Anyway I found a way to occupy them while I quickly finished off the dress I was up late sewing last night......
The dress is from this Japanese pattern book and I teamed it with yet another pair of Playtime leggings. While yesterday's dress was very colourful, this one is much more suited to todays autumn weather and I'm back in my brown comfort zone!
This fabric was a wonderful find, it's a deliciously soft wool jersey which I found at Brunswick Fabrics, aka the $3 shop. That's right, this fabric was $3/metre as has been everything I've ever bought there. Weird pricing policy but I love it!
The leggings are probably more of a T-shirt knit and don't quite have enough stretch for my downsized width, but she seems comfortable enough and I am checking every now and then to see that her toes aren't swelling up.
I am in love with this dress pattern. There's this little slit, faced opening in the back
And an inverted box pleat in the front with the ribbon detail just for some colour. Then there's the sleeves; gorgeous puffy sleeves with elastic gathers at the hem.
The pattern shows the collar being sewn with the fabric inside out and so I followed suit. My fabric perhaps isn't ideal for this as the pattern shows through a bit more than would be ideal but I like the idea. There was also a very clever tip for turning the collar which I'd never seen before. Before turning the collar right side out press the seam allowances towards the under collar. Then, when the collar is turned the seam naturally rolls towards the under collar and saves that fiddly finger pressing and rolling with the subsequent burned fingers from the iron.
Bear in mind, that is my interpretation of the instructions as I don't understand a word of Japanese! I have to say if the idea of sewing in a foreign language sounds daunting, with these pattern books it really isn't. The drawn diagram instructions are so well done that I'm rarely in doubt about what to do. This particular dress is one of the two "lessons" in this book and is accompanied with full colour photographs of every step. Easey Peasey Japanesey!
|(I need to hand tack the collar down as it is inclined to turn up a little like this)
Tonight I'm going to get stuck into a Sailboat dress that I forgot to add to the initial list. How's your Kid's Clothes Week going?