Monkey’s Dress

With less than a day left before the exam, I thought I’d take a quick break from practice tests to pop in to say hello. And thank you, for providing me with plenty of quick diversions by blogging and posting your lovely photos on Flickr and on Ravelry. Whenever I need a short break, I stop and read some blogs, see out what my contacts are up to on Flickr and check email.

I have so many unblogged projects (mostly things I finished in late spring or early summer) to show you that I will probably have to break them up into several posts. Let’s start with kid sewing, shall we?

New Look 6688, Size 3

Pattern: New Look 6688, size 3

Made for gimmesanity’s Monkey, a brand new big sister.

This is one of my favorite patterns ever. You may recall that I used this same pattern for Celeste’s sundress last fall. I also made Beatrix a dress with this pattern last summer; however, she outgrew the dress before I could photograph it. In any case, I thought it would be nice for the big sister to get something special (other than, of course, a new sibling!) And what kid does not love to twirl?

The only significant modification I made to the pattern was to omit the side zipper. This pattern calls for an invisible side zipper that stops short of the underarm. I’ve placed the zipper in the past but it does not add anything to the garment, in my opinion, so I skipped it.

For the new baby, I made a quick pair of booties and a stack of square flannel wipes. I made stacks and stacks of these before Beatrix was born and we still use them every day. I pulled out my stash of flannel and sewed up some more wipes for the new babe.

Baby booties and flannel wipes

Finally, back in early June I made another light dress for Beatrix.

My favorite dress

Pattern: Butterick 3782 just like the blue daisy dress I made a few months ago. I actually sewed the two dresses at the same time but this one seemed to be in the wash whenever I had a chance to photograph it. I managed to bribe Beatrix to sit still long enough to take the pictures. The bribe? A steady stream of dog kisses. Ew.

Fabric: American Jane Wee Play Ovals by Moda

While I normally use doublefold bias tape to hide my unsightly neckline and armhole seams, I decided to try using singlefold bias tape as facing. I couldn’t be happier with the result! I dislike messing with linings and facings on summer dresses for a growing toddler so tape facings effectively clean up the edges without much extra work. To cotton purists, I’ve learned, using pre-fab tape is like lining your knits with a wool/acrylic blend; however, at the rate B is growing, the fiber content of the facings will not matter much.

Speaking of Beatrix, look who is developing some attitude! And right on time too, with her second birthday only a week away.


That’s all for kid sewing. There will be some quilting, some adult sewing and sock knitting coming your way after the MCAT. Until then, wish me luck.

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22 comments so far

  1. Bertha on

    Good luck with your exam!! All the dresses are super lovely, you’re totally my toddler dress-making inspiration!

  2. xtina on

    Those dresses are so cute, I want some for myself! Rock that exam! xo

  3. Sarah on

    Good luck good luck good luck! I’m sure you’ll do wonderfully.

    The dresses are adorable; I wish I could fit them!

  4. ann on

    good luck on the MCAT! if you’re half as good at the test as you are at producing cute garments, you’ll totally rock it.

  5. mai on

    super cute dresses! and i’m not a kid but i also LOVE to twirl :)

  6. whitedoyle on

    Good Luck with the Exam!!! I will send good thoughts your way.

  7. Glenna C on

    Good luck on your exam! I know you will rock it.

  8. Kristy on

    Good luck on the exam! I’m sure you’ll do great.

    The sewing is very pretty :) Looking forward to your next FO posts!

  9. Rachel on

    She’s very cute, and has the perfect attitude necessary for every diva model!

    Love the dresses, and good luck with your exams!

  10. alison on

    Best of luck on the exam!!

  11. Chris on

    Good luck!!! (Your sundresses are SO cute.)

  12. Abby on

    gorgeous work…. love the fabrics…
    good luck with the exam.

  13. Cassy on

    Very precious little clothes.

  14. Lawanna on

    Your sewing is just as amazing as your knitting! Gorgeous items as usual! Best of luck on your MCAT! Hope to see you on Saturday!

  15. tiennie on

    How sweet!

    Good luck with your MCATs!

  16. diana on

    What gorgeous dresses! B looks like she’s going to eat the dog in those pics.

    Good luck on the MCATs!

  17. gleek on

    wow, you have been doing a lot of sewing! i love monkey’s dress (and it appears that she does too!)

  18. Risa on

    Hope it went great today!!

  19. lobstah on

    Aw, I love Beatrix’s little pout–so cute! The pink dress is really too adorable, I think I would enjoy twirling around in it too!
    Hope your MCAT went well.

  20. alison on

    I love the dresses. Hopefully once I’ve mastered the machine a bit more I can try out some dresses, or shorts. Masses of luck being wished upon you, but I’m sure you done enough hard work not to need luck.

  21. schrodinger on

    Hope the exam went well. Those dresses are soooo pretty.

  22. Ann on

    Good luck on your exams. Gorgeous work & you are great with sewing.

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