This fabulous robot linen came to live with us last summer. But as each piece was only 1 yard, I realize I'd better hurry up and stitch something before 1 yard wasn't enough for a girls' dress. 1 yard was *just* enough for a sleeveless for my 7 yo.
Both girls wanted the pink, but Grace "clearly remembered" that pink was the color she had chosen a year ago. I reasoned with Molly that she'd eventually wear the pink one, too. That may have been a stretch for 4 year old logic, though.
This one's a basic sleeveless with invisible zip in the back.I faced the edges with bias tape.
The only disappointment is the armholes are rather large.
Both dresses are from the Japanese book Home Couture for Girls by Machiko Kayaki. The sizes come in 10cm increments (as opposed to Ottobre's 6cm increments), so the "out-of-the-envelope" fit will be a little less precise. And the ease is more generous than Ottobre's.
I thought I'd include some photos of the instructions in case you were curious. As you can see, the illustrations are quite good and, if you already know the sewing techniques themselves, I think are sufficient for putting the dress together - especially in the case of the simple patterns in this book.
I like the shape of Molly's dress a lot better - with the French-sleeves and empire waist.
The matching doll dress was actually biggest sister Sara's idea (since I wasn't making her anything from robot fabric!) A few years ago, my mom made this cloth doll complete with clothes and a little suitcase shaped fabric house from a vintage doll pattern -- and she traced the patterns for me. So I agreed to use the simple pinafore pattern to whip up a little dress.
Sara apparently takes my sewing mania as a manner of course because, while I was stitching this doll dress, she brought me this Doll Wardrobe Plan, complete with fabric recommendations!!
It was so funny - when I asked Molly to give me side and back views of her dress, she carefully held the doll so I could get side and back views of that dress, too.