Great British Sewing Bee Book – Girls Dress


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 Great British Sewing Bee Book Girls Dressme 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.

Great British Sewing Bee Book Girls Dress

What do you think? Have you tried this pattern before? What fabrics are best to use for childrens clothing?

3 thoughts on “Great British Sewing Bee Book – Girls Dress

  1. Pingback: Great British Sewing Bee Book – Aztec Leggings | Thimble Minds

  2. That looks very impressive, especially the bodice. A cheat’s way to make a lovely child’s dress is using a tee-shirt for the top part. I used this:
    which has very clear instructions. I’ve done it twice, long sleeved shirt with pleated add-on skirt, and short sleeved with gathered on skirt.
    Make sure you use the iron-on facing strip – it really works!

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