This contributor post is written by Rachel of Sew Happily
Hey yall!! This is Rachel from Sew Happily, here agin to chat with yall about children’s sewing!
One of my favorite things to do is to sew the same pattern over and over again. I know, I know – it sounds kind of boring at first. In fact, it might not even be your cup of tea. But, I personally think there are some great reasons to do this.
First of all, you become a better seamstress. Practice makes perfect, right?!
Secondly, you get your money’s worth out of a pattern.
Third, it’s fun!
To make it not boring, there are some fun ways to personalize and change up patterns. Today, I’m sharing with you a basic dress pattern that I’ve used for my daughter, Reagan. I made four different versions to show you how the same pattern can be extended into different versions. The pattern that I used is from Collars and Company – it’s called “The Bodice Dress”. I paid $13.99 for this pattern at my local quilt shop so you can be sure I wanted to use this pattern a great deal.
Version 1: The bodice is made from a pale peach/ pink linen while the skirt is made from a quilting cotton from Wee Wander by Sarah Jane. I used a simple contrast peter pan collar and buttons down the back. The sleeves are puffy sleeves with a contrast band. My daughter LOVES this dress. She calls it her horsey dress.
Version 2: This one is so pretty, and will be a great transitional dress for the fall. The top is made from black swiss dot fabric, and the skirt is an anchor print chambray. I used flutter sleeves and omitted the collar. For the back, I added metallic buttons that are fairly small. It’s a little bit more of a sophisticated look for a 2 year old, but it’s fun (and I have a matching blouse!!!).
Version 3: For this one, I used quilting cotton entirely for the dress. The lining is a contrast fabric from the same fabric line by Bonnie and Camille (Happy Go Lucky). I used simple cap sleeves. The underside of the peter pan collar is made with the contrast fabric. This was the first one I actually made in this pattern, and I love how simple and perfect for play it is.
Version 4: This version is so classicly Southern!! My mother-in-law did the embroidery on the bodice for me. I used a pink / white swiss dot fabric, and self lined the bodice. For the collar, I added contrast piping around the edges. I also inserted some piping about 2 inches up from the hem. Then, the perfect finishing touch was the grosgrain ribbon.
1 pattern, 4 dresses!! Do you ever sew the same pattern over and over again? Do you change it up or stick to the basics?
Be sure to stop by Sew Happily next week, as I’ll be highlight each dress in more detail – and modeled by my sweet girl!! Take care yall!