Friday, September 6, 2013

Finished Notting Hill Dress

I actually finished this dress a few weeks ago but haven't taken the time to share it yet.
Notting Hill Dress 3
The pattern is a combination of a couple of different designs in "Little Girls, Big Style." The patterns in the book only go up to a size 6, and my little girl is growing so fast, I figured I'd better make it before she got any bigger! It wouldn't be hard to alter the pattern to a larger size, but I'm glad I didn't have to. This was my first time shirring and it went pretty well. I didn't get quite as much gathering as I would have liked, but it does have plenty of shape so I'm still satisfied with the results.
Notting Hill Dress 1
My munchkin likes her new dress! Little brother had to get in on the photo action too.
I love the 3/4 length sleeves and the bias plaid.
Notting Hill Dress 2
I'm linking up to "Finish it Up Friday" at Crazy Mom Quilts. Not a quilt this time, but who doesn't love Joel Dewberry fabric?


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    1. Shirring is a way of gathering. You use elastic thread in the bobbin and regular thread on top. You sew on pre-marked lines and it gathers up the area for you. It worked pretty well, but I will definitely practice this more in the future. There were instructions on how to do it in the book, and you can find tutorials online as well. This pattern had three rows of shirring on the sleeves and four rows around the waist.

  2. I love it! Great job on the shirring! Hope you're able to get a bit more use out of the book. I'm in the same boat with my daughter. :)


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