I can’t handle this dress. I’m not the puppy dog oohing kind of girl, but seriously, these kids’ clothes are quickly turning me into a little melted squishball.
I had quite a bit of the pink striped seersucker leftover from my Pink Stripes Jacket (and I still do), so I had a notion to make little summer dresses for my nieces with it. Of course, now I’ll have to make my nephew something so he doesn’t get left out. Maybe some matching swim trunks for him and Noah so they can be even more cute together when we all go swimming this summer…
Up first is my newest niece’s dress. A simple little jumper dress from Little Stitches by Amy Butler. I must say, this is a great book, but there is so much verbage in the patterns. For such a simple little dress, there’s no less than 4 pages of text in teeny weeny font. I said in my pattern review to look at the pattern pieces and you can figure it out in 5 minutes if you think about it. Much faster than slogging through so much text. That is all with the rant. On to the good parts:
Comfy Jumper Dress with Bloomers (!)
What I learned:
1. #2 in a series–not all polyester is evil: I scored this amazing chunk of vintage sheer poly crepe at the thrift store for $1.49. There’s enough to not only to have added a skirt to this dress, but for me to make a top (perhaps one of my summer picks). It’s a beautiful print. I’d love to know how old it is.
2. I don’t think I’m going to get over how fun it is to line things: For the lining, I ousted the directions and made a free-hanging full lining. I made the outer dress fully and the lining dress fully and then put them wrong sides together and stitched around the neck/shoulders/armholes. I graded and clipped the seam, pressed it, and topstitched around to keep things pretty and keep the lining where it should be. I like the lining like this–it’s so airy and bulkless.
3. There used to be life before the serger, remember?: My serger is down…again. I think I’m going to cut my losses and upgrade. This one has been such a lemon for me. But before I do that, there’s sewing to be done, and today was no exception. Instead of serging to finish my seams, I used French seams, which was a good solution on such light fabrics (the lining is remnants of eyelet).