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2011 June 23
by elizabeth_admin

ETA: I feel like an ass for not acknowledging all the wonderful comments/feedback from you all yesterday regarding my Orange Chrysanthemum NL 6022 dress.  Thank you so much!!!  I am still walking on a cloud.  🙂  

I picked out the pattern for Haley’s birthday dress:  New Look 6016.


I think it’s super cute!  View E, the version with a real live child in the picture, is the view I am going to make with only one line of ribbon as the trim at the bottom.  It’s a very easy pattern, only 4 pattern pieces.  The fabric I’ve chosen is one of the batik prints I picked up in Chicago at PR Weekend. 


I’m using the darker, more navy, batik for Haley’s dress.  Her sister Chloe will get the more turquoise one for her birthday dress later.  I had already pre-washed both of them.  When I pulled out Haley’s fabric last night to cut it out, I noticed that the hand was a little stiff.  Is this common for batik-ed fabrics?  It loosened up a bit when I ironed it.  I am hoping it will work well for a little girl’s dress.  I’m sure it will be fine in the end.  At any rate, I cut it out last night. 

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to work on it until Friday night as I have a girls’ night out tonight.

Oh, and the pattern I’m using for Chloe’s dress?  It’s McCalls 5304, an OOP pattern.  I will most likely make view F in the upper left hand corner.  Isn’t that sweet?


Happy sewing!

6 Responses leave one →
  1. JodieK permalink
    June 23, 2011

    Just a thought for the silk Crysanthamum (I’ve spelled that wrong, I’m sure) dress. First of all, lovely, just lovely. To bring in the back you might want to sew two shallow, vertical darts and insert a few button loops into the dart. Then over the other dart sew buttons. I saw this detail on a tailored shirt and thought it neat.
    But the half belt would work too.

  2. Jean Marie permalink
    June 23, 2011

    I’ve noticed that many of the (more expensive, usually) batiks seem a bit stiff at first. Use and washing seems to soften them up over time (at least the ones I’ve used). Those are cute patterns – almost makes me wish I had a girl to sew for…however I’m surrounded and out-numbered by males…;-)

  3. SusieR permalink*
    June 23, 2011

    That pattern is precious!!!

  4. visitor permalink
    June 23, 2011

    Cute pattern. I agree with your decision to use only one ribbon, and the bows in the photo on the pattern package look homemade.

    Some of the batik fabrics I’ve bought, from B & J Fabrics in New York, and more recently, from The City Quilter, have been stiff. I’m glad Jean Marie says that’s a sign of quality.

  5. Liara permalink
    June 24, 2011

    I’ve found two kinds of batiks. There’s the cotton kind, which I’ve seen in quilting stores, which I have found to be a bit stiff, but they don’t wrinkle. carries rayon batiks, which I found to be more drapey.

    I LOVE the Chrysanthemum dress. I think it looks fantastic on you!!

  6. June 24, 2011

    Love both patterns! I have actually made that last one fore Myra and it is super cute made up. I will say to ignore McCalls instruction to sew a snap on the inside and ties outside (or whatever they do). Do ties both places, that way you can customize the fit a little. If not, you end up with baby neckline gaposis. Myra always had to wear a onesie under hers.

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