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Geranium Dress for Ava

Sorry that it has been a while since I’ve posted everyone! The Adelaide Fringe Festival is happening at the moment so my entire life has turned into performing, watching shows, eating, (some) sleeping then rinse and repeat. I’ve had very little time for sewing! But my season finished on the weekend so hopefully time will be a little easier to come by. Here is a cheeky pic of me with some audience members in the costume I made for the show! If anyone is interested in more details about the costume I can do a post on it.

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But moving along to my latest completed project – a teensie weensie dress for my beautiful niece, Ava! I actually finished this a little while ago but I had to delay my post until my sister received the parcel in Townsville where she lives.

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Isn’t it adorable? I love little kids clothes – they make me all clucky 😉 I used the Geranium dress pattern by Made By Rae because I had read good things about it. This was the first time I have made a piece of clothing for someone else and it was a good motivator – I was very careful and patient with all the steps to get it just right! The fabric was actually used to decorate the tables at my sisters wedding last year when Ava was still a baby bump – so I kind of liked that!

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This was also the first time I had lined something – and it was really neat to practice on something miniature! I’m really pleased with how it turned out – I do wish it was a little bit neater around the armholes (there is a bit of puckering there) but on the whole I think it worked great. I finished the dress with French seams in the hopes that this would be nice on the skin rather than zig-zagged seams as I don’t have an over locker.

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There were a lot of firsts for me with this dress – it was also my first attempt at buttons and button holes. I’m sad to say that the button holes are not very neat – I just realised that I don’t have a picture of them, but they are not very straight or even! Fortunately the buttons themselves are really cute and they kind of hide the dodgy buttonholes. I used flat buttons so that it would be comfortable for Ava when she is lying down. You can see that the edge of the bodice doesn’t quite line-up. I adjusted the buttons a couple of times but unfortunately this was as close as I could get it because of the dodgy buttonholes I had sewn. Ah well – if my sis and Ava likes this dress I might make a couple more, so hopefully I’ll get it perfect next time!

Hopefully Ava likes it (and her mum too!). What are you all working on at the moment? I have a couple of things on the go, including Victory Pattern’s Madeleine skirt and Colette Patterns’ Violet blouse. More on those later! Bye for now!