|This photo doesn't show the top-stitched box pleats all around the skirt: boo hoo.|
The magazines are still pretty awesome: you get a good range of patterns for your £5-ish, although you have to trace them yourself and add seam allowances. The instructions are pretty brief too (a few bullet points), so not too great for a beginner. However, if you've made a few garments before, you'll probably be fine with that.
The dress I made was from the November 2008 issue, dress 139, in the smallest height 98 (roughly age 4). The charmingly translated German copy next to a photograph of the dress in floral needlecord reads:
"For saucy girls flowers bloom in winter too, e.g. on this pinafore dress!"With such a recommendation, I couldn't not make it! I can't believe that this is the first garment from the magazine I've actually finished! I've made toiles of a few, but never got further than the first fitting.
My mother-in-law acted as my sidekick while I traced and cut out the pattern and fabric and tailor-tacked, while Mr Button and his father put fitted carpets and wardrobes in the shed. It was fun! M-in-L suggested I cut the centre back on the selvedges so that I didn't have the bulk of extra overlocking down this seam, which is a top idea.
|Buttons! Hoorah! More top-stitching! ARGH!|
|Pink zipper: quite cool, actually. Plus, more top-stitching...|
|Can you see the sneaky concealed zip? No, thanks to Mr Fusible Interfacing! Cheers, Vilene!|
The lining hem is a rolled hem done on my overlocker, and I'm pretty pleased with the result. I find any other sort of hem is really tricky on the slippery fabric as it stretches and wrinkles when you get to a bias section.
|Tasty overlocking on me old hem.|
I challenged myself to try and make this dress as robust as possible, and as much like a commercially purchased garment as I could. To that end, I even added a label.
|Who knows how well iron-on t-shirt transfer on cotton twill tape will wash?|