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Ruby Red Childs Occasion Dress – a big wide dress please Mummy!

Little one is going to be 7 years old and she had already told me exactly what she wanted and she had even drawn it…no pressure then.

when she was little she used to call big skirts on dresses, super wide and the term has stuck.

Skirt and bodice cut out

Im lucky to have a large dinning room table, which can seat 16 but I use it to cut out all my projects and its handy when, every year I make a super wide birthday dress.

As Her birthstone is a ruby she wanted that to be the theme. I then had a look through my stash to see if I had any suitable fabric before we went shopping. I did have this lovely red velvet left over from a christmas dress I made myself so we decided that would be great for the bodice.

draping the cut pieces on the stand

So this is were I hit the first problem…I thought that the dress I previously cut before and made for her was a size 5, so I had to grade it up to a size 7… trouble was I had made a size 3 but didn’t make a note of it and so I then had to re cut the very mobile fabric several times to smaller sizes till i worked out what had happened. Moral of the story make notes on the pattern so they don’t get lost!!

Ruby red super wide skirt

In the end despite all the drama I managed to finish almost on time… she had to wear the dress with some pins in the hand sew roses.

RIP Mummy

I can’t believe that my Mother has passed away mmlp5oq. She taught me everything expect how to live with out her. I am taking a short break from blogging and will be back end of February 2017 with more stories of my sewing and knitting adventures.

Miss Clark, Fashion designer

Pirates and Parties, summer sewing update

Its been a really busy summer for me both on the sewing front and with my little one. Thats why I am only now getting around to doing my update on all my summer makes.

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Summer time, party time

Although I didn’t make this outfit this summer, I am so glad that she can still fit into this Vogue 7819 (occasion dress and jacket) which I made for her 2nd Birthday (she’s 4 now!) I made it with lots of room for growth as I hate the idea of spending all those hours making it and then it either doesn’t fit for only fits for a little while. The jacket is a really good idea, in fact I have used the pattern with her 3rd and 4th birthday dresses. I am going to do a post in the not to distant future about the 4 birthday dresses I have made her and my plans for a very grand 5th one.

These sun dresses were my favourite makes from the summer. So quick to do, thanks to the pre smocked fabric from one of my favourite fabric shops, Fabric Land I had a few hours (could have done with a few more, but them what fabric addict doesn’t need more time in fabric heaven) in their Bournemouth branch and ended up cutting these out on the hotel pool table (it was covered) and hand stitched them. They were a big hit with the girls and the other guests who had seem me cut them out and make them up were intrigued, some of them joined me in their crafting activities and I ended up creating a sewing and knitting bee in the hotel Bar.

Pink smock skull sun dresses
Pink smock skull sun dresses




Im going to the Sewing Weekender

What can I say…Im sew excited to be going to Cambridge with 50 other lucky sewers

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The sewing weekender