This is my second time making Lucy's Little Flower Dress, on this occasion as a gift for a little baby. And now that the outfit has reached it's destination, I can show you.
The first time I sewed this dress, I made the dress length, with a ruffle. Little bloomers peeking out look so cute on toddlers, so this time, I've made the shorter tunic length, in a size one.
Don't be put off with the shirring around the neckline and armholes. I procrastinated about shirring for a long time, before I made my first Lucy's Little Flower Dress, but to my delight, the shirring was very easy to do.
I believe it can sometimes be a little harder with machines that have top loading bobbins, but I've also heard there are ways of overcoming this.
- Can anyone elaborate on shirring with machines that have top loading bobbins?
- If you've tried shirring, I'd love you to leave a comment about your experiences... me, I'm hooked!!! Your experiences may help other readers.
One of the reasons I chose Lucy's Flower Dress, is that the first dress was SO easy to take on and off; a definite plus for a toddler.
I thought about adding a little shirred pocket in a contrasting fabric, but I couldn't decide on the fabric to use. Besides, a toddler probably wouldn't use it anyway.
The dress has been teamed with a pair of bloomers, made using the 30 Minute Shorts pattern. As with previous bloomers, I've simply added shirring to the legs instead of a hem.
Both of these patterns are available from Create HOPE Designs, an organisation supporting orphans and their communities. Head on over to their Etsy store or BigCartel to see the other pattern that are available; all for $5 USD... guilt free pattern shopping helping needy children.
If you sew with a Create HOPE Designs pattern this month, not only will you feel good, you will be in the running to win some AWESOME prizes; some really awesome prizes.
For a chance to win, all you have to do is:
- purchase a pattern from CREATE Hope Designs
- sew an item using that pattern
- upload it to the Flickr group