Spending the Day Sewing Little Girl Dresses

I have been working on two beautiful dresses for my granddaughters birthday. Luckily for me, her momma doesn’t pay any attention to my blog so I can write about them and she’ll never see it and still be surprised come June when it’s her daughter’s birthday. I know I’m getting an early start, but I have other projects I still want to make for her as well, so I have to pace myself. Plus I still need to sew for me as well.

The first project was from a pattern, Simplicity 1453. The pattern is designed to use a contrast color, but when I bought my fabric I had a different dress in mind, so the day I started the project, I just went with it and made it all the same. If I make this again, I will use two different colors. The dress was easy to put together and the pattern simple enough to understand. I have always dreaded buttonholes, but not anymore thanks to my wonderful machine who made not one, but seven perfect buttonholes and it sewed the buttons on for me too. You would have thought I had won the lottery if you could have seen me when I finished this up. image

The pink will look beautiful on her and she loves pockets, which is why I went with this design in the first place.

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Not sure how she will react to the tie in the back, but hopefully it will not be a problem as I think the tie adds a little more dimension to the project. 

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The idea for the second dress came from something I saw on Pinterest. They had cut off a t-shirt about an inch below the underarm and attached a skirt bottom to it making it a maxi skirt. 

I changed it up a little in order to suit the personality of my granddaughter. Her parents are the beachy, boater, fishing type so I went with a blue fabric with white anchors. In order to accent the anchor on the shirt portion, I embroidered a blue anchor to match the blue fabric.

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In order to attach the skirt portion, I cut a strip about 12″ long and roughly three times the width of the shirt. I sewed one seam, which I placed in the back when attaching it to the shirt. I added a small hem so I could hem on the machine, gathered around the top and attached to the t-shirt. This was probably the easiest outfit I have ever made.

View from the front.

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View from the back

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Both of these dresses were a joy to make and I can’t wait to see Madison model them. Looking forward to starting my next project. What about you? What are you sewing right now? Favorite project?