Friday, 30 August 2013

Butterick 4273 - twice more for good measure

Thank you all for the lovely comments on the plaid dress - once again I was being hyper critical of myself pointing out flaws that probably no one else would notice at all! I haven't actually worn it yet, mainly because I don't have a jacket to go with it and it's been too cold in my office to wear it alone. I think I'll wear it a few times to see how wrinkly it gets to judge whether it's worth salvaging by dyeing a solid colour and taking it in a fraction, but I do like the idea of wearing a scarf with it to hide the mish mash of plaid at the neckline.

And I'm so glad you all liked the background fabric too - trust me you'll be seeing a lot of it in future, but it's a nice change from boring beige lounge which is usually in the background!

During my recent clean up of my sewing room when I was deep in procrastination mode I discovered dresses for Anna that I had cut out ages ago in a rare fit of efficiency, but had only sewn the pink and purple paisley version just recently and I forgot about the other two because I was busy with other sewing projects. But you can't leave kid's clothes sitting around in the UFO pile for too long because they grow so fast there's a real danger they'll become too small before you even finish them.

I'm currently taking part in a stash busting contest being run by the ASG, which ends this Sunday so now was the perfect time to finish them up. Plus it took a little more than an hour for each dress so no excuse not to finish them really! These two are the sister dresses to the paisley dress I made for Anna recently from Butterick 4273, an OOP basic A-line jumper style dress.

One of the dresses is made from a wide wale corduroy in a dark purple/aubergine colour that's been in the stash for a long time because it was quite a small piece. So this was the perfect use for it because there were only the tiniest scraps left after making this simple dress:

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Anna has been watching me take blog photos too often I think, because she's got that hands on the hips pose down pat: 
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I added little decorative taps at the empire line made from a purple polka dot cotton, which is actually from another dress for Anna that I'm about 90% finished and some natural timber buttons from the stash. The mix of colours and textures makes me really happy, I think it's a pretty look:

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The other version is made from a denim that has been in the stash a long time too - I remember buying it from Home Yardage in York St in the city where Lincraft now is - personally I prefer the old Home Yardage store, it's fabric were far more interesting. Actually I made a dress for Anna from this same fabric when she was only 10 months old, and a skirt for myself not long after I had Anna and there's still a little bit of the fabric left over still.

For this one I added some pink ric rac and buttons down the centre front, and was a bit lazy by using bias binding for the neckline instead of making facings.

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Please excuse the colour difference in that second photo - it was a cloudy day when I took that photo.

I've actually done of a lot of sewing this week but haven't had a chance to photograph or blog them. I've made a shirt and a scarf for myself, and have partly made a new shirt for Toby that I'm hoping to get done by Sunday so that I can count it in my stashbusting projects. I'm going for number of completed garments rather than most fabric used since kids clothes don't use all that much fabric and nor do my clothes either. I've surprised myself how many garments I've actually made since the beginning of this year - some months it feels like sometimes I just get my Burda project done and that's it.

18 comments:

  1. On top of being really pretty these dresses look really practical - layering for cold weather, no layering for warm weather! Your photos are looking fabulous too btw.

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  2. I loved sewing for my daughters when they reached Anna's age and the beautiful dresses you've made for her brought back wonderful memories. Isn't it amazing how quickly these make up and how a little embellishment makes them awesome!

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  3. Both dresses are adorable! I really love the little purple polka dot detail against the dark purple corduroy. Great pieces to mix and match. Well done!

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  4. I love both of these dresses, but the first one stole my heart with those tabs! What a great idea to add pattern and color.

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  5. Yes!!! Love the tabs!! Adorable!

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  6. so cute cute cute cute cute! LOVE the ric rac down the front bodice of the second jumper. :)

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  7. Oh, you make me jealous with so many garments sewn! But then I think it's winter for you, and summer for me... I'll sew more when autumn comes to the Mediterranean area...

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  8. Well those dresses are gorgeous on Anna. I love the little additions you made to them. If she is anything like my daughter, she will remember lots of the things you made for her like this - Oh I remember that dress! I LOVED that dress. It had polka dot strap/ a pocket inside/ Velcro down the front , or whatever. Of course , there are occasionally a few 'How could you have made me wear that - when you know damn well you couldn't get her OUT of it at the time. I'm sure Anna will love these now, and love looking back on them as well.

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  9. Those are such classic little girl dresses - and for a reason, like adorable! And the same for your model :-D

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  10. Great dresses. Love the purple dot detail on the dark purple dress. Well done.

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  11. Not only has she got the pose but the look on her face in that first pic looks really familiar! LOL. Great dresses!

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  12. Fantastic dress - looking forward to seeing your other projects. I am surprised with how much I have sewn this year, with my procratination and with working full time.

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  13. Those dresses are very pretty. I love anything with ric rac. All the best with your stash busting efforts.

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  14. The polka dots look great with the deep purple cord and I just adore the wooden buttons!

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  15. Two super cute dresses! My favorite is the purple one. Those button tabs are wonderful! I like a mixture of textures too.

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  16. Cute dresses for a cute little girl.

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  17. Super cute dresses. Also, I'd say you are "smarter" or "more efficient" instead of "lazy" for using the biased binding!

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  18. Wow.... you have been sooo prolific! Good for you. But, yes... I know what your saying about it seems like no matter what you take outta the stash it seems like there is still plenty. I went with my daughter today and bought fabric for Halloween pillow-cases for the grands... I really haven't bought maybe 2-3 pieces of fabric in the past year or two... it sure doesn't seem like stuff goes away very fast!

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