And Book Week has come to Perth once more! I love Book Week and the excuse to dress up as your favourite book character. This year Bunny decided she wanted to dress up like Roald Dahl’s Matilda, one of her favourite books. Though in all honestly, this kid is such an avid reader that she had a super tough time narrowing down who she wanted to dress up as. It went back and forth for days and days, but she settled on Matilda, deciding she liked the outfit best hehe.
Do you ever have a sewing project where you feel like you are killing two birds with one stone? That is this dress. For absolutely ages Bunny has been pointing at the blue chambray Darling Ranges sample that hangs in my work room asking me to make her one in her size. I got part way through draft a pattern, and as per usual i got busy with work, and the project got pushed to the side. But this costume gave me the perfect excuse to try out the draft and finally make her the much requested dress.
Given the fact I was making this dress the night before the school Book Week parade, i opted for snaps instead of buttons as they were faster. The happy accident here is that Bunny is really enjoying how easy it is to take on and off with the snaps – so maybe i’ll be doing this on all her dresses from now on!
I’m so happy with how this first draft of this dress turned out. It definitely needs some tweaking, as the fit isn’t exactly where i’d like it, but regardless it’s pretty darn cute on my girl! Knowing she likes it so much has encouraged me to keep working on the pattern until it’s just right. EDIT: The pattern is now ready! You can purchase the Mini Darling Ranges Dress pattern on the Megan Nielsen website!
I honestly wish I had pushed myself to sew her this dress earlier, as she has worn it so much since i made it a few weeks ago, that I know she would have enjoyed having more of winter to enjoy it. The last minute rush sewing of costumes before the school book parade is always SO SO worth it when i get so see big happy grins like this afterwards!
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- Introducing Mini Darling Ranges
- Tester Round Up
- Mini Darling Ranges Hacks
- Flat Sleeve Insertion Method
- Ruffle Sleeve
- Patch Pockets
- Peplum Hack
Plus there is a full range of Darling Ranges tutorials that you can use to help sew your Mini Darling Ranges!
- Project preparation
- Pattern alterations: lengthen the bodice
- Pattern alterations: raise the neckline
- Pattern alterations: rounded neckline
- Pattern alterations: fishtail hem
- Sewing & construction: Bodice & darts
- Sewing & construction: Skirt & pockets
- Sewing & construction: Attaching the skirt & bodice
- Sewing & construction: Placket & Neckline
- Sewing & construction: Sleeveless version
- Sewing & construction: Attaching the sleeves
- Sewing & construction: Hemming
- Sewing & construction: Ties & belt loops
- Sewing & construction: Closures