This was a last minute dress that I literally whizzed up in a couple of hours, yeah, it was in the planning for a really long time, but when December hit, I just really couldn’t squeeze in the time to give it any attention, so it ended up a real last minute job.
My initial idea was for a cute, white and pinstripe dress in the Maggie Mae tunic dress pattern over at Shwin, with chunky covered buttons that co-ordinated or contrasted accordingly. But heh, I left it a bit too late and instead went with a Frankendress with bits from everywhere and a skirt that was made out of any leftover fabric, with a wonky pattern match on the side seams – hey, the pinstripes are wobbly so it wasn’t the easiest thing to match anyway!
It’s lined in a plain white cotton, and the buttons are leftovers from the pyjama pattern, I just love them with this dress, and it’s easy for mini to fasten/un-fasten, and she really likes doing that, so gotta keep her happy!
The piping around the waist is super chunky cotton piping bias tape, the type you’d usually use on a cushion, I ordered it for the pyjamas, but it was 2mm to thick… so I repurposed it, and I think it looks great around the waist here, it also hides a bulky seam from the gathering. The bottom edging is a super cute Antwerp edging, also from Frumble, which is like a plain white tape with stitches in a contrasting colour. I guess it’s based on the Antwerp embroidery stitch , which is a slightly more decorated blanket stitch, and it looks really great on the bottom edge, giving a cute little scallop edge that os’t as high-maintenance as ricrac. Anyway you can see the stitching was a bit rushed, and in the hecticness of Christmas day I didn’t manage to catch many pictures that weren’t blurry and excitable!
She’s playing with some Play Doh, which she loved a lot (but I did not like picking out of the carpet the next day), and got really excited with Frozen, unwrapped all the chocolates out of the tin, y’know, just general Christmas excitedness.
Until she passed out and tried to fall asleep in her doll’s new bed, hey can only sustain them with sugar for so long!
So a good time had by all, especially as it was also my birthday, and I was well and truly spoiled with a new overlocked to play around with, plus tonnes of sewing books and bits and bobs, including an awesome pom pom maker so I can channel my inner Kirstie Allsop and make a tonne of garlands for the wedding. I’ll let you know how that goes in the New Year.
I really hope you had a wonderful full of gorgeous sewing stuff and you’re full of inspiration for January! Happy New Year!
Lots of love