Pretty in Purple

Hello all! I’ve been a little quiet recently because I’m in the middle of a bit of a mammoth project. For the first time ever, I’m working with lace! It’s really beautiful but it’s so much more difficult to work with than cotton! It’s a bit frustrating at times, but I’m getting there. Slowly.

Rather than have two full sized projects on the go at the same time, I decided to appease my desire for a quick, no-fuss project by trying out baby clothes for the first time. My little niece has definitely played a part in this. Her dresses are just so adorable. I’m really surprised by how satisfying it is to make baby clothes!

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I looked around for dress patterns but it seemed silly to buy one. I did try one commercial pattern but the sizing wasn’t quite right. Instead, I decided to draft the pattern myself by tracing over an existing 0-3 months dress. It was fairly straight forward and it worked pretty well, except for the fact that I didn’t add enough seam allowance so it ended up being 0-2 months I reckon.

The only traced the bodice and decided to add a straightforward gathered skirt. Gathered skirts are really comfy and I think the gathers look really cute with the tiny wee bodice.

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This is the first time I’ve used the fabric I bought at Goldhawk Road. It’s 100% cotton and I think it only cost me about £3.99 a metre. Such a bargain! That place is so amazing for fabric. A whole street dedicated to sewing stuff? A-Mazin!

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Baby clothes present a problem in terms of comfort because I didn’t want any jaggy edges so I decided to encase the waist seam in some bias binding. It made it look nice and today as well as making it smooth. I bought this from Hobbycraft and it was relatively cheap. I do have the stuff to make my own but meh. Life’s too short. I might try to make it one day but it’s a bit of a faff.

The lilac coloured zip is from Jaycotts and this is the first time I’ve shopped there. It’s awesome and so much cheaper than the other ones I’ve bought in the past. I’ll definitely use them again! I think the zip might be controversial for baby clothes. The zip fastner is very secure and no more a choking hazard than buttons but I haven’t seen many baby dresses with zips. Maybe it would be uncomfortable? Hmm. Anyway, I’m really just experimenting at the moment. I think in future I’ll use a stretchier material for 0-3 month dresses so it can slip overhead rather than requiring fastenings!

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I’ll be back soon with lace-related updates…

 

 

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