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Thread: Bonus Little Girls Dress- All Done! Thanks everyone for your help!

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    A month or more ago, a special someone on the board found an amazing garage sale find, chock full of little girl fabrics and sent it to me. (Okay it was Loretta isn't she the greatest?) So I went through it all, and I found lots of little bundles all of which I carefully took apart, until I found this on particular bundle with an ancient corroded pin in.

    Carefully removing the pin I found the following pieces of what is clearly a little girls dress. It appears to have a Peter Pan color, and since the fabric is a bit see through it might need a lining, but other than that I think it is darling.

    But I can't figure out how to put it together... I've never done a Peter Pan collar, and what I thought was a hat, there at the top of the photo I now think is the puffy sleeves.

    So while I don't forsee it fitting my daughter (who seems to be getting taller and taller every time I look at her), I still think that after all this time the dress should be made. Does anyone have any suggestions or knowledge that might help me out?

    It looks to be about a 12 month size.
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    It looks to me like you have short little sleeves and a round collar.

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    Yes, I think so too, but do you see how narrow that neckline is? that collar curve doesn't line up no matter which way I turn it, and I make up my own patterns, I've never done anything like this before.

    I only have the fabric no pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth A.
    A month or more ago, a special someone on the board found an amazing garage sale find, chock full of little girl fabrics and sent it to me. (Okay it was Loretta isn't she the greatest?) So I went through it all, and I found lots of little bundles all of which I carefully took apart, until I found this on particular bundle with an ancient corroded pin in.

    Carefully removing the pin I found the following pieces of what is clearly a little girls dress. It appears to have a Peter Pan color, and since the fabric is a bit see through it might need a lining, but other than that I think it is darling.

    But I can't figure out how to put it together... I've never done a Peter Pan collar, and what I thought was a hat, there at the top of the photo I now think is the puffy sleeves.

    So while I don't forsee it fitting my daughter (who seems to be getting taller and taller every time I look at her), I still think that after all this time the dress should be made. Does anyone have any suggestions or knowledge that might help me out?
    If you sew the shoulder seams and then see how the collor and sleaves line up. Maybe who every cut out the material didn't cut the neck and arm cyles correctly. Looks to me like the sleeves and collor will work as they are.

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    Ok . the 2 pieces are sleves , you want to sew the sides first. then you will do the sleeves. they are little puff sleeves. then you need a zipper . you will be able to see how the collar is once you get the sleeves on. to me this needs a lining or a partial lining. I keep looking at your pic. diffently need linning on your collar parts.
    try sewing , sides back about 4 to 6 inches then look to see how the shoulders match . sew top of shoulders . sew each sleeve the 2 small straight part together.
    then match up to sleeve holes. start from the bottom of the sleeve first . you need a needle and thread to make the pucker for the puff of the sleeve. you should be able to figure out the rest . if you need help let me know

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    My guess is the collar needs to be lined and probably lining around inside at neckline. You sould use bias tape to cover the seam at the neck instead. Sew the shoulder set in sleeve, sew down the side seams and sad news but fairly sure there would have been a zipper in the back.

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    HI , The Reason I say there is a zipperr in it . If you look on the right side of the picture there is a notch for zipper place ment. it maybe just the picture . but that is what I see . This a very cute print and simple summer outfit looks to be may a 6-9 mos. I just hopes I have helped..

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    I don't know why but I see the pieces as the clothing from the paper dolls we had as girls. It would be fun to applique the pieces onto a quilt back of a quilt made with a paper doll motif. You could add the little tabs and even embellish the collar and hem lines.

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    Elizabeth, most clothing patterns use a 5/8" seam allowance. Your collar will need a lining, like white cotton, and after you sew your 5/8 seam around the outer edge of the collar, it will make the inner edge much smaller, and it should fit around the neck just perfect then. Your neck will need a binding or a facing on it too. I dont do things the proper way. This is how i do them. Do your zipper first, get it done and over with, then sew up the rest of the centre back seam 5/8 seams. Then do your shoulder seams. Then gather your sleeves with a loose running stitch, and pin to sleeven. Now sew the sleeve in. Now hem your sleeves, now sew your side seams. Now do your collar. I know, i do things in the wrong order, but easier lol, now hem the dress :)

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    Whoever cut that out even went to the trouble of matching the pattern. My guess is that it wasn't sewn together for lack of lining. You can't put that collar on without lining it first. If you sew liniing to the right side and turn it, you will have a collar ready to be sewed to the dress. And yes, you'll need a zipper for the back. I'd be tempted to line the whole thing.

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    I'm betting you'll need to gather the sleeves a bit from the center top about an inch or two in each direction. I usually do those sleeves as set in type. Does the collar have just the two pieces or are there still 4? Yep, I do believe a zipper goes in there. I've made dresses just like this one...they really are very cute when they're finished. Maybe you can get your little darling a special baby doll to wear it when its done


    P.S. The pattern I use has 4 pieces for the collar, wrong sides together sew 2 pieces together around the curved edge leaving the top notched edge open, clip the curves, turn and press. Match the notches on the collar to the dress, baste, flip the collar, then stitch bias strip over the raw edges for a nice flat seam. Make sense?

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    It probably won't need a zipper. Just a placket in the back seam should do and then a button at the neck. It is a darling dress and I have made many just like it when my kids were small. I wish it were mine!! Good luck!

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    Thanks ladies I'll have to check back in as I work on it, because I have very little idea how to do this. I've never put anything like this together.

    Okay so I have thin cotton muslim, will that be fine for the lining? I'll just so ahead and line everything, except maybe the puffy sleeves.

    What you see is what I have. Not even a single extra scrap of this fabric. I'll measure and send DH off to buy a zipper for it today. I have one but I'm certain it's much to big. If it's meant for 6-9 months it will be easier to get a real baby into a dress if the zipper is there, this fabric has no give at all! :)

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    I just looked and the line up to sew pattern cuts are there but no zipper notch, it sure would have been nice to have that, I could have put button hole up the back. I have zero experience with button holes. Would that be better than a zipper?

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    i just love the whole idea of sewing up that little dress. like you have no idea on how you could do it (I am very frightened of garment sewing) but I wish you the best of luck and please post pictures as you progress!

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    [quote]I hope you reconsider putting a zipper in it. A small, baby button would be much better. Just imagine a baby laying on a zipper - not a real good idea. :wink:

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    DH brought home a tiny super soft zipper just a little while ago. I was more afraid of the zipper catching or otherwise causing trouble. Not certain if I'd personally want to lay on a zipper or buttons. But I do have buttons in my button box from my dd's baby clothes, I'll see what I have - I'm certain it will take a row of buttons.

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    I would sew the back seam to about 6 inches from the neck and put one little button at the top. You dont need a button hole, you could put a little loop there to fasten around the button.

    A six inch opening along with the neckline opening should be big enough to put over a babys head.

    Just my 2 cents worth.

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    I don't know where you see any interfacings. Maybe you don't know what an interfacing is. Those are main pattern pieces. I'm sure the pattern doesn't call for a zipper, baby patterns seldom do. You can put a 6 inch placket in the neckline, on the back seam and put a tiny button at the neck.

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    You can always make a straight hemmed edge along the "zipper area" and use some soft velcro closures.

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    Okay I've cut the lining and I've started putting it all together. OMG! What a pain in the rear, give me a quilt anyday. :D :D I've got to get back to it and rip out the shoulder because I did the front properly but the liner backwards... So the seams face the inside of the dress as opposed to nicely tucked away forever in the lining.

    Somewhere someone commented, "if you're a quilter a 5/8" seam allowance looks huge" and that's 100% true!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TERESA77510
    HI , The Reason I say there is a zipperr in it . If you look on the right side of the picture there is a notch for zipper place ment. it maybe just the picture . but that is what I see . This a very cute print and simple summer outfit looks to be may a 6-9 mos. I just hopes I have helped..
    I agree with you... With that zipper, the collar should probably fit better. I would suggest interfacing and make another set of collars for the underside in a cream/white (can't tell from the photo the background) or other colour in the fabric. Once the collar is on, you can clip it in places to allow for my movement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth A.
    Okay I've cut the lining and I've started putting it all together. OMG! What a pain in the rear, give me a quilt anyday. :D :D I've got to get back to it and rip out the shoulder because I did the front properly but the liner backwards... So the seams face the inside of the dress as opposed to nicely tucked away forever in the lining.

    Somewhere someone commented, "if you're a quilter a 5/8" seam allowance looks huge" and that's 100% true!
    it's tough to go back those 5/8" seams that's for sure. When I first started sewing I was making clothes. I cant' remember the last time I made an outfit for myself!!! I still have fabric for outfits matched with patterns.. Who knows if I'll ever get back to that.... maybe some day.. Right now I have too many other quilting projects to play with!

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    This looks like a pattern I had from my sister (she's now 39). I used it for my daughters and godchild. Let me scan the pattern instructions and email it to you. Can you PM me your email address and I'll do it tonight?

    Yes, i fought with the collar too. I also made it in the 6 months size and lengthened it for christening gowns (no collar). My godchild's was the nicest- layers of satin and lace and tiny roses I attached with long streaming satin ribbons. She was a bit slippery, but beautiful!

    Barb

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