Wednesday, 3 June 2015
Copying a Dress for my Daughter
This is one of my daughter's favourite dresses. We shelled out a few quid on it on a trip to Bath a couple of years ago. Before we actually bought it I had given it a quick inspection and told her "Easy peasy. I could make you one of those. Falling off a log." Fighting talk.
There is nothing complicated about it. A plain bodice, elasticated at the waist, and the skirt, conveniently enough, is approximately 36 inches wide. No fastening at all, she just pulls it over her head like a jumper.
Now, with ten days to go before we nip off on a quick trip together, I am finally getting round to making her the promised dress.
She chose this pretty cotton about four years ago when she wanted a dress, but wanted a completely different style. I kept telling her that the style she wanted wouldn't work with this weight of cotton unless it was fully lined, and I wasn't keen on putting in loads of effort on a fitted dress before she had stopped growing. The material was stashed and the project shelved - until now.
I got off to a flying start a few days ago by nicking an idea from the inimitable and thrifty HoffiCoffi, who has a knack for using up old duvet covers and buying up several miles of bargain material for making toiles. Instead of wasting perfectly good calico on a mock up bodice, I used an old duvet cover.
Thank you Hoffi!
Rather than draw out the pattern on paper, I drew directly onto the duvet fabric, cut out the front and back, and made the mock-up bodice. Once I was sure my daughter could get in and out of it without bursting the side seams, I undid the stitching and used the duvet pieces as the pattern for cutting out the real bodice, managing to miss out the paper pattern stage altogether.
Yesterday I cut out the bodice in the floral fabric and the lining and started sewing.
I managed to assemble the bodice, finish the neck edge...
...and tack the armhole edges together ready to bind them.
Now I have the job I love to hate - making my own bias binding from the dress fabric.
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