Kokeshi Dress (KCWC Day 1/2)

Kids Clothes Week Challenge is on again at Elsie Marley (hard to miss in blog-land at the moment!). In the past, I’ve had all my fabric cut before the week started so I could get straight into the sewing (and look like I achieved lots!). It didn’t happen this time around.

Day 1 was spent tracing and cutting out my pattern and fabric, and changing the threads on my serger. So not much to show for my efforts. Day 2 was my first day of actual sewing, and here’s the result:

Kokeshi Dress (2)

The pattern is the Kokeshi Doll Dress from Ottobre design magazine (Summer 3/2012). The fabric is Little Birdies in Yellow by Me and My Sister for Moda Fabrics that I used for my girl’s newborn going home dress.

She turns 2 this week and needed a birthday dress. I’m so glad I found the fabric as I only had just enough to make the dress and it feels right to make a birthday dress with it.

Kokeshi Dress (3)

The pattern has pleats in the front, with a raglan sleeve and elastic across the top of the raglan sleeves, so no buttons or zips. It was  reasonably straight-forward, except for attaching the facing at the raglan seam.

Kokeshi Dress (1)

I had to get my best friend, the seam ripper out after my first attempt, and one side didn’t quite line up, but it’s one of those things that only I’ll notice!

Kokeshi Dress (4)

The pattern had a skirt lining that showed at the bottom, but I didn’t have any coordinating fabric (or the energy), so I just finished the bottom edge of the facing on my serger.

No photos of it modelled yet – that will have to wait for her birthday. Come back for that later in the week!

I’m not sure what I’m going to do tomorrow – I don’t have any fabric for the next thing I want to sew, but I don’t really want to go fabric shopping with 2 littlies in tow. We’ll see how I feel in the morning!

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  1. I saw this dress in the magazine and thought it was so cute that I would have to make one too! I haven’t done it yet, so it’s nice to read that it’s not too difficult and I love how it turned out. Looks just like the magazine pictures.

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