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Dress for Ines Rosa

Added Apr 28, 2010

by janetheclerk

Durban, South Af...






Ines Rosa is a wonderful little lady of 15 months, and great personality. She stood still for the measurements, and I hope she understands that this is going to be a part of her life for some time to come. She seems ok with bespoke clothing.

Her parents are taking her home tomorrow, so I didn’t have much time to put something together for her, hence the very simple a-line dress. The fabric is my favourite, 3 Cats shweshwe. As a growing girl needs new clothes every six months, I gave her a 3 cm seam allowance on the side seams, and 6cm on the lower hem. This makes for a slightly heavy and messy hem, as it can’t be folded away neatly, but it means she can use this dress for years to come.

Shweshwe lasts forever, and this is perfect for both summer and winter months. Little Ines will be getting a jacket to join this dress, made of white calico cotton, with orange ricrac trim.

My machine seems to be having a bit of a moment right now, as the tension on the lower thread is literally going a bit loopy; please pardon anything that looks messy.

Material Notes

shweshwe, cotton




Garment Type
Casual, Classic

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    Apr 30, 2010, 09.30 PMby janetheclerk

    thank you so much for the lovely comments. it’s funny how as sewers we see even the tiniest flaw. i really enjoyed making this, and i’ve been inspired to make a 50s style swing dress for my 8 year old niece.

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    Apr 29, 2010, 12.31 PMby suribabe

    Very cute.. Love the material..Rosie wille be a very trendy little girl. It doesnt look messy at all. People often dont look at lillte details like that. Sewers do, because you know its there. Children are so much fun to sew for.. I make clothes for my 2 year old daughter.

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    Apr 29, 2010, 04.43 AMby gabcorb

    This is really cute and I’m sure she will love it! BTW it doesn’t look messy at all!

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    Apr 28, 2010, 11.12 PMby Aunt Brandi

    Cute and I love the buttons! Very smart with the extra seam allowance so you can let it out as she grows. Would love to see pics of the jacket when you’re done

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    Apr 28, 2010, 11.02 PMby domestic-divaonline

    Nothing looks messy. Love the colorful dress. Nice job. I’ve been making granddaughter dresses for 16 years. Maybe I should post some of them here. Isn’t it fun to have a little one to sew for? Adorable buttons!

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