Pattern Review: Easy Toddler Girl Dresses (Simplicity 2377)

I thought I’d post a pattern review for some toddler girl dresses I made recently using Simplicity 2377 (from the easy-to-sew collection).  This was a pretty great pattern and perfect for using some Tutti Frutti fabric I had recently procured.

This pattern is for six different variations of the same basic peasant dress with gathered sleeves or flutter sleeves.  I ended up making 4 dresses, 2 each for my adorable nieces.  Each girl got a gathered sleeve and a flutter sleeve.  They are 3 and 5 years old, but tall as beanpoles so I made a few adjustments and ended up making sizes 6, 7, 7-long, and 8.  I made different sizes since sewing long distance doesn’t allow for any fitting.  I had their measurements to go off of, but I thought variety was best.

First two dresses ready for the girls

First two dresses ready for the girls

Overall, the pattern was very easy to understand and follow and had minimal steps.  The gathered neck and sleeves were really easy to do and would allow for easy adjustments if needed.  All the dresses had ties at the empire waist to also help with the fit and the flutter sleeves has enclosed nice bias tape edges.

I followed the advice of a few bloggers I’ve seen (I can’t find any useful pins to share!) to press on the top thread of your machine to create additional tension to produce the gathering as you go.  This is a primo method to make easy gathers and you can adjust the gathering as you go based on how much you press down.  I’ve never been good at gathers with just a large basting stitch and this technique (in repetition) made me very comfortable with gathering using this technique in the future.

Second two dresses - pink, pink, pink!

Second two dresses – pink, pink, pink!

Modifications I made:
—  I made a 7-long for my 5-year old niece that is 33 inches tall.  I used all the size 7 pieces, but cut the skirt to the size 8 length – basically adding about 2 inches.  This is straightforward to do and could be done to shorten the dress into a tunic.

—  I added more flutter to my flutter sleeves. The project was inspired by a pin my sister sent me of an adorable flutter sleeve dress (that I hope to still replicate someday) that had full flutters (It’s Always Autumn’s Simple Girl’s Sundress).  I added about 2 inches at the widest point to the patterns flutter sleeves to get a fuller look.

—  I added buttons as an embellishment on the chest of one of the dresses (not shown in pictures)

– Stephanie, HoustonDIY

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Houston MQG Festival Modern Meetup Blog Hop

The Houston Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a meetup during the International Quilt Festival here in Houston for all quilters interested in the modern quilting movement!! There will be swag bags for the first 50 people who sign in!! There will also be 17 awesome door prizes given away with prizes from Cloud 9 Fabrics, Aurifil, Jennifer Paganelli from Sis Boom, Fat Quarter Shop, Intrepid Thread, Modern Yardage, and many more!!!
When: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Time: 8-10pm
Where: Hilton Americas Lobby Bar
Look for the Houston Modern Quilt Guild Signage!!
Join us on all of the blogs on the blog hop:
Wednesday:
Becca Bryan – Bryan House Quilts
Sally Keller – Sally’s Angelworks
Hilary Smith – Young Texan Mama
Thursday:
Patty Sloniger – Beck and Lundy
Amy Campbell-Ryan – House of Bad Cats
Friday:
Tammy Blackburn – Karamat Sews
Cathy Winter – Winter Wanderings
Even more importantly, join us at the Meetup!! 🙂
Thank you so much to our sponsors for this event!  Check out some of the amazing giveaways!
HMQG Door Prizes

HMQG Door Prizes

Giveaways from SisBoom

Giveaways from SisBoom

Giveaways from Intrepid Thread

Giveaways from Intrepid Thread

Giveaways from Cloud9

Giveaways from Cloud9

Giveaways from Aurifil

Giveaways from Aurifil

2012 HMQG Meetup

2012 HMQG Meetup

New weekly update schedule

HoustonDIY Readers,

I’ve taken a bit of a break since establishing HoustonDIY and it’s time for me to rejoin the active blogging community.

I’ve decided to post at least once a week to keep up with all the great DIY craft ideas I have or new projects I’ve seen and want to try.  I’ve decided the best day for my schedule is each Sunday.

Keep posted each weekend for some fun ideas to start your crafting week with.

-Stephanie

Check out these blogs!

I just wanted to give a shout-out to my two favorite blogs. These are conveniently operated by my sister and mother, so check them out!

I Can Find The Time Blog: www.icanfindthetime.com

My busy sister and mother of two adorable girls shows you how to do quick and easy projects for around the house.  She’s a crafter so her projects included sewing, repurposing, woodworking, etc.

Mimi’s This and That: www.mimisthisandthat.wordpress.com

My mom has entered the blogosphere with a blog dedicated to the world of crafting as well.  She is Copic certified and has beautiful tutorials for using your Copic markers on papercrafts as well as tutorials for a number of crafty items.

Check them out!

-Stephanie