Much to celebrate here. And so here is the good news first–N got into the school that we were all hoping and praying for. Its an excellent school, somewhat alternative in its approach to education and we had spent a lot of time reading up about it and talking to parents of children who go there. I am so so glad it worked out in the end, because while we had all kinds of back up plans, now that it is done I am thinking–what a relief!
And you know what an added bonus is? The school does not believe in uniforms so she gets to wear her own clothes everyday. Good for me, right?
We have had a few celebrations this week in order to commemorate the occasion and I made two dresses in quick succession.
That wasn’t the plan, but N liked the first one so much that she asked me to make another one of the same pattern. How could I say no?
Since one was already pink, her favourite colour, I was given the freedom to chose the fabric for the next one. Naturally I steered far from pink but chose a print she would like.
This is pattern “i” from the Girly style wardrobe (ISBN 978-4-79-11132-9). The instructions are clear, both the text and pictures. I only made one change in the pattern. Instead of using bias tape to finish the neck line and arm holes, I decided to add facing to both the front and back yoke. Excellent idea, as it turns out. My daughter has a very narrow frame, and I generally feel that adding a facing gives it the necessary stability and a better fit no matter what size I am making.
In my opinion, the best facing instructions come in this Japanese pattern book, and its definitely worth taking a look whether one knows Japanese or not. It introduces five basic patterns and then provides a few variations of each. But here is what I want to show–
Just look at this lovely page explaining how to to attach facing. Really really fabulous!
Ok, anyway, so get back on track and the current project. In this case I made the 110cms size, and as you can probably tell it is a bit roomy (even with all those layers inside there).
But I love the clean lines of Japanese patterns and more importantly, N loves it! There are not too many dresses that she is unwilling to take off. This is one of them, so I can tell you that its already a favourite. She wore it all of Sunday to her grandparents house, then wanted to sleep in it and wear it to school the next day. I think I can count this one as a “like” definitely.
So that’s all from me this week. We have a ton of guests starting Saturday, so I hope I’ll be able to keep my promise of weekly sewing.
Thanks for stopping by!