Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sierra's Dress



Interior lining

With purchased leggings

Sierra with her dress over pj's


Happy Girl
A delightful dress for a little girl. I bought this pattern at a quilt show so naturally it is designed to make use of fat quarters. Or you can cut it from regular cut yardage if you like as amounts are given for that also. It is fully lined and can even be reversible. The curvy edges of the pieces use coordinating purchased or custom-made bias binding trim. Buttons at the shoulders for an easy fit. A matching doll dress that fits 18 to 20" dolls is included. And leggings. View A has 5 different fabrics and View B has 6. I did View B, just so I could use more fabrics.

Sizes 2 thru 5 are included. I made size 2 for my GD who is a large age 14 months usually wearing 18 month sizing. It is big for her but she will grow!

Very easy instructions. Complete, everything a non-quilter needs to know. The pieces are layered onto an inner backing with the bias trim wrapped over the proper curving side. It is like putting together a simple puzzle. I found this garment a lot of fun to make.

I really enjoyed the construction technique and I loved picking out coordinating fabrics. I used quilting cottons pre-cut into fat quarters from Joann's. Also quilting cotton for the lining and muslin for the inner layer. I preshrunk all the fabric.

This was a fun project. It takes a bit longer than making a similar shaped dress for a toddler but much more fun. I made this at the recent retreat I attended that had many quilters there as well as garment sewers like myself. This little project got lots of compliments. I hope to sew it again. Maybe one in each size as she grows. And if she gets a doll the right size I will make that too.


Jilly Be said...

Lucky, lucky Sierra! LOVE that lining!

Gail said...

Sierra is such a pretty name. Great use of scraps!

Mary said...

I love that pattern-now I just need to find a toddler :-) Lucky Sierra!

The Slowest Sewist said...

Gorgeous dress--I used to love sewing quilt-y things for my daughter when she was that age.

Anne-Marie said...

I know we are not suppose to say this for clothing. But kids clothes that are colour full are like fruits for the eyes... So the dress is Delightful!

Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Ann...what a lovely little dress!
Sewing for children is such fun :)