I love sewing. It’s therapeutic, from getting an idea in your head, to selecting fabric combos, to cutting, to seeing the garment slowly take form, to stitching the final stitches. Knowing that I have an original.
My daughter turned 6 a few days ago and I got it in my head to make her a fancy dress. She LOVES my dresses I make for her, so while looking through old photos, I got it in my head to follow one of the first patterns I ever made for her, but in her current size, the CKC Larkin. This was at the beginning of my sewing journeys, when I was first learning and really had no clue what I was doing! I remember reading the directions and thinking to myself, there sure seems like a lot of pointless steps (finishing the seams) and I skipped a lot of stuff.
I learned the hard way that finishing seams is so important, as I was constantly cutting loose threads afterwards! I LOVED this dress and was so sad to see it go 😦
Let’s fast forward to last week. I made that dress in March of 2015, so my daughter was about to turn 2. Since then, I’ve kept the same sewing machine, but now own a serger and a coverstitch machine. And they are game changers for woven fabrics!
So this dress began with some ideas. I started by picking some fabrics and texting my mom and sisters for some opinions.
They voted gold and this dress had began!
I construct all garments with my sewing machine. I’ve tried using my serger to construct, but I just prefer constructing and then using my serger and coverstitch to finish.
So here are my extra machines:
Both are Janome and both were bought used. The left one is my serger and the right is my coverstitch.
If you aren’t familiar with what those do, then you are really missing out! So my serger cuts the fabric with a blade, and then stitches along the edge, to prevent unraveling of the fabric. Here is an example of one of my ruffles from the dress.
I serge FIRST to finish the seams, then I fold up .5″ and use my coverstitch to sew the hem.
I use wonder clips and my fingers to memory press the hem. I fold over, measure .5″, pinch that spot with my fingers, clip it, then continue on (about a knees width) and repeat, then once I have the next clip, I go back and press the hem between the 2 clips with my fingers. Once I get back to where I started, it’s time for the coverstitch machine to go to work!
I bought the clear foot (did not come with my machine) and it’s wonderful for meeting the seams. I think my favorite part about this machine is that I don’t have to back stitch! Just make it back to where you started and go a little over the first stitches and bam, you are done!
Here is my machine at work:
And here are the results. The top is a double stitch that looks professional and the bottom is the mix of the serger stitches and the coverstich stitches.
Here are the other ruffles finished:
All are done with the exact same cream thread cones. Aren’t they pretty 🙂
Now, for the big reveal, the final product! My daughter LOVED it!!!
One thing I really love about this dress is that the ruffles are attached to connector pieces, so the skirt seam isn’t so bulky. I love this pattern and I’m so glad I was able to show it some love!
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