Fifi’s home-made dress and handbag

20th February 2010 9 Comments

For the first time in ages, I actually bought a pattern for this dress, the reason being that I find it difficult to judge the size of an armhole.I thought that if I bought a really basic simple pattern, I could adapt it lots of ways. I chose Butterick 3772. This has to be one of the worst patterns I have ever bought. It’s far too simple, meaning that it doesn’t hang very well, the armholes are too small and so it defeated the point of me buying it. It’s put me off buying Butterick patterns. However, I do love the material that Anjie gave me and I think it looks quite sweet.

I also made a matching felt lined handbag. This was really simple to do, I simply took an A4 sized sheet of felt and cut an oblong of material fractionally larger. I chopped some handles off an old cloth bag (I couldn’t be bothered to make some). I doubled over the cloth at the top of the bag so it formed a nice edge and slipped the handles between the cloth and the felt. Then I pinned them in place to they would hang properly. I then machined across the top, both sides. I machine sewed some rick-sack across the machining for a bit of detail. This resulted in a nice neat edge with the handles slipped in so they don’t catch on anything. Next, I pinned the sides of the bag together (inside out) and machined down each side. I turned the whole thing the right way around and that was it. 5 minutes tops! If I get a chance I will try to draw an illustration, but to be honest I’m sure you all know how to do it.

Claire Walsh

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  • TheMadHouse 20th February 2010 at 11:28 am

    Love the fabric, very cool indeedy

  • Suburban Mum 20th February 2010 at 12:32 pm

    She looks so cute! Sometimes wish I had a girl!

  • Glowstars 20th February 2010 at 12:35 pm

    How cute she looks with her little bag!

  • Anjie 20th February 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Fifi looks gorgeous, I have some children's patterns if you would like to borrow them, just let me know. Did you see on St Albans Blog they are organising a local bloggers meet-up at the Hare & Hounds from 18:30 on the 11 March?

  • Heather 20th February 2010 at 2:14 pm

    That is gorgeous! I am very impressed with your sewing abilities.

  • Metropolitan Mum 20th February 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Gorgeous! Where on earth do you find to do such things???

  • Miss Sews-it-all 20th February 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Yeah, I hate buying what looks like a super cute pattern only to find out that it is not that great. But, she looks super cute in that dress and she really likes that little bag!

  • Crystal Jigsaw 20th February 2010 at 6:38 pm

    It&#39;s absolutely gorgeous. And you are very clever. <br /><br />CJ xx

  • Muddling Along Mummy 21st February 2010 at 8:47 pm

    That&#39;s gorgeous – I&#39;m wanting to start sewing with a machine so may need to pick your brains

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