It all started when Marte from Compagnie M* sent me an e-mail asking if I would be interested in participating in a blog tour promoting her new pattern, the Frederique dress*. She included a few photos of the dresses she made for her daughter. Compagnie M patterns are among my favourite, so I was keen to sew the Frederique. Please allow me to jump ahead and say that I am very pleased with this pattern also.
I showed the photos to Miss R and she said she loved the big pockets but not the ties. She also said she wanted the collar and the cuffs and concluded her speech by picking printed cotton poplin I purchased from Spotlight a few years ago for her new dress. This girlie definitely knows what she wants!
Seeing how keen she was to get a new dress I did it... 'I will sew you this dress but I will need to take photos on Saturday, and you won't be able to say you don't feel like a photo-shoot'. I put forward an ultimatum.... and held my breath waiting for Miss R's response. She looked at photos of Marte's dress, then at fabric, and agreed!
Since Miss R did not want the ties I decided to sew a button up version. And then out of nowhere I got an idea to use the pocket pieces from Marte's Ileana dress pattern*. There was one little problem though. The pocket was larger than the narrower front panel. Solution? Straighten up the asymmetrical closure. Too easy!
The front bodice and skirt pieces have the centre line marked, so I simply extended the pattern pieces by another 3.5 cm past that line to accommodate the size of my chosen buttons and the seam allowance. I had to re-draft the facings to suit the updated front pattern piece, but it was very easy also. I love the clean finish facings create. If you are not keen on facings, you can use bias tape instead.
I did not plan to omit the sleeve cuffs. Both Miss R and I really like them, however I made a mistake and didn't have time to re-do them. I explained to Miss R what had happened and she said, 'Maybe you are not too good at sewing'. Maybe she is onto something!
I made this dress in size 5 width with size 6 length. I usually further lengthen the skirt by a few cm but for some reason I didn't do it this time. I used bias tape to finish the hem in a bid to preserve as much length as I possibly could. The dress is still a little short, but I actually like it!
I guess you are wondering if Miss R kept her promise about a photo-shoot? Yes! Despite me miserably failing at sewing the cuffs she posed for photos like a pro! Although don't be deceived by Miss R looking like a young lady. Underneath it all she is still my sweetest Little Monkey!
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