My First Baju Kurung

 left: A group of Malay ladies wearing various traditional dresses on the first day of Hari Raya in 1960 (credit:  http://vintage-kl.tumblr.com )  right: A Malay lady in her traditional baju kurung. (credit:  http://memori-kedah.com/ )

left: A group of Malay ladies wearing various traditional dresses on the first day of Hari Raya in 1960 (credit: http://vintage-kl.tumblr.com)

right: A Malay lady in her traditional baju kurung. (credit: http://memori-kedah.com/)


Baju Kurung [bad͡ʒu ku-rung]

The baju kurung is a traditional Malay costume which loosely translated as "enclosed dress". It is a loose-fitting full length dress, consisting of a blouse, and a long skirt. The blouse is collarless, has long sleeves, and usually fall below the knees. The skirt has overlapped pleats on one side. 


Since living abroad for almost 6 years, I seldom wear my baju kurung. For some reason, donning the traditional dress is only limited to special religious occasions such as Hari Raya (commonly known as Eid here in the States). I still remember when I was in college, my attire for the first few years were almost exclusively baju kurung. Even during my working years,  traditional dresses were still one of my top choices. So what is it that has changed that stop me from wearing one regularly? For one, I'm a stay-at-home mom instead of a working mom. I don't go out as often as I did back in Malaysia. There are hardly any kenduri (feasts) to attend. I guess I could still wear it when I go for grocery shopping, but feeling self-conscious drives me to rather wear jeans and t-shirts: clothes that enable me to blend in with the rest. Hence, those dresses stay in my closet for the most part of the year. I haven't had a new one, made or bought, since I moved here. The old ones are still in good shape, and I can still fit in them. 

Yet, my take is different when it comes to the kids. Now that Sarah is older, and beginning to understand what's going on in her life, I would like for her to experience the tradition and culture that I grew up with. A simple thing like wearing a baju kurung is a start. I want her to be familiar, and comfortable in the dress. She has three baju kurung so far, and two of them are way to small for her now. She likes to wear them, and asks me to put them on her even when it's just a normal day where we stay at home. 

I've wanted to make a new baju kurung for Sarah since last year. I just didn't feel confident enough to sew one because there was no actual pattern that I could use. There are many tutorials online though, but most of their instructions are not clear to me. I did find a few which are comprehensible. The links are as below:-

Apart from the above links, I also used Sarah's existing baju kurung as a reference. The comparison that I made between the instructions in the links, and the actual dress helped me a lot in drawing patterns for the dress, as well as sewing it. 

This year's Hari Raya was the best so far since I got here in the States. There is a big Malay community here in Chicago, and our house is not too far from the place where the Hari Raya gathering was held by the Malaysian Students Department. It was a bummer that my husband had to work that day, but the rest of us spent almost the entire day visiting our friends who held open houses, eating our Malay traditional food, and catching up with each other. Here's Sarah in her baju kurung on the first day of Syawal. 

Wearing her baju kurung didn't restrain her from having a great time playing at the park next to the lodge where the gathering was held. 

It was a hot and humid day that day. Sarah's hair just went wild, so unruly, and frizzy. I asked my friend to braid her hair to keep it neat. She did a really good job, and Sarah didn't fuss at all about taking it down until we got home. 

And here's a picture of me and both of my grandfathers on Eid. I was probably the same age as Sarah, or perhaps a little bit younger. I need  to confirm with my mom about this one. 

NOTE: 

  • Type: Dress
  • Pattern: Self-drafted
  • Size: 3T
  • Date Started: July 11, 2015
  • Date Completed: Jul 14, 2015
  • Fabric: Jo-Ann Fabrics

 

Simple Spring/Summer Dress

This is the second dress I made for Sarah for her Spring/Summer wardrobe. Her wardrobe project has been slower than I would have wanted, since I have other sewing projects going on at the same time. It's also why I've been neglecting this blog for a few weeks now. Anyhow, this is the dress. It's simple, and has that clean cut that I tend go for, and most importantly, it's a breeze to sew.

I used The Owl Dress pattern from My Childhood Treasures.  The pattern comes with an option for owl pockets made from felt applique. I'm not into quirky things like that, so I just sewed a plain dress without one. I do have a feeling that Sarah would probably prefer to have the pockets though. 

I've been wanting to get clothing labels for a long time, and I finally did!  Do you see it in one of the above pictures? I also got some fabric care labels, and size labels too from this etsy store. I would prefer to have gotten the actual colors of the Sarah & Missy logo, but they don't do a black background. Does anybody know any good company that makes clothing labels at a good price?  

The pattern instructed for the front and back yoke to be sewn to the front and back skirts respectively, and for the seams to be finished with a serger, zig-zag stitch, or pinking shears. I decided to do a back placket to the back skirt, and to slipstitch both the front and back facings to the skirts. Personally, I think this gives the dress a more clean, finished look. 

Is Spring playing a Peek-a-boo with you guys? Sometimes I feel like it is. It can be so sunny, with a perfect temperature, one day, and the next day, it can get so cold that I have to put on my winter jacket. At least the  flora still makes its appearance! Here is Sarah in her new dress. I took her to a nearby park last week, and she had a blast running around like little happy monkey! 

NOTE: 

  • Type: Dress
  • Pattern: The Owl Dress, My Childhood Treasures
  • Size: 3T
  • Date Started: Apr 10, 2015
  • Date Completed: Apr 12, 2015
  • Level: Beginner
  • Skills: Cutting, Button Holes, Button Placket, Skirt Placket, Gathering
  • Fabric:
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1. White/Blue Cotton Sheeting from Denver Fabrics. 

Spring Geranium

Spring is peeking through! Most of the snow has melted, and the weather has been pretty nice this week. For the first time in many months, we're able to go outside of the house without having to bundle up ourselves. I might just get away by wearing flip flops soon. 

I'm eager to sew Sarah some Spring / Summer clothes.  She does need a new wardrobe anyway since she's growing like a weed. At least to me she is. The Geranium was the first pattern to cross my mind when I thought of what to work on first. 

The fabric is from my old skirt that I've never worn. I bought it mainly because of the spring like pattern. I spent almost a full day ripping all the stitches on the skirt. I ended up with a little bit more than a yard of fabric that I could use to make a dress from the Geranium pattern. 

Based on the size chart, I should be sewing Sarah a 2T. (She's three by the way). I did that, and it looks nice on her.  She could probably outgrow the dress in a few months though, which is fine with me actually. It gives me more reasons to buy more fabric, which is my favorite pastime. 

For a little touch of interest, I added tiny peter pan collars to the dress. I didn't finish the center back seams according to the instructions. Instead, I serged each of the skirt back pieces, and created a placket at the center back seams.

The next day, after I finished the dress, I took Sarah for a walk with a friend of mine. It was sunny, with clear blue sky, and the temperature was perfect. It was so different, from a week ago, when it was below freezing. I had to grab the opportunity to shoot Sarah in her new dress. Happy almost Spring, everyone!     

NOTE: 

  • Type: Dress
  • Pattern: Geranium from Made by Rae
  • Size: 2T
  • Date Started: Mar 5, 2015
  • Date Completed: Mar 12, 2015
  • Skills: Cutting, Marking, Basting, Button Holes, Button Placket, Skirt Placket. Gathered Skirt
  • Fabric: 

1. Floral green fabric from own stash 2. Grey stripe fabric from a thrift store

 

 

Butterick 4050 #2

I made this dress for Sarah to wear at her great grandparents' house when we visited them last December. The pattern is Butterick 4050. I sewed a long-sleeved version, with a peter pan collar, a few weeks earlier, blogged here. Twice, I made dresses from this pattern, and both times I had problems with the front band, and the neck edge of the yokes. I tried not to rush, and paid attention to the smallest details, and still the band and the neck edge just look wonky to me. The pattern is pretty straight forward. It's just me (which pretty much means I need more practice!) 

This is my new favorite color combination - rust & grey. The linen look fabric is from Joann Fabrics, and the rusty color is called Picante. The striped grey fabric is from a shirt that I bought from a thrift shop. 

I used plaids for the first dress that I made from the pattern, and it was quite an experience. Working with solid color fabric is so much easier, and faster.

I added two inches to the hem, since this is a size 1 dress, and Sarah is already three years old. The yoke/bodice fits nicely, but the skirt part, without the additional length, would have been too short for her. 

I took these photos when we went out for a walk, in the forest, on Christmas morning. It was drizzling for a few days ever since we got to McCormick, SC. It was such a relief to see the sun when we woke up that morning, that we just had to go outside and enjoy it while it lasted. Sarah wanted to wear her necklaces she got as her presents. We accidentally left her shoes at home in the midst of getting her inside the car. It was super early in the morning, and my dear husband just totally forgot to put shoes on her. On the way to her great grandparents' house, we stopped somewhere to buy her a new pair of boots. This was the only pair that looked decent at that time. Not too decent for her dress though. 

NOTE:

  • Type: Dress
  • Pattern: Vintage 1960s Butterick 4050, View B
  • Size: 1 (Chest/Breast: 20")
  • Date Started: Dec 12, 2014
  • Date Completed: Dec 16, 2014
  • Skills: Cutting, Marking, Basting, Gathering, Button Front Opening, Button Holes, Slip-Stitching.
  • Fabric: 

1. Sew Classic Linen Look Fabric Solid in Picante from Jo-Ann Fabrics 2. Grey Stripe Fabric from a thrift store

A Birthday Dress for A Three Year Old

Sarah turned three last week. I made her a new dress, and threw a small birthday party for her. It's really amazing that my little sassy toddler is three years old now. She's quickly becoming an independent girl, with an attitude of a teenager at times, and yet still sneaking up into my bed at night to sleep with me and her dad.   

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I used McCall's M5791 pattern, the same pattern I used to sew Sarah her first dress when she was still a baby. I wasn't quite finished with the dress when she wore it on her party day. The picture on the left was taken on the day of the party last Saturday and, as you can see, has less embroidery than the picture on the right. I finished stitching the embroidery two days ago, and I like the end result better.  

The chain stitch embroidery on the bodice is a result of a mishap. I was trimming the skirt seam, after attaching the skirt to the bodice. It was pretty late at night, and I was already tired and sleepy. In between trimming, I accidentally snipped both the bodice and its lining (you can see the hole near the area where I circled). I panicked for a few seconds, before the idea of covering up the holes with chain stitches hit me.   

The fabric I used was a nightmare to work with. It was very slippery, and I didn't cut it that well. I felt like everything was crooked, and I was at the point of abandoning the fabric, and starting with a new one. I didn't  though, because I was running out of time. I bought the fabric from Walmart a couple years back. I love the color, and that was the main reason I bought it. Yet, to be fair, the price was really cheap, at $1.00/yard. Usually, with a cheap price, one can't really count on the quality. The fabric looks and feels like chiffon, but I'm not sure at all of its specific fiber content since it wasn't mentioned on the bolt. The dress has survived its first hand wash, but I notice that tiny pills have started to form.

My favorite part of the dress is its skirt. One good thing about the fabric is that it makes the skirt flowy and great for twirling.

Sarah loves it too. She calls it a princess dress, and she loves to twirl in it.

She specifically requested for a rainbow cake, and she got a pretty tall rainbow cake with six layers of different color cakes. Unfortunately, I didn't remember to snap a picture of the cut cake, plus the lighting was terrible. I don't think I would ever do another rainbow cake. It took me 1 1/2 lb of butter to frost the whole thing!

NOTE:

  • Type: Dress
  • Pattern: McCall's 5791 , view E
  • Size: XL (Weight: 26-29 lbs, Height: 31-32 ins)
  • Date Started: Feb 1, 2015
  • Date Completed: Feb 7, 2015
  • Skills: Cutting, Marking, Basting, Gathering, Installing Zipper, Inserting Elastic, Staystitch, Understitch, Slipstitch
  • Fabric: Walmart

Vintage Dress - Butterick 4050

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A few days ago, I was mumbling, to a friend of mine, about how I need to update the blog. She asked me what I would like to accomplish by having a blog like this. Truthfully, I didn't really have an answer. I consider myself an occasional blogger. I don't allocate specific time to write and to post my entries. I just do it whenever I'm free, and, truthfully, whenever I feel like it. This might be counterproductive in terms of building followers. But one good thing is I don't feel pressured to do it. I do have this dream of creating and selling my own sewing patterns one day, but that's a long way off. I'm still struggling to understand patterns. For now, polishing up my sewing skills is my priority. 

I finished this dress more than a week ago. This is a 1960's pattern from Butterick. Although it was only available in size 1, the chest/breast and waist measurements fit Sarah, so I went ahead and purchased it from Etsy. I think it fits her nicely despite being a few inches above her knees. The sleeves are also a tad too short on her, which should be expected, considering she's going to  be three soon. The pattern itself is easy to understand. What made it hard was my choice of fabric. 

This was my first time working with plaid fabric. I bought this fabric when it was on sale for $1.99/yard from Denver Fabrics. Except for the yokes, front pieces, and back pieces, I was not able to match the plaids on this dress. It took me forever to play this matching game. For the front band, I decided to cut it on the bias to create visual interest, and to save me from more plaid matching. Those were the same reasons why I chose black cotton sateen for the collar.   

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"Before" Picture: The 1" cuff specified in the pattern is too wide for my liking. I used black cotton sateen for the cuff and ended up not liking it. The interfacing I used on the already-thick fabric made it too stiff. I didn't account for that when I applied the interfacing. I followed the pattern's instructions for sewing the sleeve placket. I think I did "ok" with it, but it was a little bit difficult for me to understand the directions.

"After" Picture: I reduced the width of the cuff to 5/8". I used the plaid fabric and applied the interfacing. The result is so much better. For the placket, I used the continuous bound technique, which I think is easier. Here are some links on how to apply the technique:

For a pop of color, I used yellow thread for top-stitching the cuffs, the front band, and the collar. 

NOTE:

  • Type: Dress
  • Pattern: Vintage 1960s Butterick 4050, View A
  • Size: 1 (Chest/Breast: 20")
  • Date Started: Oct 11, 2014
  • Date Completed: Nov 9, 2014
  • Skills: Cutting, Marking, Basting, Gathering, Peter Pan Collar, Button Front Opening, Sleeve Plackets, Sleeve Cuffs, Button Holes, Slip-Stitching.
  • Fabric: Denver Fabrics
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1. Ivory/Taupe Plaid Crinkled Gauze from Denver Fabrics 2. Black Cotton Sateen from Jo-Ann Fabrics

Peasant Dress + Apple Picking

I'm slowly starting to sew for Sarah's fall/winter wardrobe. Almost all of her clothes from last seasons are too small for her now. Of course, I will still buy some of her outfits, but handmade is always more fun. This peasant dress is a start. 

I sewed this dress based on this pattern from Scattered Thoughts of A Crafty Mom. I made a slit at the back center and added bias tape to finish it. Instead of elastic, I gathered the neckline, and sewed bias binding on it, extending the binding for several inches on each side as ties. This is an easy one, a great project for a beginner. 

The next day after I finished the dress, we went on a trip to pick up some apples! It was quite a drive, about an hour and thirty minutes away from our house, but it was fun!

 It got warmer after a while so she took off her coat.

It got warmer after a while so she took off her coat.

 She wanted to ride a pony.

She wanted to ride a pony.

 We let her do just that. She loved it!

We let her do just that. She loved it!

 I'm not sure why I mostly photographed the back view of the dress.

I'm not sure why I mostly photographed the back view of the dress.

 But here's a  front view. 

But here's a  front view. 

The Plain Jane Dress

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I bought this pattern last year for $0.99 when it was on sale at Jo-Ann. Truthfully, I was a tiny bit skeptical about how this dress would turn out. The actual dress on the pattern didn't look that appealing to me. However, I went ahead and bought it because I like the variety of options available. Plus, at that price, it was a steal!

Butterick B5624

The pattern size ranges from NB to XL.  However, it is packed in two different envelopes. One is for size NB to M, the other is for size L-XL. I almost bought the smaller size version because I assumed the sizes were all in one envelope. Luckily I noticed the label at the last minute and went back to the pattern section and grabbed the actual size I wanted to buy. The directions and illustrations were easy enough for me to understand. I did, however, have to read certain lines a few times before I was able to figure out what the instructions wanted me to do. I like to keep my patterns intact, so I traced them on a piece of stabilizer. 

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The fabric was from Jo-Ann. I love the feel and the look of it. It is very light and airy. It looks like linen but it's actually a homespun fabric. The fabric feels much softer after I prewashed it. I didn't know what homespun fabric was until I googled it. Originally, homespun refers to fabric that was weaved at home by women back in the old days. It's a type of fabric that looks handwoven, has looser weave, and is usually made from cotton or wool. The front and back of the fabric looks the same, and the fabric may have occasional slub that I actually like.

I bought the pattern in size L-XL and made the dress in size L. I'm glad I have another size to go before Sarah grows out of it. 

My husband said that the dress reminded him of clothes worn back in 1920s or something like that. I'm not familiar with vintage styles but it certainly looks very homy and comfortable to me. 

The details - two front pockets and back button closure using mother of pearl buttons. 

I call this dress the 'Plain Jane Dress' because it does looks pretty plain to me. There's nothing fancy about it, from the choice of fabric to the details of it. I love it though. It looks comfortable on Sarah and she likes it. I'm thinking of making another one for her, probably the sleeveless version.

NOTE:

  • Type: Dress
  • Pattern: Butterick B5624, View A
  • Size: L 
  • Date Started: June 18, 2014
  • Date Completed: June 20, 2014
  • Skills: Gathering, Sleeves, Pockets, Back Button Placket
  • Fabric: 
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Speciality Quilting Homespuns Fabric from Jo-Ann Fabric

Oliver & S Fairy Tale Dress

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I've finished this dress after more than a year. It's such a relief to have finally completed it. However, it will probably be quite a while before I use this pattern again, not because it's bad; it's really the opposite. I think I was a little bit ambitious when I started it. The great thing is I've learned quite a few skills along the way, and that is priceless. 

This dress, as aptly described by my dear husband,  was my nemesis. I kept procrastinating to finish it for a super long time. I started sewing the dress I guess somewhere in March 2013 (I'm not even sure anymore). It has been so long! I bought the pattern for a project in my sewing class, back when we still lived in Washington. The overall process was so slow due to a few reasons. I brought Sarah with me to the class, so my attention wasn't really focused on sewing. They were 90 minute sessions of one on one instruction. That sounds pretty long, but I just felt every time I went there, it ended so quickly. I didn't try to finish the dress at home because I wasn't confident enough to attempt it on my own. Plus, when I was at home, I just felt like I had tons of other things to do. Sewing obviously isn't always my priority even though I love it so much. Does that make any sense at all? 

I started this dress as a size 6-12m. The actual finished dress is a size 12-18m. Sarah is now 28 months. Luckily for me, she's a peanut compared to most toddlers her age, so this dress still fits her nicely. What happened was that I made so many mistakes with my first attempt. Since this dress was initially an in-class project that I did for my sewing class, I double-checked with my instructor before moving on to subsequent steps. Without doing any cross-referencing with the pattern's instructions, I just followed what my instructor asked me to do. The pattern asked me to: 1) Attach the bodice to the skirt, 2) Sew in the zipper, and 3) Attach the collar. I instead, sewed the bodice and the skirt to their respective linings and attached both pieces together. I don't remember when I attached the zipper but I had totally forgotten to attach the collar. It's all a bit hazy for me to remember all the details, but here goes:  I think the main reason why I didn't remove all the stitches when I realized my mistake was that I had already trimmed the seam allowances of the neckline to 1/4" and even clipped them. I wanted so badly  to attach the peter pan collar, that I did just that and sewed a bias binding on top of all the layers. It ended being bulky. It was not the wisest decision.

Note to self: ALWAYS go through the pattern from start to finish, and read the instructions carefully! 

 The 6-12m version sans the skirt.

The 6-12m version sans the skirt.

This is what happens when I get extremely frustrated. The zipper kept getting caught to the lining because I probably sewed the fabric too close to the zipper. The slippery lining fabric started to shred and it just looked awful. I was really at my wits' end. This was the result! What was once a dress looks as if it got terribly amputated. Yet, I'm actually glad I did what I did. If I were to just be satisfied with my mediocre work, I wouldn't have started the 12-18mth size dress from scratch, all on my own! Well, I had to do it on my own anyway since I quit my sewing class, and moved to Great Lakes, IL last September. I really miss going to that sewing class, and I miss Tammy, my sewing instructor. It was a fun place to be for me.

 The dress before hemming.

The dress before hemming.

I used a 1" double folded hem instead of the 2" as suggested by the pattern, because of Sarah's height. The 12-18m bodice fits perfectly for her, but it would have been too short if I had used the 2" hem.

 The tulip cap sleeves.

The tulip cap sleeves.

Does it matter if the sleeve's overlap is toward the back instead of the front, as shown in the pattern? When I realized it, I just couldn't be bothered anymore.  

I'm not really loving this dress, but I'm happy I made it. It took me over a year to finish it. I've learned a few new skills, and I think that what really matters. 

NOTE:

  • Type: Dress
  • Pattern: Oliver & S Fairy Tale Dress, view A
  • Size: 12-18m 
  • Date Started: March 2013
  • Date Completed: June 2014
  • Skills: Cutting, Marking, Basting, Gathering, Piping, Installing Invisible Zipper, Tulip Cap Sleeves, Peter Pan Collar, Staystitch, Understitch, Blindstitch
  • Fabric: Jo-Ann Fabrics

Where Did the Week Go?

This week went by too fast. Does anyone else wonder what happens between Monday and Friday? I remember writing about how I planned to finish this dress by end of the day last Saturday. A week passed by and it's Saturday again! Aaaannnd it's still not done.

I have been having some problems with the bodice lining. I think I had probably cut it a bit too small? I don't know why or how, but it did say in the pattern (it's Fairy Tale dress from Oliver & S) that the folded lining seam allowance "should be shorter than the collar itself by about 1/8" on each side". Mine is more than that, about three times as wide. I've fixed one side of it (shown in the picture) by ripping the neckline stitches, reducing the folded lining seam allowance by half and resewing the neckline with a 1/4" seam instead of 1/2". I did this because I had trimmed the seam allowance to 1/4" before I realized the mistake. Does that make any sense?  

Anyway, the weather was so beautiful today. We spent a couple of hours at the park and it was really great. Hopefully, I can get more sewing time tomorrow. I really need to finish this dress. It has been too long and it is starting to get on my nerves :-(. 

Sarah's First Geranium

I've jumped on the bandwagon and sewn Sarah her first Geranium dress. I made the dress right before our summer trip to Malaysia last year. She needed some light and airy clothes suitable for Malaysia's hot and humid weather, and Geranium seemed like a perfect choice. 

I did take pictures of her in the dress while we were there, but she was all squirmy and they turned out to be blurry. These shots were taken back in December last year. I had to put on an extra layer on her because it was pretty cold. 

 Our yard, yesterday afternoon.

Our yard, yesterday afternoon.

Speaking of cold, is it normal to have snow in mid April? We've had several warm days in last week. But yesterday in snowed again! We just moved to Great Lakes, IL in September last year, hence I wasn't sure what to expect. We were in Washington before this. I love winter. I think it's magical, but I am so ready for Spring!

Anyway, back to the dress. Sewing this dress is a breeze. True to what everybody on the sewing blogosphere have been raving about, the pattern is indeed awesome. The instructions are very clear, and most importantly, there are a lot of illustrations to help me with the sewing process. One couldn't go wrong with it. I really love that the pattern comes with a couple of design options, with a range of sizes, from newborn up to 5T. There is also an option for sizes ranging from 6-12, but one has to buy a separate pattern for it. Considering how versatile it is, I don't mind paying for another one when the time comes!

For Sarah's first Geranium, I chose to make a dress for her with a notched neckline, faux cap sleeves, and a pleated skirt. I used white and black polka dot fabric from my fabric stash. I bought it from Jo-Ann. Nothing really fancy. Now that I know first hand that the pattern works really well, I am more confident to use more exciting and sumptuous fabric.

The Geranium is definitely going to be one of my go-to patterns. It has this classic look with clean finish to it that I really love. It's definitely worth the money since I can make a few variations out of this one pattern. 

NOTE:

  • Type: Dress
  • Pattern: Geranium from Made by Rae, view B
  • Size:12-18 months 
  • Date Started: Jul 28 2013
  • Date Completed: Jul 29 2013
  • Skills: Cutting, Marking, Basting, Button Holes, Button Placket, Pleated Skirt
  • Fabric:
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White and Black Polka Dot Cotton Fabric from Jo-Ann fabric

The First Dress I Made

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This is the third project that I did in my sewing class. It took me a really long time to finish it. I started it way before I knew I was pregnant with Sarah. It was actually meant for my friend's daughter as a birthday gift, but I did not finish it on time. I have to admit that it was actually a pretty ambitious project for a total beginner like me. I cannot remember how many times I got frustrated with it and felt like tossing it aside. Eventually I did complete it -  almost a year later. 

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The pattern is McCall's M5791. I had to choose from a long list of patterns that was provided by my sewing instructor and I decided on this one. I like how it looked on the model. Yet I chose view F just because it has sleeves and there is a ribbon to it.

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 Jan 2013

Jan 2013

The pattern sizes range from S to XL. I made the dress in size M. When Sarah first wore it, she was one month shy from her first birthday. I'd say it fit her rather well. 

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I also made matching panties to go with the dress. The pattern uses bias tape to form casings for the elastics that go around the leg edges. I did exactly that but I don't really like the way they turned out. I would rather fold the main fabric to form the casings. 

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 June 2013

June 2013

Six months later and a few inches taller. She could still wear the dress but the skirt part was slightly above her knees. Now she's two and although she can still wear it (barely), I think it's time to make her a new one soon. I was skeptical before I bought the pattern. As I mentioned before, I love the way it looks and that was basically why I bought it. But I do remember the time I was standing at Joann next to the pattern drawers, trying to read the pattern instructions. I felt like I had a pattern panic attack! It was rather intimidating trying to figure out what all those hieroglyphics were. Anyway, I'm glad I chose this one. I love how it turned out. 

NOTE:

  • Type: Dress
  • Pattern: McCall's 5791 , view F
  • Size:M (Weight: 18-21 lbs, Height: 27-28 ins)
  • Date Started: July 2011
  • Date Completed: Apr 2012
  • Skills: Cutting, Marking, Basting, Gathering, Installing Zipper, Inserting Elastic, Staystitch, Understitch, Slipstitch
  • Fabric:
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1. Aqua & Green Floral by Keepsake Calico from Jo-Ann Fabrics 2. Dots Aqua & Grey by  Keepsake Calico  from Jo-Ann Fabrics 3. Light Blue Broadcloth from Jo-Ann Fabrics