Kids Clothes Week (KCW)- day 1- little girls halter dress

So my first hour of sewing for KCW was primarily spent cutting and I started sewing one of the patterns I thought I would probably get around to doing later. But the pattern is ONE pattern piece and promised to be quick and easy so I couldn’t resist starting with it. I chose a retro inspired cotton I thought would have a  very Summery feel. It also reminded me a lot of the popular Scandi type prints you can find and of Marimekko’s fabric prints… My only concern was that the dress itself might be a bit short, based on the picture- I guess that as the fashion in the 1970s. I decided not to worry about it… if push came to shove I could always lengthen it with some cool lace in the future. The pattern can be found in Enid Gilchrist’s “Under 5 Fashions”.

I was going to use purchased bias binding but in the end thought self-bias was going to look prettier. A contrast blue would have worked if I had had any on hand. Hopefully I will finish this tomorrow.

Would I recommend this? Absolutely. A good quick dress to make. I might try it in Liberty tana lawn next time! Its the sort of style that really lets the fabric “lead”.

Enid Gilchrist's halter dress for a 3-4 year old

Enid Gilchrist’s halter dress for a 3-4 year old… you can see the self bias attached to the back of the ready made dress on the right. Not finished yet though…

 

The back of the halter sun dress as featured in the pattern book

The back of the halter sun dress as featured in the pattern book

For the elna SU converts out here, here is an advert from the back of Enid Gilchrist's Baby Book... from the days when my treasured elna was cutting edge and all the rage! I also like the little spell on the advert... dreaming of making kids clothes, yep, that's right...! ;)

For the elna SU converts out here, here is an advert from the back of Enid Gilchrist’s Baby Book… from the days when my treasured elna was cutting edge and all the rage! I also like the little spell on the advert… dreaming of making kids clothes, yep, that’s right…! 😉

For the elna lovers out there, here is a vintage advert on the back of one of my pattern books….

 

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