Sewing for Miss M

Happy New Year [and yet another Christmas dress]

There’s no use in pretending.

I’m totally hopeless when it comes to sewing dresses for my girl. I can always justify the need for one more (and another …).

But this one might be a be too difficult to justify as it was actually made on December 28th – a couple of days after Christmas and with no obvious reason for it.

But, I saw the fabric on my sash and I really needed to use it this year (next year, there would probably not be enough for a dress as I was already short of yardage for this pattern). I told you I was good at justifying yet another new dress 🙂

I used the Apple Picking dress pattern from Oliver+S in size 6 for the bodice and a size 7 for the skirt.

Late Xmas Apple Picking Dress 2

I have used this fabric before for a Playtime dress (here) and it was one of my favorites (too short and tight already).

It’s a soft plaid that wears and washes pretty well, but consider yourself warned: it frays a lot, so you might need some motivation for sewing with it (I nearly gave up a couple of times). Nonetheless, the final result is totally worth it 🙂

Late Xmas Apple Picking Dress 3

There are a few mods to the original pattern: I skipped the sleeve biding (short of yardage) and added a tiny lace trim to the front placket for extra interest.

This pattern is not as complicated as it might look (front bow, placket and double tier skirt) but ones needs to take some time to get everything right – obviously with Oliver+S instructions are flawless and pretty easy to follow (it’s rated with 2 scissors out of 4, being 4 the most advanced level).

Late Xmas Apple Picking Dress Detail

Obviously, the tartan fabric looks suitable for Christmas season but I’m determined to make it work until Spring arrives.

Oddly, I’m not a huge fan of ruffled skirts (or dresses), but, as usual, Oliver+S fit is flawless and it looks rather sweet on her. Again my only regret, because I run out of yardage, was not been able to add a few inches to the skirt. The bodice has some room to grow, but the skirt is already on the short side (I like it, but I would prefer a few inches just to be on the safer side).

Late Xmas Apple Picking Dress 4

My girl was not entirely convinced during our indoor photo session (too busy playing with Christmas gifts), but she did wore it yesterday for picking me up from the office and agree on a short session in a nearby park (not entirely successful, but hopefully it gives you an idea of the fit on her).

Late Xmas Apple Picking Dress

I wish I could tell you that this closes 2014 sewing projects, but there are still a couple (or more) waiting to be shown here (and most of them are dresses).

I might as well confess I have a serious issue of self-control when it comes to sewing dresses, but I’m sure I’m not alone (and it’s not as bad, right?).

Happy New Year (and the Warm Sewing Wishes for 2015),

Ana Sofia

30 thoughts on “Happy New Year [and yet another Christmas dress]

  1. Ana Sofia,

    I bought this pattern after seeing your lovely Liberty print version, but the tartan plaid with lace is even more arresting. What a beautiful job you did, and what a lucky girl to have such a nice selection of dresses. No doubt Miss M will tell her children about the wardrobe you made her with much affection.

    Happy New Year and new sewing projects.

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment Tamera. I sure hope she will treasure her childhood wardrobe memories (I still keep mine alive).
      Best New Year Wishes for you and your family 🙂

  2. A LOVELY young girl’s dress, A BRIGHT RED & DARK GREEN PLAID WITH SQUARES OF WHITE fabric! I LOVE the long tie in front, dropped waist with 2-tiered wide ruffle skirt, plain long sleeves, plus the double row of buttons edged with thin white lace in the front bodice to the waist. A TRUE CLASSIC dress pattern from Oliver + S!
    As your daughter grows taller, you could add a 3rd ruffle the same width at the hemline, using dark green or red plain fabric (since you have no plaid left) & place 2nd with the plaid ruffle as the 3rd/bottom ruffle.
    ANA SOFIA, again you’ve sewn a BEAUTIFUL dress that your daughter can be so PROUD to wear. THANKS for sharing these photos. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015! Sarah in Minneapolis

    1. Thank you so much Sarah – it’s such a lovely dress. Truly an Oliver+S classic pattern.
      I like your idea of a 3rd ruffle – the fabric is still available from some local shops (I just didn’t have the time to buy it as it was a late night sewing project). I will buy some next week. Thank you so much for the tip 🙂
      Happy New Year for you as well. Thank you for visiting 🙂

  3. Okay….that is GORGEOUS!!! I love the tartan fabric and sweet lace trim…You’ve outdone yourself yet again!! *And, we too have a weakness for sewing dresses…so, you are definitely NOT alone!

    1. So glad I’m not alone 🙂 (I kind of expected it to be like that, but one never knows).
      It’s so easy to keep sewing little dresses, right? They are such rewarding projects (especially when they are as welcomed by a recipient like my girl).
      Happy New Year for you and your lovely nieces 🙂

  4. Oh it’s so great! I think plaid + apple picking dress is my favorite. And yeah, girl dress sewing is kinda irresistible…I’m with ya. 😉 Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you Kristin 😉 This pattern was not a “love at first sight”, but it’s definitely a must on her closet – the fit is great (as all O+S patterns) and looks rather adorable on her.
      Happy New Year for you and your family as well 🙂

  5. Happy New Year Ana Sofia! Love this dress. Your choice of fabric goes so well with the dress design. It is really a classic dress. Very beautiful. I like lots the picture where your daughter is near the pond, very pretty.

    1. Happy New Year Maria 🙂
      It’s not easy to take pictures of her – this girl is always running, jumping or playing (fast)! I’m glad this dress fits her needs 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Deb!
      I truly love this fabric – it’s perfect for sewing clothing.
      Best wishes for the New Year for you and your loved ones 🙂

    1. Obviously, I have to agree with you 😉
      I just wish they would fit her a bit longer (usually I can only expect one season wear).
      Happy New Year to you and your lovely family Shelley 😉

    1. Thank you Janice!
      I already knew I needed to add a bit of length but I kept forgetting this when picking the fabric (I’m still need to remind myself to purchase 2 yards instead of one. Little girls grow so fast …)

    1. It’s a beautiful pattern – It took me quite a while to venture with it (not love at first sight I must confess), but the first time I made, I was hooked 🙂

    1. Oh Patrícia, deve ficar tão giro na tua Miss Caracolinhos 🙂 Os folhos não são nada pirosos (e até o laço na frente, que inicialmente me pareceu antiquado, cai lindamente) – nota-se que é um molde feito por alquém que percebe de modelagem.

  6. This dress is so beautiful! I adore the trims you used on the bodice. It has been ages since I have sewn one but I think it’s time to dust it off and sew another!.

  7. Tenho este molde ha imenso tempo… Mas cada vez que olho para ele da-me preguiça (parece ser bastante demorado). Ao ver esta versao em xadres… acho que vou fazer um vestidinho destes! Esta Lindo!

    1. Rita, eu já comprei tarde este molde (não foi paixão á primeira vista, mas resolvi aproveitar um desconto) e também achava que ia ser muito demorado, mas assim que o fiz a primeira vez fiquei rendida. O vestido cai muito bem (pelo menos na minha filha) e ela adora a saia (que não ficam nada pirosa). Está muito bem construido e a parte da frente não é nada complicada (embora neste caso tenha sido mais demorado porque o tecido desfiava imenso). Ah, e deve ficar tão giro na tua boneca 🙂

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