Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I've been itching to make Caitlyn some more handmade clothing and when I saw Laurie Wisbrun's newest line, Perfectly Perched, I knew destiny had stepped in. Laurie's whimsical but crisp designs suit my style well and I adored this shade of blue that one of her prints was done with.
I foolishly purchased too little of Perfectly Perched (the fabric with the birds in the middle of the dress) mainly because I'm in denial that my little girl is growing and would need more fabric. lol But I searched my stash and managed to come up with some fabulous matches for it in the way of Patty Young's Sanctuary (bodice print) and Oliver & S print from Cape Ann (polka dot). I used an easy Simplicity Pattern #2377 and made it in a size 3. She's tall but tiny for her age so I think the pattern is pretty true to size.
I opted (more out of laziness than anything) to NOT make the ties that the pattern calls for and I really should have. So I'll be adding that back in. I'm not sure every child would need the ties, but because she is so slim she really needs them to help reign in the extra gathered fabric in the back of the dress.
It calls for 1/4" elastic and I really like the scale of that size elastic for a little girl's dress. Plus there were no zippers or buttons...always a bonus! This is such a great every day dress when made with cottons. Perfect for a play dough session.
I really want to make her more things. Her face rather adorably lights up when she sees things I've made her and I want to take advantage of that before she decides she hates "homemade" things. lol But I think I need a serger. I was zig zagging my seams and it is just NOT as nice as a serger. Plus a serger is so fast. I've been sewing garments for well over 20 years now. I think it's long past time to add a serger to my arsenal of supplies. I can start cheap. It's always a good idea to make a modest investment and then decide if you need to upgrade later on. So I'm pretty sure a serger is in my future. Because I need to make more adorable clothes like this one!