Childrens Clothes

Wow! I can't believe my last post was so many months ago! I haven't exactly been idle. Quite the contrary: I've modified and successfully used quite a few patterns since the peasant blouse. I've played with many embroidery designs. I picked up a new amazing embroidery machine and several child dress forms.

The problem is that I'm short on time. My daughter Gabriela is 2.5 years old and the only times I get to sew is when she's asleep. And afterwards, there's simply no time to take pictures of the clothes and blog about them. It'll all even out eventually when she will start day care. But for now, I'm forced to keep it at one blog post per few months.

So here's what I've been working on most recently, during these last couple weeks. I started with the Simplicity 8430 pattern, but modified it to make the skirt much fuller and gathered, and lowed the waistline. The result was so pleasing that I made 4 dresses with this modified pattern for Gabby, and I'll be making yet another one. All the fabrics are cotton knits that I found on

And here are some pictures of Gabster actually wearing one of these dresses :) She loves them! They are comfortable and stylish.

I also worked on the New Look 6504 pattern. No alterations on this one. I practiced on some Tutti Fruitti fabric at first. Here's a summer dress that I whipped up. It's fully lined, btw:

But this was really just practice for what I wanted to make for Gabster for Valentine's Day. It's a corduroy pink dress with the most incredible applique that I found in the amazing Elen Mari Etsy shop. This dress is also fully lined. I chose to further decorate the applique with some ribbon, rick-rack, and I picked up special heart-shaped buttons.

Here are some more snaps of this dress and of Gabby wearing it:


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