Evening Dress Patterns by Richard_Cataman

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									Pinny                                                                                                       Making your Dress
in this kit is all you need to make a beautiful garment, beautifully!                                       1. Using the legend, identify the pattern pieces for                                                                 7. Place the lining on top. Stitch along the top
                                                                                                            the size that you wish to make, and cut along the                                                                    section only, sandwiching the straps as you go. Turn
the dress pattern is printed directly onto the fabric and each kit has a choice
                                                                                                            lines. For the smaller sizes it will be necessary to                                                                 both through to the right way, and press so that
of sizes, which can be tailored to fit your child perfectly. A lining is provided,                          shadow the largest size for the hem. If your child                                                                   you have a nice neat top seam.
in this is in either a matching fabric or a gorgeous complimentary trim (or you                             is particularly tall, you may want to cut with an
may have a special piece of fabric that you would like to use for this purpose).
Extra ribbons and contrast stitching can also look fun - personalise just as you
like! A handmade garment is very different from a high street readymade. Take
time, enjoy it – it really is special.
                                                                                                                                                                         and you can use this to pull the fabric through
Making instructions                                                                                                                                                      to the right side. Will need a bit of jigging and                                                              discrepincies too)This is easiest done by beginning
                                                                                                                                                                         coaxing – the blunt end of a pencil is quite handy                                                             stitching at the lining, and following through to the
in general and before you start...                                                                                                                                       for this task. Once done, press flat.                                                                          hem of the dress (see illustration). Press open the
The printed lines on the pattern are cutting lines.                                                         allowance for a longer hem, and shorten at a later                                                                                                                          side seams.
Seam allowances (that is the bit between where                                                              stage. Or alternatively you could use a contrast             5. Take the front section of the pinny, and it’s
you cut and where you stitch) are all 1cm unless                                                            lining to add length. Or a little hidden underskirt          corresponding lining piece. Pin, right sides                                                                   9. Neaten the bottom of the lining, by pinning up
otherwise indicated, and all are included within                                                            that peeks out under... Oh the choices!                      together. Stitch with a 1cm seam allowance                                                                     1cm of the lining hem and then sewing around.
the printed pattern cutting lines.                                                                                                                                       around the armhole curves and top.
                                                                                                            2. For the lining, first give it a press - it has probably                                                                                                                  10. Next for the hem. I like to fold the hem over
the printed side is the ‘right side’.                                                                       got a bit creased in it’s travels. Using the printed                                                                                                                        twice for an neat finish (first a half centimetre, then
                                                                                                            pieces as a template, neatly cut out two linning                                                                                                                            over again a cm and a half), and often I will hand
Kits can easily be cut out by following the line                                                            sections. One 10cm deep for the rear section
indicated in the key for the size required. The                                                             and one 20cm deep for the front section (see
hemline on the smaller size is marked by a                                                                  illustration). Cut out lining for pocket and straps.
pointer (this is because a printed line indicating     in the original version, and in these PC times,
the size would be visible if the kit was made to the   it should be noted that it is also a bloke’s best
larger size). Cut the hem parallel to the larger       friend too. The point is don’t skip the pressing
size. It may help to mark it out with some tailors     stages – it really makes a difference to the
chalk as a guide before cutting.                       finish of the garment. Get out the iron! And of                                                                   6. Now take the back pinny section, printed side
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 8. Now to join up the side seams. Turn inside out
                                                       course the board too.                                                                                             up, pin the straps in place, 8cm from either side.                                                             sew this bit – although that is not strictly necessary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 again and right sides together pin the two side
To ‘tack’ means to make a long, temporary stitch                                                                                                                         You should ensure that the right sides of the                                                                  – a machine stitch will do just as well. It often
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 seams of both the dress and the lining. For each
that will keep the fabric in the right position        Do keep an eye on our website for hints and                                                                       outer dress fabric are together, and the strap lining                                                          helps to press the hem BEFORE you stitch too, as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 side, and in one long run, sew up the seams at a
before you machine stitch. You can do this             advice, or to swap tricks in the forum. And do                                                                    faces upwards.                                                                                                 this will help keep it level. Press both hems – lining
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1cm allowance. It is ideal to match up the join
by adjusting your machine stitch length to the         let us know if you have any great tips too, you                                                                                                                                                                                  and dress.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 where lining meets the front at both sides for a
longest setting, or even getting out a needle and      will be able to post these on the website. We        3. If you have an overlocker, you can neaten all                                                                     professional finish (this helps even out any cutting
thread. In fact, you could do the whole dress by       love to learn, and there is always a different way   long edges with your machine, and if not, a zigzag                                                                                                                          11. Topstitch around the top of
hand (though I am not recommending it!)                to do things.                                        stitch along all sides will neaten the seams, and                                                                                                                           the pinny and the straps
                                                                                                            prevent excessive fraying. Machine with one zig of                                                                                                                          too at a 0.5cm interval
A few back stitches when commencing sewing             Right, let’s get going! It should be easy to make    the zag falling outside the raw edge of the fabric.                                                                                                                         from the edge.
will ensure that your stitches don’t unravel.          the dress in an evening, and is achievable for
                                                       both the novice and more experienced stitcher        4. With right sides together, pin, then stitch,
‘An ironing board, an ironing board, a girl’s best     alike.                                               around three sides of the straps (the two
friend’ Actually, I think it was a washing machine                                                          long sides and one short end) at a 1cm seam
                                                                                                            allowance. This should leave one short end open,

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...almost done                                                                                                 Pinny                                                                                                      Pinny
12. Buttons – The pinny has three buttons. First                                                                                                                                                                          Dress kit instructions
let’s do the two at the end of the straps. Position                                                                                                                                                                       sizes: 1-2 years
the buttons at the end of the straps, with the
centres 2cm from the loose ends. Some sewing
machines even have fancy bits that do this, but
it takes only a minute or two to do it by hand.

                                                      14. Pocket (optional). I like the pinny without a
                                                      pocket too – it is a matter of personal preference.
                                                      Pin right sides together of pocket and pocket
                                                      linings, stitch round leaving a 7cm gap for you to
                                                      turn through to the right side. Press, sew up the
                                                      opening then position on the garment with pins.
                                                      Topstich into place 0.5cm from edge around side             Fabric composition
                                                      and base of pocket.                                         We use a superior quality cotton (100%).
                                                                                                                  Contents may vary from kit to kit.
Mark (with chalk or a pin) the position of your       15. Ta-da!
buttonholes on the top two corners of the front
of the pinny. And these button holes should be        16. Put on child and grin...a really big, cheesy grin.
                                                                                                               Washing instructions
made horizontally. Using your button hole setting
(even my machine has one of those!) stitch a                                                                   For both your clothing and the environment,
buttonhole. If you chose to use the beautiful shell                                                            we recommend that you wash at 30oc. Wash
ones provided then the hole should be 3mm                                                                      with similar colours. turning the garment
wider than the button. If you are using your own,                                                              inside out will protect the print from excessive
then you may need to add more width for a fatter                                                               abrasion. reshape whilst damp. iron on a
button – in this case it might be useful to have a                                                             medium heat, and we recommend that motifs
practice on a scrap of fabric.                                                                                 should be pressed on the reverse of the fabric
                                                                                                               (or under a damp tea towel).
13. The rear button and buttonholes should be
placed centrally between the two rear straps                                                                   siZE chart
as illustrated. The buttonholes should run
vertically, parallel to each other and to the                                                                  age              chest                 Height
left of the button, and all should be 3cm                                                                      1                50cm                  80cm
apart (the button will go in one and out
                                                                                                               2                53cm                  92cm
of the other). Once you have completed
the buttonhole stitching cut open
the buttonholes.
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