Two weeks ago my husband and I were at one of our favorite restaurants in Easton, PA and a couple entered with their adolescent daughter who had on the cutest dress with godets (the triangular pieces of fabric to add flair to a skirt or dress) that caught my eye.
Throughout dinner I kept staring at this dress and smiled because something about the dress reminded me of Amelia, my neighbor Janine’s daughter. Right then and there, I was inspired to sew! You see, sewing is a feeling. When inspiration hits you, you can’t hear, think or process anything else but how to manipulate fabric and guide it through the feed dogs. I had the perfect gingham at home and knew that I wanted to make this for Amelia.
The next day, I found @SewSimplicity New Look 6360 that is very similar to the little girls dress in the restaurant. What you see here is the end result.
I finished the interfacing, washed the finished garmet on gentle (cold water) pressed it and just delivered it. Gosh I hope that it fits!
Notions: one zipper, one hook and eye closure and lightweight interfacing for the arm and neck.
Modifications: I hate hemming but I don’t mind hand sewing other items (go figure) so I took the lazy route. Using my serger, I finished the raw edge .25″ because gingham frays and rolled the bottom once using a straight stitch. For a 7/8 girls, this called for a 16″ invisible zipper for the back. I could not find one so I used a 20″ and cut the end after stay-stitching.