Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Summer sewing

I start every summer with great intentions of making dress and shirts and tops for myself and my two little ones - I'd offer to sew for Mr DC but I don't think he'd go for flowery frocks - and most summers I fail miserably.

This year was different - each girl has had simple handsewn dresses galore, with low cost cotton prints from our local travelling fabric sale.

I wish I could get away with flowers like these!


This is adapted from New Look 6478 - very easy, and works in cotton
rather than the recommended jersey if you extend the back
slit and add an extra button.


I particularly covet this one - it's embroidered sequinned linen and it sparkles in the sunshine. It also creases like you wouldn't believe but it's worth the ironing.





This one (which is tiny yellow rosebuds though you can't see them here) even works over jodhpurs when you're having your first ever ride on someone else's pony...



Adapted from Simplicity 4206 - originally a peasant style top.

25 comments:

  1. How fantastic! My Mum used to make me dresses and shorts, lots of shorts when I was small and I remembere them so fondly. I do make my own things every now and then, but do more sewing for the home now. Perhaps I really should give it another go.

    thank you for the tip about your fabric seller, I had a quick scan of the website i saw that he has a stall at a market every Thursday just down the road from me. How did I never know this?

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  2. Thanks for the tip off about the fabric sales - I've noted the dates in my diary.

    Lovely pretty summer dresses Dotty :-)

    Celia

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  3. Lovely dresses. I adore the linnen one!

    I love to wear linnen myself. It takes a lot of ironing indeed, but I love the glamorous wrinkles!

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  4. Oh, these dresses are lovely. I am sure your girls were delighted, and, I think you should make yourself something in whatever fabric you like!!! Who cares about what you can "get away" with?

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  5. I am loving the dress and jogpur look, only a very stylish child could pull that off. My mum used to make me lovely dresses, but I have two boys, so mo call for the sequins at the moment (you never know im the future - wink)

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  6. Beautiful sewing for smalls and everything but SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE your fabric seller even comes over my way!

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  7. You've done so much Val! I love all those dresses! Lucy x

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  8. They are all gorgeous but the linen one, oooh, the linen one, that's my absolute favourite.

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  9. Oooh, they're darling! Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could wear some of those adorable little dresses and look good? I'm so happy to see someone with little girls sewing for them too!

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  10. You are making me tired, with your gardening and sewing and whatnot. Please sit down immediately with a bottle of wine to watch US TV cop dramas to make me feel better.

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  11. Oooh they're gorgeous!! Well done you on such fabulous summery sewing :)

    xxx

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  12. lovely dresses especially love the fabric of the first one. will have to look into your fabric seller.

    xx

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  13. That's funny... my boys were never keen on me sewing for them either. Very pretty dresses Mrs DC. Love the linen one.

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  14. Very impressive indeed - I normally manage to think about doing it but never get around to it.... (plus I have "issues" with patterns...)

    xxx

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  15. Awww, what beautiful dresses. And your smalls will remember those clothes when they're bigger, just because you made them. I made No.1 lots of stuff when she was little - but she's into trendy things now, and home-made isn't trendy. Well done you - I hope you're justly proud of yourself? x

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  16. Lovely lovely lovely - clever you! I think I might hold off on the fabrics though, until I actually learn how to use my Gran's sewing machine.

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  17. Such pretty dresses...and lovely fabrics too, so sweet! Wonderfully done! :o) Happy Day ((HUGS))

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  18. Oh I sew wish I could sew! I have a vintage Kenmore but I can't find a manual for it!. Pretty, pretty tops!

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  19. What lucky girls to have made by mummy dresses. And so many too!

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  20. They look lovely and you make them sound deceptively easy to make too! Your girls are very lucky!
    Hope this week is better for you...
    Kimx

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  21. Val! Fantastic dresses! you have very smart girls there. xx

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  22. Ooh, the jodhpur combo is my fave!

    I had all sorts of good intentions to sew summer skirts for myself...bought great fabric and everything. But I got distracted by the video that came with my new-to-me sewing machine, and got so busy watching demos of all of the advanced fancy features that I forgot how to do the basics. Sheesh.

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  23. So impressed with all your lovely sewing! I have great intentions, but somehow very little seems to get sewn around here... K x

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  24. Just a thimbleful.....


    Oh lucky, lucky you to have two little girls to sew for! I had two daughters, DD1 and DD2 and would make dresses for them every week - with KNICKERS TO MATCH! And I also made matching dresses in miniature for their dolls - how about that! Then I got two grandsons - nuff said.

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  25. Oh so cute -- love them all!
    Blessings,
    G

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