Recently I’ve begun sewing for summer. I know, I’m ahead of schedule, and it’s a pretty daring thing to do when kids grow as fast as mine do! But I’m trying to allow for growth. Annie requested some dresses for summer to play in, and I just happened to have the fabric to make it happen. I’ve found that I can use a busier print for sewing a dress and Annie doesn’t have to worry about trying to match it to something she already has in her closet. And I had the Camden Raglan pattern and a useful tutorial from Hey June Handmade.
Since Annie L.O.V.E.S. this dress from the time we made the Camden Raglan into a dress, we decided use that pattern again. This time, instead of using the swing dress tutorial, we used the gathered dress tutorial. Last time, the floral fabric was the accent, this time the solid fabric is the accent. We sewed the size 8 for Annie this time.
We used some floral fabric from Girl Charlee (no longer available) and some denim colored knit fabric left over from making Mr. Skirt Fixation a t-shirt. You can still get it at Girl Charlee, and it’s really nice quality fabric.
As you can see, we also added a ruffle to the bottom, which was the most time consuming part of sewing this dress! I just cut all the fabric I had left into 2” strips, gathered them and sewed them to the bottom. It took forever, but it’s a little girly touch that Annie loves.
Annie wore this Camden Raglan dress the day we took those pictures and has begged to wear it every day since. I’m still holding out, telling her to wait until the weather warms up. “Won’t it be nice to have a new dress to wear then?” I keep asking her. She just gives me a pouty face and goes to put on one of her (many, many) other handmade items!
I know exactly how she feels though, my favorite handmade item is usually the most recent one! Lucky for her, this isn’t the only new garment she’s gotten recently, as evidenced by this skirt. And stay tuned for more…
Leave a comment, do you sew ahead for your kids? What do you do if they ask to wear it?
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