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Be My First Girl Dress

Added Jul 23, 2013

by Helguchi

Oviedo, Spain






This is pattern C and comes directly out of a Japanese sewing book which title I don’t know because I have the original book in Japanase. The book is about girls clothes using knits. For this pattern is recommended a knit fabric for front and back yokes and a cotton fabric for the front and back skirt. For my version I used a combination of two cotton fabrics one with polka dots and another with stripes. The dress has front and back facings and the skirt is lined with poplin.
I made this dress for my friend’s oldest daughter who is 5 years old. The dress is not as perfect as I would like it to be, but considering that it’s the first girl dress I ever make, it came out pretty good enough to be wearable. I struggled a little bit with this project not because of the pattern but because of the fabric. It’s not very easy to work with thin cotton fabric and small pattern pieces. Besides that it was a fun project that I really enjoyed. I love how the pink bow brings a lot of brightness to the little dress. Now I have to make a combining outfit for my friend’s youngest daughter who 1 year old. I will use the same fabric but I think I’ll make a blouse and a skirt. We’ll see!
I have to thank Yifarn, for her fantastic webpage www.japanesesewingbooks.com. In her website, she has a lot of very helpful translations and reviews of these type of books and magazines. If you are into Japanase sewing patterns I strongly recommend you to check out her web for great sew-alongs, other sewing tips and even free patterns.

Material Notes

Fabric 1: W110 x L30 cm, fabric 2: W110 x L150 cm, Lining: W110 x L150 cm, Fusible interface: 90 × 20 cm, 1 Hook and eye, Grosgrain ribbon: W1 x L140 cm




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Cotton, Knits/Jersey

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    Jul 23, 2013, 11.42 PMby MissCorsetLizz

    This dress is tooooo cute!!! :-D Just gorgeous!!! :-D You’ve done an amazing job!!! :-D

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    Jul 23, 2013, 01.33 PMby Mary Athey

    gorgeous dress, i love the fabrics you used and the bow is just a lovely touch. x

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      Jul 23, 2013, 10.28 PMby Helguchi

      Thank you, Mary. Now is left to meet my friend so the young lady can try the dress. Hope it fits well. I ’ll post some pics.

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    Jul 23, 2013, 12.38 PMby kisses

    Nice combination of fabrics which makes the dress cute

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    Jul 23, 2013, 12.29 PMby liliv-1

    It’s an adorable little dress! I like very much the fabrics you used and the ribbon is just the perfect addition! The webpage looks very interesting:)

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