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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Bridesmaid Dress #1 - Simplicity 3943

Thank you everyone for your advice on sewing for children - I had no idea how much I didn't know!  I was really worried that the dress was going to be too big and now it's finished it looks tiny!  But I have used all of your advice and flat measured the pattern, added deep hems and decent size seam allowances.

The only changes I may make if I have the time are to add a net ruffle to the underside of the long skirt to help it keep it's shape (this is in the pattern, but there seemed to be so much fabric on such a tiny waist that I left it off) and change the back ties from double layer to single layer fabric so that it's easier to tie a decent bow (again the pattern has single fabric, but of course I thought I knew better and that a double layer would be neater).

Anyway here it is, hard to take decent pictures just on a hanger, but you can see the idea.  2 to go.....

20 comments:

Rachel said...

That is so GORGEOUS!!! I love the hem.

Birgitte said...

Super fantastic- she will feel and look like a princess.

Vicki said...

Oh, it is beautiful! Gorgeous. I hope it fits without any changes.

Sew4Fun said...

It's gorgeous! I love the fabric and the colours.

Amanda S. said...

What a beautiful dress! I love the colors your friend chose.

verobirdie said...

Just gorgeous!

Cindy said...

Love it. My daughter is overlooking my shoulder and eyed the beautiful dress! She wants it for Easter...thank you. My simple a line dress might not cut it! lol

Lindsay T said...

Precious! The colors are gorgeous. Very elegant. Well done.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

That is so pretty! I love the hem and the rich colors. Very princessy!

Anonymous said...

Really pretty and elegant! If you add a net or tulle ruffle under the skirt be sure there is a soft or smooth fabric between the tulle ruffle and the child's skin. That stuff is itchy and little ones can scream bloody murder if they don't feel good in what they are required to wear!
BeckyMc

Mardel said...

What a gorgeous, gorgeous dress!.

Summerset said...

Very pretty and elegant! She will feel like a princess.

Bunny said...

Beautiful dress! If you don't have it you may want to check out the "A-Z of Sewing for Smockers." It is not at all just about smocking but how to sew the elements of traditional children's clothing. Many things are different from adult clothing and I have found this book invaluable. They even have a section on how to sew and tie bows. Yours looks great!

Dei said...

Elegant and gorgeous!

Kelley said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love the hem detail and the colours! It looks so sumptuous.

gwensews said...

Sweet!

Tany said...

It looks AWESOME!!! You did a fantastic job!

SuBoo said...

I just tried my hand at making dresses for a little girl so I can appreciate how gorgeous these dresses are. Great inspiration - they look so classy!

Katrina said...

The dress is beautiful. I am loving your blog!!!

Ivalyn "Tee" Jones-Actie said...

Georgeous dress, very regal looking!