ve got to learn a bit still about bias binding (the stuff around the arm holes) and attaching straps in a way that fits but all in all it came together nicely. I’ll be lifting the straps before I give it to Alice again. As you can see, it sits a bit low on her chest.
These photos make me laugh. What else does a 17month old girl do when she gets a new dress but head outside to the leaves and the dirt? I love how the dress looks with pink gumboots!
And though she loves playing with Russian Dolls, I think it’s fairly safe to say that she didn’t identify that’s what they were on the fabric. But her mummy and I knew and that’s what counts.
I may have gone to spotlight this morning with a friend and bought more dress fabric, too. I can see Alice having several of these for summer!
Sewing is fun. I think I’m going to get along with it just fine.