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#12 Avery's Thanksgiving dress

It's been quite a while since I sewed something for Avery. This is mostly because between her sister's hand me downs, impulse purchases, and gifts, the kid has at least 2 kids worth of clothes. Recently, she's been asking about every project "is that a dress for me?", and she hasn't been upset to hear it hasn't been, but the Mom guilt was starting to get to me. Also, there are so many cute patterns for kids her age.
I've had Simplicity 1793 in my pattern stash for a while, and Thanksgiving seemed a good opportunity to try it out. 

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She was happy to model it.:) She wore the turtleneck with her school uniform today, but she has a lime green shirt to wear underneath on Thanksgiving.
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The straps cross and then pull through button holes.
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First thing we have to do is test out the twirl.
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She likes it!!!

The dress construction was fairly simple. The zipper (at the side seam) was the worst thing. I apparently fail at installing the conventional zipper. I eventually gave up and went with an invisible zipper.
I used 3 rows of basting stitches for gathering. Normally, I just use 2, but since this is kind of a special occasion dress, I wanted really even gathers, and the 3rd row makes that a lot easier. One of the rows landed outside the seam allowance, but once the gathered piece is attached to whatever piece it needs to be sewn to, it's OK to take out any visible basting stitches.

I'm pretty darn proud of how this looks from the inside too.
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I got the ribbon for this purpose, but I didn't think I had time to get it sewn on. Then I remembered I had a roll of 1/4" steam a seam, and I ironed that sucker in place. I'll go back after the holiday and reinforce with needle and thread, but this seemed like a quick and cute way to cover the ugly, thicker seams of 3 or more layers of fabric, and it will prevent shedding from the raw edges from following Avery around like pigpen from Peanuts.
I do still need to learn to use my serger. I want to see how well this holds up in the wash too since I think covering thick edges this way is a lot more fun.

I like this dress. It was pretty quick to put together it took maybe 8 hours, but probably should have been more like 6 if I weren't zipper incompetent. It turned out super cute and can be worn in any season. The pattern also comes with a size for an American Girl size doll, which I'd like to make sometime from scraps.


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Nov. 21st, 2012 06:42 am (UTC)
That is crazy adorable!!
Nov. 21st, 2012 12:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out :)
Nov. 21st, 2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
SO CUTE! Ive been thinking about getting that pattern for awhile now, I might just have to get it next time Joann has simplicity patterns on sale :D
Nov. 21st, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
It's worth the 99cents or 1.99 since there are shorts and the doll dress. The apron dress is really similar to the McCalls pattern I made for Avery back in March- just with an apron attached, which is only a rectangle of fabric. So if you have a similar tiered dress pattern, you can probably do this on your own without having to wait for a sale.
I didn't even realize it was pretty much the same dress until after I was done. I was too distracted by the cute details.
Nov. 21st, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
I love it!
Nov. 21st, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Nov. 21st, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
Love it - adorable!
Nov. 21st, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
That looks familiar! It came out awesome. :D
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Jan. 15th, 2013 06:02 pm (UTC)
Love your outfit!!! I have this pattern and was reading the directions.I have a question and I hope you will take the time to answer me. Is the zipper really necessary?? It looks like it would just pull over.
Jan. 15th, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
Re: pattern
Depends on the size of your child. It would have been a little snug to pull on my daughter, but it definitely would have been fine if I made it just a smidge bigger. She is 3 and growing out of her size 3 store bought clothes, and I made this in size 3.

My putting the invisible zipper instead of a real one was probably a mistake. The zipper broke on Thanksgiving day! I don't know if the invisible zipper wasn't sturdy enough or if I broke it during install or what. It was fine when she tried it on the night I photographed it here, but I wound up having to safety pin her dress closed on Thanksgiving because the zipper teeth kept popping open :(
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