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« on: August 11, 2008 10:34:07 PM »

This is my first show and tell here at Craftster, so please be gentle!!

My daughter had a disco to go to yesterday, and it's still winter here in Australia and I know how cold it is in the town hall. About 11am I decided to make her a warm dress to wear as she has eczema really bad and hates pants and long sleeves. I somehow scrambled to get this together before 4pm, the start of the disco.

I am not a great sewer. Not even a good sewer! So I am pretty pleased how it turned out. I've only ever sewn 2 zips before and never an open one like this so that was challenging. I've also never lined anything and had no idea how to do that properly. The magazine pattern was also a first. I am much more accustomed to the "big 3" and their pictorial instructions as opposed to 1/3 of a page of text  Shocked I did it though and I am pretty pleased with it.

I live in a really small town where I can't buy clothes let alone craft supplies and it was just good fortune that once I cut out the pattern (after tracing it from those really confusing pattern sheets!) I looked for a zip and found one. Just one the right size. The colour was white so it doesn't really go with the dress but I am pretty happy it was a metal zip as I really think it needed it. I also didn't realise I needed lining so looked through my limited stash and saw all this lingerie type fabric often used for petticoats/slips and decided since it came in a thrift bag and I never knew what I was going to do with it, that it was perfect! I have a few colours so I went with the salmon and I like it against the cream polar fleece. The dress has pleats front and back so it's pretty bulky where the bodice and skirt meet due to all that fleece! It also has 2 darts on the front and 2 on the back which I wasn't convinced about. I ended up having to sew them as I'd already marked them onto the right side of the fabric in pink chalk. Smart move, Michelle! I didn't hem it "properly", just folded it under and sewed. I was under the pump remember Cheesy I am really happy. It's far, far, from perfect but I got through it and you can see it's a dress and the hood functions. That's more than I expected!

Little miss gets home from school and says "I don't want to wear that" until her friend (aged 10) says she'd love to wear it only it's far too small. So, Jessi caved in and wore it. Cute as, her friend says to me "Michelle, if I ask mummy and she buys the stuff... would you make me one like Jessi's?". I thought it was the sweetest thing and told her of course! Not that I know how to make a size 3 into a size 14!! Oh, and I only call this a Hooded Pinafore as that's what the design is called in the magazine. I don't think it's anything like a pinafore. The mag has this funky way of sizing using height. I don't even know Jessi's height so it's just lucky it fits! The Top Kids magazines are no longer made, they were popular in the 90's and I get mine from thrift shops.

Yes, my child looks sick. She has bad eczema and the flash completely washes her out. She's also tiny for her age.

Laid out on nannas burgundy carpet

The magazine it came from and Jessica (I swear she wore the khaki tshirt to school and the hair was just coincidence!!)

She didn't want to take pics so was being silly (yes they're Crocs, yes I hate them. she's latex allergic and Crocs are some of the safest shoes for her  Undecided)

The lining

Some recons and lots of other bits and pieces on my blog.

« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2008 10:44:33 PM »

this is so adorable
she looks gorgeous!

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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2008 11:22:40 PM »

I think this is very cute. She's an absolute doll. Sweetest smile. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2008 12:14:27 AM »

That's so cute, it looks so cozy!

PS, if you do zips that well, you're a good sewer in my book!

« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2008 12:20:18 AM »

That's a cute little dress. She looks adorable in it!!

One of my friends daughers had really bad eczema when our girls were young. She's 18 now and she seems to have out grown it!!  Wink

« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2008 04:31:45 AM »

Thank you for your lovely comments Smiley I am trying hard to be a better stitcher. Like using a blind hem foot as a guide foot for regular sewing to keep things straight   Embarrassed hehe  not so helpful on curves

That's so cute, it looks so cozy!

PS, if you do zips that well, you're a good sewer in my book!

You're funny!!  Cheesy Flattering close up helps, you can't see the stitching, or that the lining isn't even caught in some places on the back of the zip.

One of my friends daughers had really bad eczema when our girls were young. She's 18 now and she seems to have out grown it!!
I have my fingers crossed even though our specialists have told me not to get my hopes up.

« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2008 05:00:21 AM »

Great work there!!!!!  You're just going to town with your sewing...soon I will be too!
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2008 05:07:00 AM »

Oo, I love my one dogeared copy of Topkids and I wish they'd bring them back. I'm always scrounging around for them at Vinnies. Only ever found one though.

« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2008 05:23:15 AM »

That looks fantastic and you little girl is absolutly precious!
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2008 05:35:12 AM »

Thats a really cute pinafore and it looks great on her!

I used to have eczema like that when I was little. Then my mom took me to a chinese medicine doctor and she pretty much cured it. Now I only get small patches. Definitely look into chinese medicine for her.

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