My friend Andrea’s daughter Sopia is about to be one in a couple of weeks and she is planning a luau themed birthday part. She was showing me a cute hawaiian dress she saw online and wanted to order but it was over $30! It amazes me how expensive little clothes can be, so I told her I could make Sophia a dress. Little kids are so fun to sew for and it’s simpler because the pieces are small and manageable. I am not brave enough to venture into making dresses for myself yet, but I do want to brush up on my skills on making little kids clothes, especially since they are good gifts!
So I looked online and found some fabulous patterns on Etsy from Sew Sweet Patterns. After the fiasco of trying to wing a slightly complex dress freehand for my little sister last week, I decided to find an actual pattern. I generally hate patterns because most of the time I can figure out one by looking at something, however, I have decided that only applies to non-clothing items….at least until I become more versed at understanding clothing construction. What I love about the Sew Sweet Patterns is that they make them for the beginning sewer (which I am not) but that means they are simple and much more easy to adapt if you need to. For instance, when I made the bodice it called for a 1/2 seams and then trim them to 1/4, but I put in a French seam instead…it looked super nice and sturdy and took the same amount of material. I also did the straps a different way, only because I was easier for me because I hate turning things in. It is nice see people using different techniques though.
I chose Sew Sweet Pattern’s Hannah pattern (also my niece’s name!) for Sopia’s dress. It really didn’t take me long at all, a couple of hours maybe. I could definitely do this dress in 30-45 minutes once I knew what I was doing. The only issue I did run into was the fact that I read a pattern wrong and ended up with my bodice 1/2 the side as it should have been. I kept looking at the dress that was shaping up like “um, I am pretty sure that is wayyy too small.” Luckily it didn’t take me too long to figure it out! And it went super fast when I made the correct size bodice.
Andrea (and Sophia) loved the dress! And it fit perfectly. Andrea also liked that the dress was long enough that when Sopia sat down it covered her lap. Anyway, I only got one pic because Andrea had to hold Sopia up (she isn’t walking yet) but I will try to take some more pics later. It looks much better in person, I promise!
I think I might try to whip her up another little dress though, since that was not actually the one I intended on her wearing to the party. That was just the practice one.
I also made Sophia a name banner for her room.
Anyway, until then, happy sewing! :)