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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Peter Pan Collared Linen


At mom-made-you-a-new-garment-photo-session-time, Grace asked if she could pose "like they do in the magazines" (meaning pattern books). Unlike in some magazines, I try to photographs garments so you can actually see them. Although she spends no time reading sewing blogs, she's still seems keen on adding some interest to my photo taking.


This is a fairly simple a-line dress with Peter Pan collar, patch pockets in the front, and a back zip. It would have gone quicker if I hadn't cut the back on the fold (where the zipper and seam are supposed to be, you know?) That's probably my most frequent mistake.


I cut the back apart at the fold. Because I lost the amount of the seam allowance, I ended up cutting the neck hole larger because it was already pretty high. And I installed the zipper on a 1/4" seam allowance. It worked fine, whaddya know?



I used Timeless Treasures I Heart Linen pink floral. The line also comes with pink or blue robots (watch for robot dresses in the near future). I think the linen is meant for home dec, and it's a little scratchy. Hopefully it softens up in the wash.


Interestingly, the Japanese patterns (at the least few kids' ones I own) come in 10 cm increments between sizes. Burdastyle and Ottobre both put 6 cm between sizes. This dress is size 120cm, and Grace is 114 cm tall.


The dress pattern is #8 from Home Couture for Girl by Machiko Kayaki.


The illustrated instructions aren't as comprehensive in this book as they are in some of the others I've used. Some of the steps are illustrated, but there is no clearly marked order of construction to guide you. However, most - if not all - of the dresses in this book are quite simple. The construction diagram itself would be sufficient if you've sewn dresses before, or have access to a basic dress pattern for reference.



19 comments:

  1. Your little model is so cute! Her poses made me laugh! The dress is adorable. I love patch pockets!

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    1. Thanks! I was laughing at her poses. I like patch pockets, too - mainly because they're easy, heh!

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  2. Seriously cute dress!! The pockets and collar are perfect. Your little model is adorable. She's striking some great poses!

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    1. Thanks! I love Peter Pan collars.

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  3. I think you have a future model on your hands :O)...a cute one at that.

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  4. Really cute! My girls are the same way. They love the photo shoot that comes with the new outfit. Then for me it's a guessing game if it will be worn again. I'm always delighted to see them pull it back out. It makes me feel successful! LOL

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  5. Such a pretty little dress and such a super pretty little model!

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  6. She's as cute as ever! Nice dress too, mom!

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  7. So pretty! She's a natural in front of the camera!

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  8. I love little girl poses! Too adorable. And a cute dress too.

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  9. Lovely! She could model for any magazine! Really pretty dress too!

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  10. That second photo.. oh my gosh, she's cute! Love the little peter pan collar. This is a perfect little girl dress.

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  11. I love that "magazines" to her are pattern magazines. Her poses are so cute! I have heard of washing scratchy fabric in vinegar to soften it up, but haven't tried it myself nor how it interacts with linen.

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  12. Beautiful dress Joy, and all the better for that excellent modelling. So sweet!!

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  13. best poses ever! also a cute dress. but sort of outshined by the Fashion Model.

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  14. That girl makes me smile!:) Love the dress...peter pan collars are so cute.

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  15. You have a model in the making. How cute.

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  16. Adorable, the dress and the girl!

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  17. OK, those poses are as cute as the dress! And she seems very, very happy with it.

    The book looks very cute as well. :)

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