a white linen smock from sewing for your girls-japanese pattern book in english

please don’t mind my lack of capitalization or the usual blogger exclamation marks. my cap button is broken and i need to buy a new keyboard…… writing without any exclamation points is weird. insert exclamation point here…….

so on to this little white linen dress.linen dress from sewing for your girls japanese pattern bookit was made from some white linen and trim from my stash and we took the photos on our san felipe road trip last week. keeping it clean while camping was  abit of a challenge. i hung it up in my car with another top covering it to keep it clean.linen dress from sewing for your girls japanese pattern bookI used a  pattern from my new Japanese pattern book that’s translated into English.

it’s called sewing for your girls…indexthere are some simple patterns like this one, but there are also some harder ones and i’d like to try the smocked dress. i’ve always wanted to learn smocking .

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the dress fit her string bean frame perfectly. the sizes of the patterns start at about a size us 4. i sewed a 110. about a 5.linen dress from sewing for your girls japanese pattern booklinen dress from sewing for your girls japanese pattern booklinen dress from sewing for your girls japanese pattern booklinen dress from sewing for your girls japanese pattern booklinen dress from sewing for your girls japanese pattern booki added a full cotton lining because the dress was a little see through. the neckline is finished with bias tape. biasdroopone piece of advice when sewing an a line dress or skirt, is to let it sit on the hanger or form for a day or two. because when the side seams fall on the bias, they will droop out of shape at the sides, becoming too long. above is what the side seams looked like on my dress before i trimmed them down to be balanced. i use a measuring stick and measure from the floor. the side seams were about two inches too long because they had stretched out.biasdroop2this is the little dress before i noticed the bias side seams had stretched out too long. it just looked out of balance so i measured from the floor up to the hem with my yardstick. this has happened to me a few times before. can you notice how it’s a little longer on the side seams? that’s not a problem with the pattern. not all fabrics will stretch that much on the bias, but still it’s a good idea to let it sit a day before hemming.

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-McKenzie

Comments

  1. says

    Such a sweet dress! I’d love to sew white clothes for Miette but she just gets it too dirty! And I need to check out this book because I’ve been looking for smocked dress patterns–I took a smocking class last year and I want to make a special dress using that technique.

  2. says

    I love it! Sometimes I forget how beautiful a plain white dress can be. I have this book and the smoked dress is on my to-do list too.

  3. olga Becker says

    I love this dress! The white linen and the trim are just perfect! Beautiful!

  4. says

    The dress is so beautiful, feminine and it looks perfect for warm weather. I’m always fascinated by withe clothes, but worried with getting them dirty!