Birthday dress

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Simplicity pattern 2320

Since dressmaking is my thing these days I decided that my baby girl should be treated to a special dress for her birthday. 
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I chose a pattern for this dress that I have not made before. Simplicity 2320. It’s one of their project runway patterns. The idea is that you have a basic pattern with parts that can be chosen to suit like different styles of sleeves and of course the embellishments are your choice too. I like the little cap sleeves and I picked a gorgeous elephant print that I bought online from Cotton Kisses.
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The first part of any new pattern is time consuming but once it’s been done the pattern can be used again really easily. I learnt early on that to preserve the original pattern I should copy the size I want onto new paper and cut that out. I use proper dressmaking paper as it’s see through so markings can be seen doesn’t tear too easily when pinning and you can trace the original pattern easily through it.
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Next step is to get pinning and cutting. I was careful with this fabric to get a column of flowers down the centre of the front piece.
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It’s not an easy pattern this one and must confess the square bodice piece had me muttering under my breath as I struggled to pin it to the front dress piece but at last things started to come together. It’s a satisfying process. I am sure anyone who makes and creates finds the same. Seeing things come together gives a sense of accomplishment which I’ve read somewhere is really good for us.
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I like to do french seams on my kids clothes. This is where the seam is enclosed. It makes a nice neat seam that feels nicer inside and less danger of fraying.
The finished dress is great. I am chuffed to bits and my little model loved it.
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2 thoughts on “Birthday dress

  1. This dress is gorgeous!! I’m stuck on step four and can’t move forward. 🙁 The instructions don’t make much sense to me at this point. Do you have any photos of how you pinned/sewed the yoke??? I hate to abandon a project, but I’m about the throw in the towel on this dress!! Many thanks.

    • Oh this was a nightmare ! That square yoke took tons of fiddling & moving about to get it all pinned in. I don’t have any photo’s sorry but I do remember it being a pain. Don’t throw the towel in try going back & making sure you havn’t skipped a step & then some jiggling. It’s achievable & my littlest is wearing it today actually !!

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