I made a dress for my daughter using a pattern from Knippie December 2019/2020. If you feel it doesn’t really look like the line drawing you’re absolutely right. The pattern came from a party issue of the magazine and it features a lace ruffle at the shoulders and a detachable overskirt. I am not big on ruffles and detachable skirts aren’t really all that practical for everyday use. I was looking for a basic dress pattern for knit fabrics and couldn’t really find anything else in my stash that fit the bill so decided to give this one a try skipping on the extra frill.
I gave my daughter some options for fabrics from my stash and she picked this lovely stripe. It feels very soft on both front and back and behaved well under my sewing machine. Sewing the dress was quite straightforward. Stripe matching was definitely more successful on one side, however, and when I got to hemming I realized this was probably due to how I cut the back bodice because the stripes at the back hem are definitely not so straight…
I followed the instructions for attaching the neck binding but this is definitely not my preferred method. You start by sewing the right side of the binding to the wrong side of the bodice and then fold it over to the right side, fold the other raw edge under and topstitch. I find this super fiddly and had to use a lot of pins to get it to look somewhat decent. With a solid fabric this is probably easier than when you’re also dealing with a stripe though. The V is created by folding the attached binding at the front and sewing a small diagonal seam. One advantage of this binding method over what I usually do is that the finish on the inside is very neat. I just find it a lot easier and faster to attach the binding already folded.
One of the annoying things of the current pandemic situation is that it’s not possible to buy matching thread. I didn’t have any dark enough blue thread left and in the end decided that topstitching with black thread would be preferable to waiting until I could buy matching thread with the risk that by that time my daughter no longer fit the dress.
My daughter is happy with her new dress so that’s always a win. I do find that the V-neck finishes a bit on the low side though. It’s a too cold right now to not wear anything underneath which now sometimes peeps out. Otherwise it looks comfortable to wear and that’s one of the most important things when you’re an active 4 year old.
I really don’t like sewing stretch fabrics, so anyone who makes a really decent job of matching stripes AND doing binding has my admiration. Plus, I really love those stripes 🙂
Thank you! Not all stretch fabrics are equal, some are a pain to work with but this one was quite well behaved. An overlocker and a walking foot help as well. And yes, these stripes are great!
I can see why your daughter is happy with the dress — it is lovely and beautifully made. The first thing I noticed in the opening photograph was how neat the neck binding is — so all that pinning and careful sewing paid off.
Thank you! She is wearing the dress again today! When she noticed it was dry yesterday she immediately said she wanted to wear it the next day so it didn’t even make it into her chest of drawers.
That is awesome!
That is a wonderful dress! It looks very professional to me and wow on matching the stripes so nicely!
Thank you! It’s quickly become a firm favourite with my daughter.