Friday, December 5, 2008

Little Girl Dresses, Part 3

Have you been wondering who is the little girl who's been gracing the title banner in this series? Her name is Olivia and she is the cousin of Robyn, a young lady in the USA who with the help of her mother has been doing some photography for Boutique Narelle. Thanks, Ladies!

Olivia's mother purchased her outfit from B.T. Kids Clothing. The patchwork pieced skirt is a great way to use up small scraps of fabric left from other projects. The cost will be small and the cuteness factor big! Remember to click on the images to enlarge the detail.

Little details like the embroidery on the blouse do take time, and in stores like April Cornell, it's what you pay for. Purchasing iron-on motifs is one quick way to add the extra touch.

If you have a sewing machine that embroiders, secure fusible interfacing to the wrong side of your fabric, and stitch away!

Search Google for "free embroidery pattern" and you'll find loads of ideas. A quick web-browse found the following. If you have a favourite, send us the link!

NeedleCrafter.com

Templates
http://www.needlecrafter.com/patterns.html
http://www.needlenthread.com/2006/06/hand-embroidery-patterns.html


NeedlenThread.com

Patterns
http://www.craftandfabriclinks.com/freepatterns/embroidery.html
http://www.users.bigpond.com/charlmarl/freebies.htm

This little girl, just learning how to stand on her own pins, looked so adorable in her wee dress that I wanted to cuddle her. Mum suggested I might find that difficult seeing as I was the little girl.

Here's someone I did get to cuddle last week -- my 1-year-old niece Darina wearing a frock Nana whipped up for her one weekend. (Phew! - its hard to get a clear shot of a busy toddler!) The 3 purchased bows were a quick and easy accessory that perfected its sweetness. The dress has pleats across the chest, zipper at the back, and a tuck in the skirt which can be let down when Darina gets taller. She's wear a pink t-shirt underneath.

Here's the same floral cotton used as a ruffle on a denim skirt. The denim is a tube with a casing at the top for elastic. There is a patch pocket for putting pegs and other small treasures in. The ruffle is 1.5x the circumference of the denim tube. Both edges of the ruffle were hemmed, then the top edge was gathered and top stitched to the denim.

After my brother's wedding, Mum gathered up the ribbon off his wedding cake and brought it home. I stowed it in a safe place and, when his wife became pregnant with their first child, I had an idea which seemed hopelessly romantic but rather delicious. I would make a dress for their first daughter, decorated with the ribbon from their wedding cake.

This is that dress, but it was 5 years in the making because they started their family with two boys. Most extraordinarily, their little girl was born on their wedding anniversary, making the romance of my gift complete. At least, so _I_ thought. I crocheted a matching hairband, and used the remaining wedding ribbon on the card.

Have we inspired you to create something? You'll never find a wearer who enhances your creation more than a Little Girl will.

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