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« on: November 20, 2007 01:55:58 AM »

I've been making my own, simple clothes for about 2-3 months now, I'm not too terribly good yet- but I'm learning. I recently wore a dress I made to my bf's sisters wedding, and her two daughters, once they learned I made my dress, asked for dresses for Christmas. Now, my problem is finding a style of dress I can make that doesn't show too much skin. (I'm very big on little girls not dressing like hookers!) It's winter anyway so sleeved dresses would probably be better anyway.

I think my biggest problem will be trying to keep the actual dresses a secret until x mas. Will this be possible, me being unable to have them try them on and alter it and whatnot, especially since I've never made children's clothing before? If I need practice, one of the girls is much craftier (she's so awesome! I hope to be her role model) and I'm fairly certain she'd let me try things on her and she'd give me input on the design and whatnot, but they are very different sizes. Should I just make the dresses with both of them, and have them try them on periodically?

Any advice or attempts to help would be much appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2007 09:23:00 AM »

Here are some to try
SImplicity 3546, 3716, or 3902.
I haven't made any of them, but they look pretty good.  As long as you have good measurements and stick to children's patterns approximate fit witout lots of tryign on should work out okay, just make sure you check their measurements (around) and height, because I've run into problems when sewing for kids that they are either much taller, or shorter than the height assumed for the pattern (children's patterns vary the height quite a bit between sizes). 

Good luck, I can't wait to see what you come up with. 
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2007 04:30:45 PM »

Well I think it might be hard to make to really well-fitting dresses without any fittings... so my ideas are either make jumpers to be worn over long sleeve Ts or something... this would allow the dresses to be a little bigger than needed and still look fine.  Or, as my mom used to do when I was little, you could wrap up yards of pretty fabric and a pattern, and then make the dresses after Christmas.  I always loved that. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2007 04:41:58 PM »

Why don't you make them pj top and pants and use that as an excuse to measure them???
those are fast and cheap, and they'll like them AND you'll get to keep it a secret!
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