this one’s for the (little) girls

Friends, welcome to my first blog post!

This will be a place for me to share my sewing projects with you, and hopefully a place for me to pass them on to someone who can use them. A lot of what I make for practise can’t be used by anyone in my home, and when I put blood, sweat and tears (figuratively, of course) into a project, it pains me to leave it on a pile to get cut up again later for further practise. I would rather it go to someone who can appreciate and use it, and I hope we can help each other in this regard :-)

This week, I made the little green and white dress in the photo above. It requires a number of techniques I prefer to avoid: top-stitching, proper seam finishings, and gathering.

I used a French seam finish, and if you know anything about sewing, you may have heard them mentioned as “tricky’, but really, they are very easy. You don’t see them much in store-bought clothes. Maybe high-end clothing, but I’d know nothing about that….. ;-)

I like to gather “old-school” – three running stitches, not just one, so it takes three-times longer, but it looks three times better! As for the top-stitching, I think I still need a lot more practice.

The dress is made in 100% cotton, pulls over the head and would fit a child between two and four, depending on her chest measurement (approx. 60cm). It’s knee-length on an average two year old. On a tall, skinny four year old, it looks like this:

If you would like to make something similar to this, you can download the bodice pattern from here. The skirt is just two rectangles 2.5 times the width of the bodice.

GIVE-AWAY NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to Jocelyn Bell :-)

** My projects are given away, free of charge, but please note getting the item into your hands is for your own account, be it collection or postage, from EAST LONDON, SOUTH AFRICA. Items are for your own personal use or gift-giving, please do not re-sell. All images copyright Candice Joubert 2012 **

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11 Responses to this one’s for the (little) girls

  1. Gina says:

    Yay I love sewing blogs ! Good job on the dress. Are you going to load tutorials and step by step process?

  2. Janet Seiderer says:

    Stunning absolutely stunning. Amber would look stunning in this dress :-). Well done my friend can’t wait to see what other stunning outfits you make. Good luck and enjoy.

  3. Donne Welgemoed says:

    Awesomeness… My Ryleigh loves dresses. Hope you gonna make bigger and smaller and something for the boys! LOL

  4. Deids13 says:

    Congrats on starting your blog, my friend. I don’t think Ashton would appreciate me getting him a dress, lol, but I can’t wait to see what boy stuff you’re doing:)

  5. Wendy Harris says:

    Wow Cands can’t believe you make such gorgeous things – very talented. Those of us who can’t even sew on a button are super-impressed!

  6. Andrea Saxton says:

    Well done Candice. Little dresses like that are so sweet on little “girly” girls, and so practical with no zips or buttons.

  7. Jocelyn Bell says:

    Looks so pretty,my niece would look so cute in that,she turns 3 in July,You quite welcome to do all my sewing for me, my sister lives to far away,we could come to an agreement I’ll bake for you and you sew for me,win, win I think:)

  8. Cheryl botha says:

    Well done Candice, look forward to many more of your sewing projects.

  9. yippy-yay-yay says:

    It looks awesome on a tall skinny four year old! Nice job on the blog, I’m going to add it to my rss feeds :-)

  10. elissa says:

    I love the little dress, excellent Job!

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