It’s crazy to think I’ve been sewing now for a little over five years. I first started my old blog back in 2012 and that was to showcase learning how to sew, discovering new patterns, testing and trialling different fabrics and making heaps of mistakes! However, without going through that process I never would have been able to learn what fabric types I liked the most and what pattern styles suited my body shape. I was also able to learn the basics of sewing including how to cut a pattern, how to following instructions, how to use my machine and importantly, how to modify patterns to suit my own figure. Even though I still make mistakes, I’m more confident in my pattern and fabric choice to be able to create outfits that I’m proud of wearing.
I’ve recently created this adorable BurdaStyle Pleated Baby Dress by BurdaStyle for a friend who just found out they’re having a baby girl. I created the two different matching fabric’s on Spoon Flower, which you can purchase on my online Sixteen Stitches Spoon Flower shop.
The pattern came with a few different alternatives such as cap sleeves, full sleeves and even a different back. I decided to try both sleeve versions making one dress longer than the other.
From the time it took me to cut the paper pattern, sew it up and then hand-stitch the edging it was a total of 2.5 hours for both dresses. I used snaps for the buttons since they’re not only easy to install on your garments, they’re also perfect for children and babies. Overall it’s the perfect little baby dress and the design itself it just so cute!
Pattern: By Hand London – Georgia Dress
Description: The Georgia Dress is a super sexy knockout dress with fitted cups and a panelled skirt that hugs the waist and skims the hips. Variations include a choice of slinky shoulder straps or a wider, nautical style faux collar. Keep it demure with a knee length skirt, or show off those pins with the mini!
Fabric used: Black cotton sateen and snake sequin material
Okay, so this is a tester version that I wanted to get a bit creative with an include my snake skin sequin material but to be honest I can’t really see myself wearing it. Although, that’s just the fabric I’m talking about, the pattern itself was pretty awesome. I’ve already run down to Spotlight and purchased some cute, lightweight printed denim material that I want to use instead (a little bit more me). But hey, why not show you guys my glitzy version! hehe!
Pattern: Self drafted pattern
Description: A cute baby doll dress with full pleated skirt.
Fabric used: Wool challis
I haven’t worn this dress in like ten years but I really wanted to take a photo of it because it was one of the first dresses that I got my mum to help me make. Admittedly, she did make most of it but it was one of the main reasons why I wanted to learn how to sew.
I would love to revamp it a bit now and take off the big buttons (which was actually in at the time hehe) and replace them with either no buttons or something a bit smaller. I absolutely love the white piping in it though, it makes it a very cute baby doll looking dress.
Pattern: Lekala Dress with Wrap Skirt
Description: A stylish dress with square neckline and mid length open wrap skirt.
Fabric used: Navy Floral Cotton Sateen and the Watercolour blue combed cotton found on Spoonflower
I have made this dress before with a number if modifications in my previous Lekala Dress post. Like always, when I like a pattern…and I really, really like this pattern, I’ll make it a few times. The first navy dress below is basically the same as the Lekala pattern, with only a few modifications to the front neckline.
Pattern: Butterick 5949 Dress
Description: Lined dress has close-fitting, pleated, bias front bodice variations, waistband, and invisible back zipper.
Fabric used: Watercolour blue combed cotton found on Spoonflower
I am a pretty big fan of Spoonflower fabrics, even selling a few designs online myself on my Sixteen Stitches Shop. You can go through the designs and make a favourites gallery of all the fabrics you love. These are fabrics that at times you just can’t find in store and if you can get really creative you can even make the fabric yourself!
The blue water colour fabric below by Joan McLemore is one of my favourites, which I’ve now purchased a few times for different dresses.
Dress pattern: I’d love to be able to give you a pattern for this dress but it’s a huge mash up of different pattern pieces. I’ve basically drawn the front myself because I wanted something a bit ooh.. la la.
Fabric: Lace overlay, cotton lining.