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Thursday, 31 December 2020

More About this Site

Soon there will be pictures of my favourite projects here to help you navigate to the best bits. In the meantime, use the tabs or the search box. There are specific tabs for making babies' and children's dresses, and things, with legs (shorts, trousers, pants, PJs etc), plus a more general Make Baby /Child Clothes tab for other sorts of garments (e.g. skirts) and mixed (e.g. PJs with pants and a top). There are also tutorials on how to make children's clothing and accessories (dining room harness, playmat and gym, for example). I write up some reviews of free PDF patterns (and also provide some of my own. So enjoy the web site!

Monday, 16 March 2020

End of a decade Christmas dresses

As in some previous years, I made Christmas dresses for all my four grand-daughters. They are now mostly old enough to be very specific as to what they would want. Two wanted 'shiny' , one wanted rainbows and unicorns, and one wanted nothing frilly, preferably red. So here's what I made. 

Paper Bag Top to Skirts and Trousers (or pants, to you Americans!)

On a recent trip to India, I'd picked up some nice fabrics, all cotton woven, and I wanted to get on with making some summer clothes for the girls. One of my companions in India had bought some adorable little trousers for her grand-daughter in a shop in India, which only had very small sizes, so I wanted to make something similar, for the grand-daughter who will be three by the summer. The style is what I've seen called paper bag top. I'd seen a lot of patterns for 'paper bag' shorts and skirts, but I felt I could do this type of waistline / top without the need for a special pattern.

Once I'd started with paper bag tops, I couldn't stop! So I made 4 things: 1 pair of trousers and 2 pairs of shorts from a pattern, and a skirt from my own design.

In this post I'll be showing you the little trousers, top left. In another linked post, I'll give some tips in general about how to make paper bag tops to trousers, shorts and skirts, and show you the other three garments.

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Tiny Tulip and Pattern Review

Rose loves unicorns and rainbows type of fabric, so it was clear that I'd be using this fabric she had chosen for her Christmas dress this year. But we need sleeves for our Christmas dresses, and so few patterns have sleeves, especially long sleeves. Then I found P4P's free Tiny Tulip T shirt, which has a long sleeve option. I thought that would be pretty easy to convert into a dress with a couple of layers in the skirt. She loves it, and has worn it at every available opportunity since (until she got her new birthday dress - but she still loves this one).

To find out how I got on with the pattern, and for the links to it, read on.

Sweet Rose dresses - pattern review

One of my new favourite free patterns is the Sweet Rose Dress from Life Sew Savory. This was so easy to cut out and make up, even with the more challenging fabrics I'd chosen. It would be a dream in a more normal cotton woven, as made on the Life Sew Savory web site, and I'll definitely make more. Here are my first two attempts.

To find out more, and get the pattern link, read on.

Friday, 3 January 2020

Girls Pinafore Dresses

Pinafore dresses are such a classic idea for little girls, and I've been collecting ideas for free PDF patterns for several years now. However, free patterns come and go, so I though I'd write up what I've found as an aid to others. I've also designed my own free pattern for a classic pinafore dress in 3 sizes: 4-5, 6, and 7-8. You can find more about that here.

By pinafore dresses, what I generally mean is a dress without sleeves which is (probably) designed to be worn with something underneath, for example a T shirt or jumper.  I have to say that, as I am British, for me a jumper is a knitted top with long sleeves - what Americans may call a sweater. I'm aware that in the US, "jumper" seems also to be another name for a pinafore dress! And the patterns I'll be covering here include some that are called jumpers. I will stick to calling them pinafore dresses, to avoid confusion for my British readers. (One day I'm going to do a post on ambiguous cross-Atlantic terminology in sewing clothes!)

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Links for where to buy fabrics on-line (with UK delivery in mind)

A sewing friend and I recently did a lot of research on where to buy fabrics suitable for baby clothes. Many now are only on-line, but where they have a shop, I've mentioned it. So I thought I might as well share the fruits of our labours. Delivery shown is for UK mainland. I will keep this as up to date in terms of web links as I can - already two have been removed and three added in the space of a couple of months. So my apologies if the links don't all work. And by the way - I take no responsibility for prices or postage having increased since I did my research! 

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Free Dress Patterns for Girls - Page 1 of 2

This is part of my series of posts for free PDF patterns for clothes for little girls. I've already covered clothes for babies and toddlers.  For posts on babies from about 3 months up to crawling, see this post. I've covered older baby and toddler clothes up to about 18 months, in this post. And clicking on the tabs at the top will provide you with hundreds of ideas for clothes, as well as accessories for babies and children.

So this 2 page post now is for girls from about 2 upwards, right up to 12, and more specifically, dresses, which I haven't covered comprehensively before. I've found literally hundreds of free PDF patterns for girls' dresses, and used many of them. Even though I've split it, it's going to be a long post! Page 1 (this one) includes only patterns for girls that come in sizes up to and including 6. And page 2 of this post covers patterns which can be also used from age 7 plus. Though you will find a lot for girls younger than 7 on page 2 as well, as some of the patterns go from (say) 18 months to age 8. It may seem a bit arbitrary to separate them into the second page, but my reasoning was, there are lots of patterns for younger girls - not so many for the older ones. As you'd expected, being free, some patterns work better than others.  I've done my best to weed out the no-hopers. But I've tried to be fairly comprehensive - people like different styles.

To find links to patterns for girls from about 18 months or 2, up to 6, read on.