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Sewing for the ladybird: Simple A-line dress and skirt

July 1, 2015

IMG_1954A few weeks back I went fabric shopping looking for some fabric to make a knot cushion (from Mollie makes mag) for my daughter’s room. I spotted this beautiful fabric by Rose and Hubble and knew I had to buy a meter. It was not suited to the knot cushion and at the time I wasn’t sure what I would make with it but it wasn’t very expensive and I loved the design. At about the same time I bought the gorgeous new book from Wild thing dresses. This book is stunning and I want to make almost everything in it! It deserves a post of its own so you’ll have to wait a bit longer fo that. My sister-in-law has more recent experience of sewing than me and has made quiet a bit of clothing so one afternoon she helped me to make my first project from wild thing dresses, the simple a-line dress (which is the base for several designs in the book). IMG_1952 IMG_1945The dress is fully lined and we even found this cute rabbit button for the back. The buttons on the shoulder are purely for decoration (I’ve not attempted button holes yet). I love it on warm days as a simple sundress or on cooler days as a pinafore over a simple pink t-shirt.IMG_1970IMG_1942After my sister-in-law had gone home, I was left with enough material to make a toddler size skirt so I followed the instructions in this video from Dana made it and in less than an hour I had this beautiful skirt. IMG_1975 IMG_1963 IMG_1957I will definitely be using both these patterns again, as well as trying more from these two great resources. The ladybird already has lots of summer clothes (and summer days seem to be very infrequent here this year) so I will have to start looking for thicker fabrics for autumn which is a shame as all the fabrics I’ve seen (and love) are light weight cottons like this one.

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