I’m glad this is finished…

Vogue 8380 completed - YAY!!!

Well, we’re done.  It took some time and a little frustration on my part.  (What do you mean you don’t understand the perfectly clear directions??!?!?)  But my daughter is thrilled with her little sundress.

It was quite the learning experience for me, being the first time I’ve coached my daughter through the process of choosing a pattern, fabric and notions through to putting in a zipper.  I must say, she found the directions very confusing at times.  This was potential material for an argument, so I finally suggested she fold them up and put them away as I would tell her what to do next.  It was better in the long run – she learns by watching and picked up on things very quickly with no fussing after that.

back view

I did goof in the measuring of her, though.  We cut out a size 4, but the bodice insert was too small, so I ripped out all her sewing and had her cut a size 8 and interface it.  Then I sewed it back together for her.  She was a bit discouraged at the prospect of having to do it all over again.

Then we put in the zipper.  An invisible one would have been ideal, but I didn’t want to go there, because that would have meant I would be putting it in.  I wanted her to learn how to put in a zipper.

So we purchased a regular zipper, and she put it in using these steps:

  1. Machine baste the side seam.
  2. I pinned the zipper into place along the seamline.
  3. She hand sewed it in place using a prickstitch the length of the zipper, keeping the length of the stitches and the distance from the seam constant.
hand picked zipper detail

I think she did a pretty good job for her first zipper!  Then she finished the dress by machine instead of doing a hand sewn hem.  She just wanted to wear the dress and not bother about the finishing.

There you have it!  I’m very proud of her, and she’s pleased with her dress.

Sewing School

Well, yesterday two of my daughters decided to join me in sewing.  Hannah is sewing up her sundress using my new Babylock Crafter’s Choice machine, and Isabella is learning the all-important skill of hand stitching.

learning to sew

Hannah is working on Vogue 8380.  It’s her first foray into sewing something for a real person – she usually works with my scrap box for the Barbie and American Girl collections in our house.  But I decided it was time she actually put a garment together, so she chose the pattern and the multi-hued cotton fabric peeking in the right foreground of the picture.  I had to dig out my old Pfaff Hobbymate from 1987 to work on my stuff so she could use the newer machine!

Isabella wanted to sew once she saw both of us starting in on projects, and asked if she could do some embroidery, which I spend a lot of time doing.  Hannah suggested Mary Frances Sewing Book:  Adventures Among the Thimble People since it has simple things to start with, and goes over the basics of hand stitches in a storybook format.

So we started with the apron.

practicing the slipstitch

Then she started work on a handkerchief, using a piece of handkerchief linen from my scrap tote.   She’ll be making four of them:  one for each American Girl who lives at our house, and finishing them with a blanket stitch in DMC cotton embroidery floss in the colour of each doll’s choice – LOL!!