I've spent the last few days doing some dressmaking with my niece who came to stay. My sister asked me to make her a summer dress but instead I thought it would be quite nice to spend a little time helping her to make one for herself.
We chose a pattern to use as a base. It needed a little altering -namely moving the side seams and shortening the bodice. We then walked to Fabricland where she chose her own fabric, this white cotton with a large cherry print which we thought was bright and summery.
Having barely done any sewing previously, she did a fantastic job! Starting with the lining where any imperfections wouldn't show, she edged pieces with a zig-zag stitch then stitched and pressed the seams. We then moved on to the self (with only a little help from Auntie Marie!).
Charley had fun, and was thrilled with the result -though unfortunately we didn't have enough time to quite finish it completely. (Grandma is going to put in the zip -Thanks Grandma!).
I have to say, for a first attempt I'm very impressed!