Linen and lace..

I have recently gotten interested in children’s wear, something I can wholly attribute to the hours I spend on Pinterest…I especially love unusual silhouettes (read simple cuts) and colors for kids, probably a reaction to the multitude of over designed, highly embellished tacky clothing I find around me. I went to my usual fabric market in Bangalore a while ago, and dove into a pile of linen fabrics and came out holding meters of this beautiful cloth, in cream, white, pink, yellow and lilac…

This dress i made for my little girl, was with the cream linen..i wanted a boxy silhouette, so chose to do a flat kimono sleeve bodice and a pleated skirt…I’ll show you how to alter the pattern &if you have a bodice pattern ready, you can make these changes to it and try it out.. Full dress pic

 

Full back pic

 

I used some vintage lace i found, trolling a flea market in Amsterdam…it just looks so delicious together, me thinks..

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How do you like my hand embroidery?…okay, this is my first time doing it and it wasn’t too bad..just a bit of french knots and chain stitching..thanks to the blog “Sublime Stitching“, i can say that i love making french knots..you want me to cover up an entire bodice with it? ill do it..see if i cant..:D

close up back

 

 

front

 

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I lined the entire dress (my daughter would complain if the dress is too scratchy..she’s so fussy sometimes)because it is the neatest and most efficient way to finish the dress and it makes the dress so durable..I’ve used soft cambric cotton in off white. The skirt lining was sewn by hand to the fashion fabric.

Pattern alteration

kimono sleeve pattern

 

Changes to the basic bodice (front and back) :

1. shoulder line raised by 1 cm

2. Armhole lowered by 2 cms

3. Empire line increased by 2 cms

Decide on the length of the sleeve and draw a line from that point to the empire line. I more or less cut a straight line from the sleeve to the empire line.

Hope you try it and out and let me know..:) Would love to see it..

Cheers!

 

 

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