One of the reasons I wanted to learn to sew was to make my kids’ clothes. After I bought my first couple of Simplicity and McCalls patterns, though, I put that dream to rest because I had NO IDEA how to read and follow the patterns. They were simply too complicated for me!
Then last week when I was volunteering at my daughter’s school, there was an announcement about the Dr. Seuss-inspired Read Across America week and I knew I needed to make Bea an appropriate dress for the celebration. She’s only in kindergarten and not too old for dresses-made-by-mom yet.
I bought the Reese Peasant Dress pattern on Etsy because it promised lots of photos and many reviewers said it was easy to make. And it was! I whipped this dress out in about 2 hours from cutting to finish, and it fits perfectly.
Last year I traded some DS Quilts fabric on Etsy (probably not officially allowed) for a dress from Wild Olive Kids. I asked the owner for any advice to learn to sew dresses, and she said to pick a good pattern and practice. So I picked the Reese pattern specifically for its versatility with sleeves, ruffles, different fabrics, etc. I am so happy I did! I also bought two other dress patterns and plan to put them to use when it gets a little warmer out since they are summer styles.
Here is Bea posing next to the dress I traded for. She hasn’t had a chance to wear the Christmas dress yet because although it’s a size 6, it probably fits more like a size 7 or 8.
I happened to pick up some of that Michael Miller deer fabric on sale after Christmas and hope to make my other girls similar dresses because I didn’t have three daughters for no reason! I am linking up this dress to Melissa at Happy Quilting’s Trying New Things Thursday. This project was so much fun and I see lots of dresses in the future, as soon as I learn how to use my serger.