Category Archives: Simplicity sewing patterns

Dressing Gown for Children

Little One who is not so little now needed a new dressing gown. In the past I made her 2, one from fleece and one from towelling, both cut from the same simplicity pattern and the same size when she was 2.

Making a dressing gown

I have not idea how that they have lasted till she was 7! but they are rather short. So as I knew the pattern was a good one but only went up to age 3, i decided to re draft it and make it bigger.

Super soft minky fleece dressing gown

I loved that the ties were sewn into the side seams so the belt can never come off! I also let Little One pick her own fabric now she is older and I was really surprised by her colour and pattern choice. She chose this teal super soft minky with neon flamingos, I just wished there was enough over to make me one.

Rainbow Belle Disney Dress

Its that time of year again and Little One wants a princess of everthing dress…once again no pressure!

She decided this year for her 6th Birthday she wanted a the simplicity pattern that was of Belle from beauty and the beast, in rainbow colours.

the original Belle Dress pattern

Somehow I found rainbow satin and rainbow chiffon in 2 different shops (World of Sewing in Tunbridge Wells and The Range in Maidstone, Kent)

Then I thought I know this is the most complicated dress I have ever made, i think I should pattern match…what was I thinking

Pattern matching the rainbow

The instructions were great and I found it alot easier to make than I thought it would be.

Princess of Everything Dress

She looked amazing in it and better than that she loved it too

With a hooped underskirt

I really struggled to do rolled hems on the chiffon my overlocker just didn’t like it so most of it I did by hand!

china plate, dinner date

I fell in love with this stretch cotton brocade from sewing and craft superstore  

It reminds me of china plates my Grandma used to collect, always in these colours. I used

I don’t often make clothes from vintage patterns, but I do have a soft spot for duster coats and 1960s fashion, so this Simplicity 1284 was ideal.

I found it really easy to both cut and sew, even with the slight stretch.

I love a duster coat as it an alternative to cardigans and it means that the warmer months are on their way.

I even found matching sunglasses…already for a summer dinner date.

 

 

Tiny little My Little Pony for My Little One

my Little One loves her My Little Ponies, so when I saw this fabric at the Knitting and stitching show I knew she would love it. Only problem was I was on a self inflicted fabric ban as I am trying to sew my fabric stash. I decided to buy only half a metre and see if I could find a childs dress pattern that only need this amount of fabric.

luckily I did find one from http://www.simplicitynewlook.com/simplicity-patterns new season. I made a design decision to replace the frill with pompoms and just managed to cut the whole dress from the half metre. The only bit I have over is going to make pockets so I do feel very happy I met my Zero waste fashion brief this time.

The dress is nearly finished just needs some straps  to finish it off. I did end up making it bigger than My Little One normally wears as I couldn’t face wasting the fabric…photo to follow

 

Unicorns and Rainbows for the Simplicity Sewing Challenge

I finished my working toile for the Simplicity Sewing Challenge 2016 using the Simplicity 1206. I decided not to make it up in the fabric I had in mind as I’m keeping it for Littles Ones 5th Birthday dress (See my other posts about the birthday dresses I make her) Its a hand embellished ribbon sewn on to a voile and its going to be perfect for the birthday dress big project.

This fabric is from the fabulous Fabric Land Brighton branch. The Little One choose it herself and loves wearing it. I made a matching shoulder purse for her (not pictured).

I found it quite straight forward, until I got to the yoke and sleeves which were a bit fiddly, as if you didn’t get the gathering right the armholes could end up to big.

I would make this again, with the overlay this time. Just need to find the right fabric for it.

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Simplicity sewing challenge 2016
Simplicity sewing challenge 2016

Toile in progress for 1206 Simplicity

Summer Time Surprise Skirt

I have had this pattern for a while when I found this fabric at the fantastic <a href="http://www actos medication.farbicsgalore.co.uk”>http://www.farbicsgalore.co.uk on Lavender Hill, near Clapham, London. Some times when I buy a pattern I can only see it being made in the fabric in the photo, and this Simplicity 1695 was no exception!

What surprised me about this pattern, was the underskirt, as its not marked on the pattern envelope front or back!! Its not till you start reading the instruction you find its there. Actually had I know it was there I would have made the skirt before now as I had it in my head that it was only suitable for beach wear in such a floaty see through fabric.

When I cut it out I forgot to cut 2 of the underskirt so had to put a medium large split at the back of it so that I could walk! I had used the rest of the fabric to make a halter neck top the year before, so need to take drastic action. Sadly the free pattern that I used from a leading sewing magazine had not been drafted well…unless you had a child size neck on an adult body. Anyway I am now self drafting a new halter neck top for next year to wear with it.

I am also going to try making it again with some gorgeous black silk, with torn bits effect (sorry no idea what the technical term is for that) from Jigsaw, for a christmas party skirt, maybe even make a strapless bodice with it.

 

Summer Skirt