I’ve been participating in the Kids Clothes Week Challenge, and so far I’ve made a dress for Mathilda – my first Tinny dress, and a t-shirt and some really fun pants to make an outfit for Jonathan. The last item that I made this week is for Veronica. And it is another Tinny dress.
This is the same pattern that I used for Mathilda’s butterfly dress earlier this week. The Tinny dress is designed by An of StraightGrain. The dress can be made in sizes 6 months to 12 years, and has a variety of different options for customsing the dress. There are different skirt, sleeves, collar and bodice options!
For Mathilda’s dress I used a circle skirt, cap sleeves and butterfly collar. For this dress I also used the same skirt option – the circle skirt. Veronica doesn’t like bulky clothes, so I figured that the circle skirt would be just right, because there is no gathering at the waistline. Also because Veronica doesn’t like bulky clothes I used the regular sleeve option, which I think works really well with the Peter Petal collar that I chose this time.
Veronica will be 3 in December, so I made this one up in a size 3. It is a little bit big on her, but that’s okay, she’ll grow into it soon enough.
When I asked Veronica if she would like a dress like Mathilda’s, she said yes, in polka dots. I already had this fabric, so that is what I used. Which, as it turns out, was a bit decadent, because its silk.
It is super light weight, Veronica just loves it. It was also really nice to sew with, because it doesn’t slide around too much, and, as long as I turned the iron down low, it irons into position really nicely as well.
The lining is made from a small offcut of ivory silk satin – a piece I had that was not much good for anything else really, but too good to throw away! It was perfect for this dress, I didn’t want to line it with the same polka dot fabric because the dots would have shown through, so a plain colour was just what it needed.
This dress gave me another chance to use my new invisible zipper foot – I am a total convert to invisible zippers. It is just such a neat, clean and professional looking way to complete the garment. And so easy to do.
I think I put the zipper just a fraction too high this time, it needed to be about 0.5cm lower, but its still okay.
I didn’t use any lace or other trim on this dress, I think that the all-over print, and quality of the fabric is enough on its own, and any further embellishment would make it look too crowded for my taste. So, the hem and sleeves are done simply and neatly.
I did stitch the lining by machine, even though when I made Mathilda’s Tinny dress I thought that I would sew any future Tinny linings by hand. It worked this time, and made a very neat inside bodice, however, I must have done it a bit unevenly, because, as you can see from this picture, it pulls a little on the waistline, just on the left side of the centre.
My gorgeous girl
Veronica loves this dress.
Which is a big relief, because she hated the last dress that I made for her.
But I think that this one will actually get worn.
Yes, that is a rather large pink teddy bear, it was raining outside when I wanted to take these photos – you know how it is with a 2-year old, when she’s in the right mood for taking photos you have to grab the opportunity right then and there, before she changes her mind, or gets herself messy and dirty.
So, I did the best I could and had her on our stairs, which is the place in our house that has the best natural light available.
Tinny Blog Tour
The pattern for this dress, the Tinny dress, has recently been relaunched by the designer, An of Straightgrain. To celebrate the relaunch of the Tinny Pattern, An is hosting an Open Blog Tour. Which means that I get to share it with all of you! If you click on the blue box below, it will take you to the link party, with all the different Tinny’s that are being made by sewists all around the world.
Thanks for reading.