Thursday, 10 November 2011

little red dresses: Kwik Sew 3665 & New Look 6960

Whilst I still had red thread in my overlocker I decided to quickly make Anna some little dresses now that the weather is really heating up around here.  In the space of one child free afternoon I managed not only to make these two really cute dresses, but also gave my sewing room a much needed clean up - such a productive afternoon!

First up I made this red dress from some stretch linen leftover ironically from a maternity dress I made for myself when I was pregnant with Anna, and some red polka dot fabric for a contrast ruffle:


I used Kwik Sew 3665, from which I've made the top several times before and it turns out the dress is just as quick and easy.  A simple raglan sleeved, elastic drawn neckline and sleeves means that it just comes together so quickly.

To break up the two red fabrics because they weren't quite the same shades of red, I sewed some twill ribbon on:

I think it looks really cute, although it is bordering on a christmas decoration theme! I wish I had an equally cute photo of Anna wearing it, but she was being a cheeky little monkey posing in various ways and pulling silly faces, but you get the idea:




The second dress I made from some red gingham with a printed border that I picked up in a country op shop last year when I had to travel for work. 



I chose a simple pattern to make the most of the fabric, New Look 6960 which appears to be out of print now even though I only recently bought it:


Like the other dress, this is a very simple style but I really like that rounded yoke.  I made sure to use the pattern with fluttery cap sleeves (view D) because her day care centre is really strict on sun exposure and if a child comes in wearing sleeveless tops they have to stay inside and play, even though they slather them all in sunscreen. 

And look at this pose - she's obviously been watching her mum pose for photos far too closely 'cos unprompted she slid one foot forward and put her hands on her hips!


And before I overload you all with cuteness, check out this belly shot of my almost 20 week bump:


22 comments:

  1. The last time I made my daughter a dress she declared that it was 'yucky' and refused to wear it.

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  2. Oh my goodness, hasn't Anna grown up... that photo posing is a scream! She looks so good in red.

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  3. Ahh - both those little dresses are so gorgeous! And I think that photo of you both at the end of your post is just so lovely :)

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  4. Wonderful dresses! I've always loved little girl dress patterns. Very nice job! Your 'cheeky' photos are my favorites. ☺ Happy Thursday!

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  5. Those dresses are too cute. I really like the rounded yoke on the second one too. Those sleeves are perfect - cool, yet sunsafe.

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  6. Adorable! Looks like she's trying to do the one-foot-forward-hand-on-hip pose in the cheeky photos, too. How funny! Love the belly bump photo.

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  7. Adorable!! Anna's poses are too cute, and I LOVE that printed gingham.

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  8. LOL! I LOVE the photo of her posing a la your style. Perfect!

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  9. Cute as a button

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  10. Looks like she is just the right height too! Cute little pose... yep mom... she has been watching.. then again, maybe she is learning about the sewing part too!

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  11. Both dresses are so cute - I especially like the gingham one. And the bump shot is just gorgeous.

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  12. Both dresses are cute. And the pictures are also so very cute - especially the last one!

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  13. congrats on your pregnancy!!!
    such cute dresses!
    and i wanted to say thanks again on the inspiration for new look 6000--i have gotten great comments on it!!!

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  14. Cute dresses! I particularly like the gingham with the cute border - what a great find! You look lovely in your dress too in the last photo - great photo too.

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  15. Very sweet little dresses. Love the way she mimics your fashion pose. Too cute!

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  16. Cute dresses! And the last picture of course is the best of the lot :)

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  17. what a beautiful photo of you and Anna! You both look so happy with each other. Lovely.

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  18. Such cute little dresses and such a cute little girl. I just love the last picture of you both. So sweet!

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