Sunday, April 27, 2014

Free Pattern---A-Line Dress with Peter Pan Collar---Now Includes Sizes 4 and 5

Today I am very excited to post the free pattern for the A-line dress with Peter pan collar for sizes 3, 4, and 5 as per the request of some of the readers of my blog.

This is the link to download the pattern. 

Please print the pattern at 100%. Do not scale. The pattern pdf contains 1 pattern assembly page + 12 pages of pattern pieces. I have already posted a three-part step-by-step tutorial here. Seam allowances are included in the pattern as shown in the tutorial. Pocket is not included in the pattern, however you can easily make one by following the tutorial.

Please feel free to e-mail me at, if you have any questions regarding the pattern or the tutorial.

Note: My blog's link in the pattern assembly page should read, not Sorry for that. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Kids Clothes Week Challenge---Sleeveless Top

I made a sleeveless top for my little girl yesterday night to pair with the rainbow shorts I made earlier.
I did not have enough time to take some snaps of my kid wearing the top. So, I just pictured the top with the shorts. The fabric I used is a cotton eyelet fabric. I lined it as it was very thin.

I am happy that I was able to complete at least three projects. I had been procrastinating these projects for long. But now KCW challenge has helped me finish them all, so I can find no more reason to postpone any more. My thanks to KCWC organizers.

I made a skirt too, but the hem is not finished yet. So I am not posting it for the KCW challenge. 

Kids Clothes Week Challenge---Tiered Ruffle Dress

I made a tiered ruffle dress following the tutorial at Mama Says Sew. Although this is not meant to be a project for the KCW challenge, due to the difficulty level of it (it involves making layers and layers of ruffles), I opted for it because I had already drafted the pattern I had cut the fabric pieces ready, and my daughter was very excited, and she kept on asking me when I will make the fluffy dress after I showed her the dress on Mama Says Sew website and told her that I was going to make one for her.

It took almost four hours straight for me to finish this dress. But the final outcome was worth the effort. I first thought of using white and two shades of pink. But my little one has many pink dresses, also when I searched my stash, I found some fabrics in blue shades. So I changed my mind and ended up using the same nautical colors as in the original. Also I liked the cool colors and my kid loved it too.

Her tutorial was easy to follow. The neckline was a little tricky and needed some effort, but came off well.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kids Clothes Week Challenge---Kids' Shorts

I made a rainbow colored shorts for my daughter for the KCWC 2014. I self-drafted it for size 4. I am happy that it came out well and my kid liked it very much.

Some action shots:

I also made a ruffled frock and a skirt, but have not taken any photos of those yet. Will share it in my next posts.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Kids Clothes Week Challenge April 7--13, 2014

I am all geared up for the Kids Clothes Week Challenge April 7--13, 2014. Here is a bundle of fabrics I have selected for this week's projects. I am planning to use some of the fabrics from this bundle. I have some more fabrics in reserve too, if nothing works out from this bunch.

I have not been much into sewing lately, but KCWC is one challenge that makes me start some work with my sewing machine, without searching for any excuses. Let me see how far I can go with this challenge. Fingers crossed........

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tutorial---How to Draft and Sew an 8-Gore Flared Skirt

Recently, I made an 8-gore flared skirt for my darling daughter. Today I am excited to share the pattern drafting and sewing tutorial for this girly, twirly skirt.

How to draft:

I developed this pattern from the A-line skirt draft (blogged here).

The draft shows 1/4th of the entire skirt. Draw a line EF that divides the 1/4th skirt into two gore panels. Label them 1 and 2. Measure up from D at center front to a point where flare breaks out (example = 4 inches). DH = FI = CG. Draw a curvy line connecting points G, I, and H, which is parallel to the hemline.

Extend the hemline CFD on both sides. Let us add flare to gore panel 2. Measure out from D to width of flare (example 1.5 inches). Mark it K and connect with H. Repeat for the other side of the panel. Measure 1/8 inch (0.125 inch) from K and J and label them L and M, respectively. Join L and M. Trace panel 2 and add 1/4 inch seam allowances at the top and at the sides and add 3/4 inch hem allowance. Repeat this process for gore panel 1.

Now you have two flared gore panels.

Remember, these two panels are for the front right side. You will have to mirror these pieces to get the two panels for the front left side. And then use these four panels to cut panels for the back of the skirt.

How to sew:

Serge or zig-zag each gore panel before joining. Join the front four panels with a 1/4 inch seam. Open the seams and press well. Top stitch on both sides of the seams.

Repeat this for the back of the skirt. And join the front and back of the skirt.

Hem the bottom. Attach the waistband and feed elastic into it (tutorial here). And you are done.

After finishing the skirt, I realized I shouldn't have used a fabric with bold prints (you can see in the image that the patterns do not match at the seams). So when you make a skirt like this, better opt for solid colors or fabrics with small prints.

Bye for now! Have a nice day!

--- Flora

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Beautiful Handmade Gift

My mom gifted my daughter a beautiful dress she made when she came to visit us yesterday. She made this dress using the left over fabrics from three different projects. I love the color combination in this dress which I think is a little unusual.

This is dress front:

and this is the back:

The dress has so many details. A pintucked bodice front with ruffles on both sides and golden buttons on the center, a sash cinched at the center with a golden button, ties to knot at the back, and a gathered skirt.

Thank you mom for this lovely gift.