I’ve had some people say to me, “your kids must have a TON of clothes since you sew…”
Um, not the case at all!
Here’s my problem:
I talk myself out of buying things all the time because I sew. Sometimes I look at my sweet children and the rags they are dressed in, and just shake my head. I see a cute shirt at store and contemplate buying it until I see the price- I then say to myself ‘pah… I can just make it.’
Shirt never gets made. Kid keeps on growing.
It’s just not a good system.
I decided to bust out a couple of staples this week to tie Ellery over until the next growth spurt. The Lulu dress is a fantastic wardrobe addition.
This is a pattern by Jess of Craftiness is Not Optional. It’s a fairly easy sew- I think a great beginner pattern, especially if you’re new to sewing with knits. Jess has great tips, and there are also several options to play around with. This one here is the pretty basic capped-sleeve version (size 7) made with a burgundy interlock from Joann’s, and grey and coral floral knit from Girl Charlee.
I love the waistband of this dress. A casing is formed when you attach the bodice to the skirt, and you thread some elastic through to gently cinch this area together. Brillz.
Another great feature of this pattern is that the skirt can be made from knit OR woven fabric. This next version here is my favorite- long sleeves!
Since there isn’t a long sleeve option for the Lulu, I used the sleeve pattern piece from my Skater dress pattern and widened it a bit at the shoulder cap so I could gather it into puffed sleeves. Eh, it kinda worked.
Anyone know of a good puffed-sleeve tutorial out there?
I added a pocket and the tie at the front- both options that Jess includes in the pattern.
Oh, one thing I wanted to mention is the length of this dress- I almost always add an inch or so to my girls’ dresses. The Lulu is just perfect the way it is. I love the length, and I just feel like she’ll get more wear out of it.
We loves it!