I finished my first piece of clothing for my daughter. It took me a long time, mostly because it is hard to find time to sit and sew and also partly because I had to read each step in the instructions 600 times before actually doing anything. By the end of the day, I am usually too tired to focus on something detailed (or reading and rereading instructions) and during the day there is no time chasing two toddlers around. Nonetheless, I got it done. And, I am pretty darn proud of it!
I have always found patterns rather intimidating. I am a pretty adventurous person but for some reason an envelope-enclosed tissue paper clothing pattern seemed daunting. Probably because I am more a make-it-up-as-you-go type person, which is good for lots of things but not necessarily for someone with approximately no clothes-making experience trying to make a dress with a zipper. So, I knew that in order for this to work, I needed to follow the pattern.
I picked this pattern (Butterick See & Sew B4765), which says in a big red box on the front “Yes! It’s easy.” I took that as a sign that I could probably figure it out. Well, when I got home and started trying to figure out what size to cut, it took me at least two nights to realize that I had bought the smaller of the two pattern sizes (A or 1, 2, 3 instead of B or 4, 5, 6). Turns out that was fine, the largest size in the A package (3), is just about right for my tall 2.5 year old. I’m sure if I was a bit more experienced, I probably could have altered it as well, but, if I was more advanced, I probably wouldn’t have bought what I thought was the wrong size!
So, here it is. I used some almost gauzy cotton fabric, which I wouldn’t do again. It was hard to work with and frayed a lot at the edges. Nonetheless, I managed to get it done, even if the stitching around the zipper is slightly crooked. Oh, and I wanted to take pictures while it was on, but I haven’t actually been able to get her out of her Cinderella nightgown to wear it yet. Ahh, toddlers.
Detail of gathering:
Detail of pocket (for adventure walks, of course):