Eva’s first DIY dress

Eva's #1 handmade dress: The front view Eva's #1 handmade dress: The back view Eva's #1 handmade dress: The reverse side

The Reversible Pinafore
Fabric | 100% cotton (Spotlight and Etsy)
Pattern | The Reversible Pinafore from here

For a while, I’m been tempted to make something other than blankets, bibs and small items but I always held myself back because I wasn’t too sure how the quality would turn out. But after a while, I decided to try anyway; after all, you’ll never know until you try. So think of this more as a prototype (did you know that even wrinkle creams have them, eg prototype 37c?).

After hunting around the Internet for a few patterns, I settled for one by the above Etsy seller since they looked pretty lovely and simple. She had a bundle set option so I got that and after shopping around for some fabric combinations, I started work on it. It was a pretty fast pattern to work on – I was done in under three hours from cut to finish.

I opted for a snap finish instead of buttons because I haven’t quite mastered sewing buttonholes using my sewing machine; the last time I tried it, it was a disaster so I wasn’t really up to the task again. I used the KAM snaps I bought last year for the shop and it turned out awesome! I let Eva try it on the next day and while it was a little roomy, as expected since it’s size 12 months, it looks nice on her, especially when she has pants on. (I should take an “action” shot soon!)

Now that this is done, I’m quite tempted to sew up more designs in the other fabrics that I’ve purchased. In a way, I’m glad that I did this – my mum made a few dresses for me when I was growing up and it’s something that I would like to do for my own daughter now that I think about it. So yes, do look forward to more outfit-related goodies!

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Fabric haul for Eva’s dresses

Fabric haul for Eva's dresses

Inspired by an idea followed by some random pattern search on Etsy, I decided to go ahead with thoughts of making Eva a simple dress. I know, I have too many hobbies and ideas, and then to go randomly searching for things like groomsmen gifts at redenvelope.com. Sometimes I don’t follow through with those ideas but this time, no way! I just had to try my hand at it.

Now, I have quite a bit of fabric in my stash but none were suitable for a baby girl’s dress except the brown animal print (see below). So I scheduled a trip to Spotlight here in Singapore in search of some complimentary prints after having decided on the pattern. I hadn’t really anticipate to find anything interesting in terms of cute baby prints but was pleasantly surprised to discover that they had stocked some very cute children’s print under the quilting section.

Why quilting cotton? Well, I could have opted for knit cotton but I didn’t find any interesting prints and I didn’t really feel comfortable matching different weight and feel fabrics together. I bought a few matching prints and at the cashier’s, promptly felt the pinch. At least three of the prints cost way more than what I would have paid if I order it online. Hai.

Anyway, now that I’ve got them, it’s only a matter of time before you see something yummy on this blog! Watch out for the next post…one cute dress is going to pop up!!!

Combo #1 Combo #2 Combo #3

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