When you’re in several Facebook groups dedicated to sewing patterns, when you see a sale for $1 patterns – you gotta jump on it!
Lately, I’ve been doing quite a bit of sewing gifts – including babies and kids.
Fresh Stitch Patterns has super cute clothing patterns for little people, so I picked up several including the Playgroup Dress, Playgroup Romper, and Lounge Pants.
We don’t have any kids, but I figured it was only a matter of time before I was in need of a gift for one or got a baby shower invite.
Sewing tiny outfits is actually quite enjoyable for me! They are quicker sewing projects, and don’t require much fabric. Plus, you can add really cute details like lace and pompom trim – as I did for this latest make!
It took me a while to get all the PDF pattern pages printed out, glued (yes, I use a fine tip bottle to apply Elmer’s Washable School Glue instead), and cut out.
I sewed up the Playgroup Dress in a kids’ size 6 for a friend’s daughter using a bright floral and geometric fabric from my stash I bought AGES ago – Modern Eclectic designed by Khristian Howell for Blend Fabrics. It is now out of print, but a few are still available on Etsy. The lining is a white, sheer voile I already had on hand.
Sewing it only took a few hours, and I enjoyed doing a lined bodice and adding white size 20 KAM Snaps. (I made a video showing how to install them – it’s ridiculously easy!)
Loving how this dress turned out, and the fabric prints are so fun. I’ve got several more yards of it, so hopefully I can make something (ahem!) in my size…
Ohhhh, and that mint green pompom trim is to die for! (I did use it recently in a summer outfit I made)
The Playgroup Dress (and Romper) patterns all have several different variations you can do for many looks out of just one pattern.
Have I mentioned how much I freaking love this dress??? Because I do. A lot!
The Playgroup Dress pattern was very easy to follow, has good color photographs showing various steps, and I like the lined bodice detail.
I did add the contrasting band at the skirt hem by sandwiching the floral fabric in between the turned under edges of the band, and top stitching for a neater finish.
Okay, so now I need more excuses to sew kids’ clothing – particularly girls’ dresses. After this one, I started designing girls’ clothing in my head and think this is something I want to explore.
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