Ladybug Dress

Fabric

Opal and Agathe admired some ladybug fabric I found in a relative’s stash…naturally I could not resist their hinting.

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Pleats

To make a fancy bodice, I made a small box pleat and two side pleats, and pressed them into the fabric, for about 3 inches from the cut edge of the fabric…

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Pattern

…then placing the pattern on top of the fabric, I traced round the edge, tucking the back of the bodice under the pleats.

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Stitch

The cut out bodice is laid upon the lining and stitched round the centre back opening/neck edge, making sure the pleats are stitched into place. Then I cut that edge free of the lining.

To encourage the seam to stay flat, I cut notches out of the pleats and slits in the curved parts of the seam allowance before turning the bodice inside out and pressing. A hint while pressing –  use steam, use lots of pressure, and put a weight on the pressed seam until it cools. Then pick up the bodice and move to the next step, which in this case is…

… cut the rest of the lining away.

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Fitting

Agathe tried the bodice on after the sleeves were attached… the pleats are basted at the waist edge, to keep them from opening up during the rest of the sewing.

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waist seam

I’ve overcast the bodice to the skirt first, so I can stabilise the gathers (which also prevents the seam from fraying), then I sewed the waist seam with a backstitch.

glee

Agathe likes the new dress – cool summery and covered in ladybugs…

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Me next

…and Opal knows she is next on the list!

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13 thoughts on “Ladybug Dress

  1. I always admire your work, especially those neat little hand stitches….that is a pretty, cool, summery, springy dress for your dolls.

  2. Oh! Must be something in the air! I am soaking some ladybug fabric this morning, found in a departing needle-workers scrap bag. You’ve created a lovely, summery dress…those Block Twins will no doubt get up to something in the garden!

    • It is not too hard to do it this way. Fiddling with tiny bits of fabric and trying to pleat them already cut is a nuisance, I much prefer to do the pleats when I can actually get a grip on the fabric, and cut later!

  3. the pleated bodice is so clever! And something I can do..thank you! Love the photo of Opal eagerly awaiting her ow new dress!!!

    • That fabric is just perfect for Agatha and Opal. It looks so pretty next to their wood tone. Love It.
      Thank You for your generosity in sharing this wonderful pattern. We an hardly wait to try it.

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