Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Nieve's Stylin'

Soon enough I will be heading to Boston to meet my niece, Nieve.  Of course I wanted to make something special to give to her, but she already has a quilt.  It is not really the time of year for quilts anyway, is it?  Poor girl would be roasting.

Rhonda and Mary started egging me toward making a little dress for Nieve.  The idea of making something A) that's 3D and B) that has to actually fit someone totally freaks me out.  FREAKS ME OUT.  Rhonda assured me I could conquer the pillowcase dress.  Using this tutorial  suggested by Mary I finally gave it a go.


I choose Boho fabric that didn't have a directional print.  The greens/blues are great as my brother doesn't want poor  Nieve to be wearing pink all the time.  The non-directional print was fab as I just couldn't mentally figure out how things came together with this pattern so I needed to make life as easy as possible.  Couldn't have the front right way up and the back upside down, could I?

Anyway, after only a little unpicking (only when I thought I knew how to do something better than how it was described in the tute!) I ended up with this little dress:




I think it's a bit too big for her at only 5 months, but it may be perfect for her next summer.  In the end, though, at least I kind of know what I am doing and I wouldn't shy away from trying another tute.  I hope Nieve (and Nieve's Mom and Dad) like it lots!

24 comments:

Annette Young said...

Well done Cindy I love it. Enjoy your holiday

Vicki said...

What a delightfully wonderful little girl dress! I like how fun and cool it looks. Have fun!!!

tomomi mcelwee said...

lovely dress! They all love it. I wish Ireland had this weather when my daughter was small.

Diane-crewe said...

it looks great .. and now you have mastered the pattern you can make more and experiment with fabric xx she will grow into them all beautifully xx He-He x have a wonderful visit x

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Oh its so pretty! Love it, fab job :-) Have fun on your visit.

Nicky said...

Very cute! And well done - dressmaking - tick! Whatever next?

Tammy said...

Very cute. If you cut it down 1/4 inch all the way around it will be one clothing size smaller

Quilter in the Gap said...

I love it!!! Simply Brilliant!!! You will be one Rockin' Aunty!

Susan R said...

You have inspired me. I have a one year old granddaughter that I've been wanting to make a pillowcase dress for....since she was born!! Yikes! Anyway, seeing that you have taken the plunge and the results are absolutely darling I'm going to do it!! Thanks for sharing....

DeborahGun said...

so cute :-)

Svetlana said...

it's beautiful.

Henry's Shed said...

I'm sure they will love it! It is beautiful!

Katherine said...

Oh, what a darling dress, Cindy! Beautifully done.

memmens said...

I well remember not wanting to dress my girls in pink and really struggling to find anything else so I can relate to this and sure it will be greatly appreciated. Oh and it looks wonderful, can't wait to see what your next piece of clothes sewing is...

Patchwork and Play said...

You've made a very sweet dress. The pillowcase design is a really good place to start! Nieve will grow into even if it is a little big!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Super cute!! Always better to give something too big than too small! They will all love it :)

Annabella said...

You know I love this Cindy and yes, definitely better to be too big! :)

Karen said...

Oh it's so cute! Great job! :-)

kathy said...

Good choice, this dress will fit for a long time.- eventually.

Have fun - have you got your list of fabric stores to visit on your trip ready?

Maybush Studio (Clare) said...

That is SO gorgeous. Making 3D things still freaks me out a little bit too! :-)

Katy Cameron said...

Very cute :o)

Judy said...

What a darling dress! Clothes sewing can be challenging and fitting them even more so. Well done. Enjoy your visit!

Lynne said...

Very cute; I'm sure it will be much loved!

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