Two little girl dresses
Going in the mail today are two little girl dresses that I finished yesterday. My nieces Haley and Chloe have summer birthdays. They love twirly dresses and the colors pink and purple. Haley is the pink girl and Chloe is the purple girl. They are super cute. Since the live in Madison, WI, I don’t have the opportunity to fit them at all when I sew for them. Since I’ve had disastrous results before sewing for my niece Katie when using a commercial pattern, I thought I would make the same dress for Haley and Chloe that I made for their b-day dresses last year, a shirred bodice dress with a ruffle for twirl factor. The main measurement I needed for them being their chest circumference.
I bought my fabric at Yardage Town. It was an impulse purchase, but when I saw coordinating gingham seersucker cottons in pink and purple, I knew I had hit the jackpot. These are really cute fabrics; perfect for little girl twirly dresses.
This time I added a pleated pocket on the front of the dress for a little added interest. I used Rae’s tutorial from Made by Rae for the pleated pocket. I probably should have made Chloe’s pocket a little smaller to match the smaller scale of her dress, but it’s a minor complaint of my design ability. 😉
I added my label to the inside of the pockets so that it wouldn’t scratch their skin on the inside of the dress. Plus, there was really nowhere to add it on the inside with the shirred bodice.
I used the same order of construction as last year’s dresses to accommodate the ruffling and finished edges. Speaking of the ruffle, I used a new gadget to ruffle my ruffle, the ruffling attachment that came with my Singer Featherweight. I think I have found Nirvana. This attachment is the bomb! It makes gathering so easy and fast. It’s easy to use and the gathers are really consistent. It’s so amazing in fact, I think I want to marry it. I had those ruffles done in a flash after I figured out the ruffling ratio setting I needed (which was 2:1 for my cut pieces).
Check it out in action — I made a short video of it for Anne-Marie and thought I would add it here so you all could see too. Please excuse the unprofessional film quality and messy sewing table.
I used my narrow hem foot that came with my Featherweight as well. Both of these attachments are totally de riguer for making little girl dresses quick and painless. I love them. LOVE. THEM.
And one more pic of the dresses in all their twirly glory…
Hopefully my sister-in-law Tina will take some pictures of the girls asap for me to post so you can see the dresses on my nieces. But for now, I’m off to muslin a bathing suit and trace off a vintage blouse pattern. My mojo is definitely in high gear!