It’s been a hectic few weeks but finally, both versions of this dress are finished. The big house move is ON, so naturally that’s been given precedence*, but I did manage to get this off my docket (lawyer term, yo).
This is the second ‘by request’ dress I’ve stitched this week, and like I said before, although I’m so totally flattered, jeez, they were hard work. Mainly due to perfectionism, silly mistakes and self-doubt, but you know, learning curve and all that.
This one is lined in pink candystripe polycotton, with pale pink poppers (fun to say fast) and a front opening. Newborns spend most of their time gurgling on their back, and poppers aren’t comfortable to lie on.
The main waist seam is a little bit wobbly, but there’s a nice gather on the skirt, which I’m happy about. My biggest mistake was stitching the skirt to the bodice in one go, so I couldn’t sex the sides up without the seams being exposed – I had to unpick it (and I’d trimmed the seam), and re-sew, which was a total ballache.
This time I actually made the ricrac fall off on purpose! I did this by tacking it on, then stitching in place… Tacking! I totally forgot that was a thing! Why have I been pinning all this time when tacking is so much easier?? I’m gonna revive tacking, or basting (although that’s what you do to a turkey).
Quite like these little shorties too, always nice to have a nappy cover that matches. The crotch seam went a little wild, and no attempt at pattern matching, but kinda cute, no? Looks a little small, but the elastic is a bit pathetic, so I tightened it up.
I packed them up and sent them out today – and even though they caused me so much trouble, I was kind of sad to see them go.
So now, on to more exciting things!
I got a huuuggee bag of fabric given to me by a wonderful baby mama, so I’m going to be experimenting with some slightly bigger and smaller items… more soon.