Somehow during half term I managed to squeeze in enough time to make a dress for my niece Hannah’s Christmas present. She’s only three and loves looking pretty so it had to be a twirly whirly party dress (New Look 6881)
Hannah’s brief to me was “pink with flowers” and as she lives in Australia I sent her a couple of choices via the magic of e-mail. Happily she chose my favourite, which I found in one of the amazing fabric shops on the Goldhawk Road in Shepherd’s Bush.
|Bargain Goldhawk Road fabric|
Clever girl, she’s got great taste, just like her Aunty! I love the fabric, it could almost be a Liberty print, whilst at the same time reminds me of my pillowcase when I was little. Once it was made into a dress though I think it was definitely more Liberty print than 70's pillowcase! I lined it in plain pale pink cotton.
|The front view with a big skirt for twirling|
|The back view|
This was my first attempt at making children’s clothes from a pattern and the whole process was a pleasure from start to finish. I have two boys who wouldn’t be seen dead in any item of clothing I made them (unless it happened to have premiership footballers plastered all over it) so it was a real treat for me. I particularly liked cutting out the teeny tiny dress pieces, just like doll’s clothes! It was good practice for me too - there were a few techniques I used for the first time (inserting a dress lining and putting in a lapped zip) but it was all on such a small scale that it didn’t actually take that long.
I can’t wait to see photos of her twirling around in it.