Saturday, July 11, 2009

smocky looking dress


..featuring linen bias tape.  It's my pattern, based on some patterns I own.

Even with a sweater, it's probably a bit summery for a fall/winter baby but I wanted to try out the concept of linen bias tape before committing to in on a grander scale.  I also wanted to try out bias tape binding for the arm & neck holes.  I've really struck out in the past with using bias tape facing or binding on neck holes--it seems to roll in too much.  I realized that the trick is DO NOT PULL THE BIAS TAPE WHILE SEWING IT ON.  For me, this means I sometimes need to pin it in place so I don't accidentally tug it while sewing.

After I finished it I realized that I had made a house coat for a three month old baby.  Or perhaps a house dress?  If you don't know what I mean it's because you did not have aunts or grandmothers who wore these things around the house.  Now I'm wondering how widespread these things were.

3 comments:

Tammie said...

this is adorable karen.

it does have a bit of a housecoat vibe, but since the wearer is going to be so young, i think she'll be able to pull it off.

gidgettm said...

Aw, the little girl projects are adorable. I'm convinced I'll never have a girl, so I live vicariously through others. And this one may be a bit housecoat-y, but eh, babies can get away with anything. :-)

Kira said...

If you added some worn out blue terry slippers she would look just like my grandma too.