New Look 6115: bubble hem floral print dress for a 3 year old teenager.

Can a three year old little girl have too many dresses? The answer to this question, in my opinion, is yes. And it was this precise argument which led to this dress being sewn. Meet Kezia my three year old daughter who has a wardrobe to rival that of Suri Cruise. Kezia, feeling left out that mommy was making clothes for…mommy….,wanted me to make her something, and so I pulled this New Look 6115 pattern out of the drawer, which I had purchased some months ago.

This is a lovely dress pattern, which is actually quite easy to make. I chose to sew view A which has a bubble hem and ruffle detail at the front. However, we don’t have any more weddings or big occassions coming up this year, and I wanted to make something inexpensive so chose a ditsy floral print and pink/ white candy striped poly-cotton from my local market, lined with a plain pink poly-cotton.

What I dislike is the number of pieces I had to cut for this “casual” dress. There are more than 20 individual pieces to cut and sew together, including interfacing, bodice facings and skirt linings. I think this dress would look lovely sewn in an ivory silk as a toddlers bridesmaids outfit, say with the ruffle picked out in a colour to match the big bridesmaids, and I am not saying I would never make it again. And I did use mock french seams to finish inside, and a Hong Kong finish along the zipper opening. So maybe, with the effort invested,  this “inexpensive” dress has now been elevated to something more than a casual dress. Either way, Kezia seems to like it. And I guess that is what matters. For now.

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

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