Series 2 of the Great British Sewing Bee came at a time when I was just venturing into learning to sew. I hadn’t been watching it and while everyone was watching Episode 4 on TV, I was catching up on the previous episodes in between finding free patterns and reading extensive tutorials and vintage sewing books. I eventually bought the book from the series and hate to admit, but I don’t think I’ve finished any of the garments that were in it.
When my nieces bought me flowers and showered me with hugs and kisses, telling me that they missed me, I suddenly had the urge to make clothes on a much smaller scale. I’ve never made anything for children before, so thought I’d give it a go.
I looked through my magazines, pattern stash and other books. Then I remembered the Great British Sewing Bee Series Two book was lurking in a corner, gathering dust. The Girls’ Dress pattern (left) it would be!
The dress has a lined bodice, no darts, and calls for a 4 inch standard zip. The skirt is made from one pattern piece – one for front and the same again for the back, placed on the fold. I cut out the pattern for 3-6 years old. My youngest niece is approaching 3 and my oldest niece is 5, so the pattern should accomodate them both.
The pattern pieces were so small I couldn’t help but stare at them. The dress took no time at all to put together. The fabric I chose for the outer was a medium weight glossy satin looking synthetic material. I have no idea what it is, but it ended up being a bit too thick for the pattern, so the seams were a bit bulky. I opted out of a waistband and hemline trim.
What do you think? Have you tried this pattern before? What fabrics are best to use for childrens clothing?