Friday, 29 March 2013

Dress No.3 - BurdaStyle 02/2012-142

Thank you for all your lovely comments on the first two little dresses. So here is my progress:-

Alana's dress - Done
Ella's dress- Done
Esme's dress - Done (just needs to be fitted).

Here is dress number three to add to the collection BurdaStyle 02/2012-142 for Mike's Niece Esme who will be 11 years old in August.

I wanted to have something similar to the little ones but just that little bit older looking and this little dress fitted the bill perfectly.  As you can  see the dresses are quite similar, however the skirt has not got the same fullness as the little dresses, but still has the benefit of an organza interlining on all pattern pieces and a gathered tulle skirt attached to the waist sandwiched between the interlining and the lining.  The shoulder seams are quite narrow and the neckline is a slight boat shape.

The waist tie for this dress is a simple 2" wide belt, made from the crepe backed satin used for the little dress cummerbunds but I added a jewel encrusted tulle for the centre section to add a little bit of bling.  Unlike the cummerbunds I didn't add any organza because I didn't think Esme would like the large bow, however if at her fitting she would prefer that look, then it will not be a problem to run up another one.

Fingers crossed, that Esme's measurements haven't changed since I measured her a few weeks back and this dress fits her ok, otherwise I'll be doing a lot of unpicking :-(

So here are the three dresses hanging together waiting for a fitting.  We have our first fitting session on Sunday with Alana and Natalie, so Natalie's dress, Butterick 5710 is the next scheduled for the production line.  I am hoping that there will not be quite as much work in this pattern, wishful thinking, but if I can I would like to get another two dresses made by Tuesday which will just leave me with my dress (which is work in progress) and my daughter's dress, which is difficult because her baby is due in the next 7-8 weeks.

That's all for tonight folks.  Production starts first thing in the morning, however we do have a party to attend tomorrow evening.

Catch you later.......................


  1. Esme's dress is so nice and fits right in with the others. I hope all goes well at the fittings. Have a good weekend!

  2. The dresses are gorgeous!

  3. Beautiful dresses.. Fantastic job..

  4. They are all coming together beautifully - you must be very proud and excited...J

  5. Oh, Pauline, what a beautiful dress for Esme...just enough different from the little girls' dresses to make her feel "grown-up". Your production continues to amaze me...when I put the pressure on myself, I consider I'm "pulling a Pauline"!

  6. Sew sister, sew!!!!! You're getting there and everything is so pretty.

  7. Sweet and lovely. I love the waistband . Good luck in keeping up with your schedule. I feel for you.

  8. Lovely and all so impressive!

  9. All the dresses are so beautiful!

  10. What a delightful trio of dresses. I am sure Esme is going to love hers as it looks just perfect for an 11 year old.