Saturday, October 17, 2009

Little Dresses for Little Girls

It seems to be the year when all the babies being born in my life are little girls. And I have no problem with that, at all. Of course I would love any boy baby as well, but little girls are so much easier to make things for. I whipped a couple of dresses for our friends' new daughter and for a friend expecting her first daughter in the Spring, just to get her excited.

The pattern is Simplicity Newlook 6576. I love this pattern so much. It is super easy to make because there are only four pattern pieces to cut, maybe five, depending on how you want to finish the hem.
I have tried a bunch of different patterns and have found that using a lining for the bust of the dress is so much easier and looks so much better than trying to wrestle with bias tape around those little tiny arm holes. The bias tape never lies flat and just seems to look a little sloppy. I vear off from the pattern directions and finish the bottom lining with my overlock machine which takes all of two minutes and looks so great. Fast and easy, just like me.

I hemmed each dress a little differently. For the orange floral, I used my overlock machine to finish the dress and then sewed ribbon over the edge. It was super fast and looks great. It also gets me around the trouble I seem to have when hemming an A-line skirt that comes with the wider fabric needing to be tucked into the more narrow part of the skirt. I am sure there is a trick to it but I sure haven't been able to figure it out. If anyone has any tips, I am all ears.

I didn't take a close up of the hem on the dress above but if you look closely, you can see the hem I made with the same material I used for the lining. I roughly traced the curve and angle of the bottom of the dress, finished the top of the hem with my overlock machine and then sewed the hem to the dress, right sides together. I flipped the hem over, pressed it and then sewed the top of the hem to the dress, as you can see the seam in the picture above. I also top stictched the lower seam to give it a more finished look.

Now that I am getting so good with this pattern, I should probably start making my girl a couple of these. I love that it is so versitile and can be used with winter cordoroy or light weight summer cottons.


nasancheyev said...

Melissa!!! sweet heavens these are TOO CUTE! thanks for sharing your tips on which dress pattern you find simplist to execute. you have be inspired! (as usual...)

~ said...

so darn cute! your friends are going to love these little dresses!

you are one talented mother!

CitricSugar said...

Those dresses are beyond adorable!

Hems - I have three suggestions: 1) Don't do a wide hem - see if keeping it under a half inch wide makes it easier to turn. 2) Try a rolled hem. 3) Iron up your hem; open it up; increase your side seam allowance between the raw edge and the iron crease with the same degree of slant as the skirt - only inwards instead of out. (I hope that made sense...) Trim the excess fabric and then turn it back under.

(I, too, hate turning hems that are wider at the bottom than the top.)

Rebekah said...

these are so adorable! I hope you get a chance to make some for your little one soon :)

Jackie said...

What cute little dresses!