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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I love to shop, but I also love to sew my own clothes, and am currently on a mission to improve my (fairly basic) dressmaking skills. I confess to going into shops and being outraged at the prices of some (not very well made) garments (is it an age thing?) and think "huh, I could make some thing at least as good as that for less" (is it something to do with coming from the Indian subcontinent?) So this blog details my sewing endeavours, both good and bad....I love to nosey through other people's sewing everyone can get to see mine.

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