I know it’s been a couple of weeks since I last post here. Sorry!
Between the mandatory office work, there have been additional work requests (which I’m truly thankful for), a couple of celebrations to prepare (a First Communion and a Confirmation) and much more in-between, I hardly have any time left lately.
Hence, I decided to keep advantage of this “sewing-break” and take the chance to post here some cute dresses that have been long postponed.
They are all from the same company – Children’s Corner, and as usual these were all such a pleasure to sew.
I own several Children’s Corner patterns (they are only available as paper patterns, but totally worth the international shipping) and have yet to find one that I dislike. I’m usually attracted by their timeless yet contemporary lines. Children’s Corner are definitely among my favorites and ones that I keep coming back for more.
I should be ashamed to mention that this dress was actually sewn in early fall. We’re now heading for summer …
I had sewn a summer version (short sleeves) before and loved it so I knew a fall version was required.
Usually, I’m not a huge fan of peasant-style dresses, but this one actually looks great – the tiered skirts are not overwhelming and I love the way the bodice fits on my girl.
For this version I used a soft viyella paisley print and a deep-red ribbon in-between the skirt panels.
This dress is a size 7 (she was 6-years) and on these pictures it looks a bit large on her. But, trust me it wasn’t large a few months later (and she was able to use it during the winter season).
Next on my sewing list, was another Children’s Corner pattern that caught my eyes. The Stella dress features a timeless silhouette – it’s an unlined A-line dress with 2 different sleeve options, that would look great with some sort of embroidery in the front.
As my sewing machine doesn’t come with an embroidery option, I decided to add some interest with trims. I used 3 different types of trims to accomplished this final look – a turquoise lace trim, a white eyelet trim and a small sating ribbon.
I would definitely recommend this pattern for a novice seamstress – It’s a rather simple dress to sew and one that never goes out of style.
The nice lady at the local shop where I purchased my trims and buttons was very impressed with this dress. She said she always loved the way A-line dresses look on little girls. Precious, indeed …
Again a size 7, with some room to grow – I’m sure this one will last her to the end of the summer season.
(Yes, mom’s bracelet was needed for this picture!)
The Mary Dee is a sundress, jumper or pinafore that can be made smocked or unsmocked. It has a V-necked wrapped back fastened with buttons.
I did the unsmocked version using a Liberty print (quilting cotton). I’m totally partial about the wrapped back. Obviously my favorite part of this dress <3
I don’t even think the pictures make any justice to this dress – it’s absolutely amazing!
This dress requires a large amount of fabric but the final result is definitely worth it. On a side note, I did took a bit of length off this dress. The original was much longer, but I prefer it shorter (and there’s still enough hem to let down if needed).
My girl raved about the twirl <3
See, why I love sewing dresses? There are always so many options and designs <3
I think these are all wonderful. Don’t you agree? or do you have a favorite?
xo, Ana Sofia