Lollipops and Gumdrops Dress
3.28.2016

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When I saw the Pretty Roses collection, I knew right away that I wanted to try sewing a dress for my granddaughter. I don’t do a lot of clothes sewing but I’ve done a couple of things for her in the past so thought I should be able to do this. I picked a pattern by Lilac Lane called Lollipops and Gumdrops (available here) and chose to make the View 2 dress in size 4T.
The first hint I can offer when printing out the pattern is that the last page of instructions—page 18—switches to landscape orientation, as are all the pattern pages that follow. I found the grids very helpful in aligning all my pieces to tape together. It did take some time but it wasn’t too difficult. I also highlight the cutting line I’ll be using to help me stay on track as I’m cutting.
I chose to use the focal print 8806  for the body of the dress and the Sketched Lines-white on white 8823 for the collar and ruffle.

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Once I got it home I realized the focal was directional and I wanted the blue lines in the background to run up and down so I had to adjust how I laid out the pattern. The pattern has the pieces laid out against the fold opposite the selvage but I opened up my fabric and brought the cut ends to the center and laid the pattern pieces on those folds. There was plenty of fabric to do this.

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The next thing I had to modify was the ruffle that goes around the bottom of the dress. The instructions call for you to run a gathering stitch along the top hem but I found that my thread kept breaking while trying to gather through that many thicknesses of fabric. Instead, I stitched the hem normally and ran my gathering thread just underneath but through only one layer. I also started and stopped at each hem so I could gather each half of the ruffle from two directions.  I used a water soluble marker to mark where the bottom of the ruffle would be on the dress.

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The armholes and keyhole in the back of the dress are enclosed with bias tape. I didn’t want them to stand out as they would if I used purchased bias tape. I thought it must be just like bias binding on a quilt so I improvised and cut my own out of the leftover fabric from the dress pieces. I cut 2 ¼” strips at a 45 degree angle.

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I ironed over a ½” along one side (the hot ruler was great for this!) and sewed it on using a scant ½” seam allowance along the other side.

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It worked perfectly…until I got to the keyhole opening. That gave me fits! I kept ending up with a bunch of gathers as I tried to make the turn.

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I ripped it out several times and was afraid I would be weakening the fabric so I resorted to emailing a good friend for help. She suggested putting just a bit of lightweight fusible interfacing right at the end of the cut and clipping the bias tape where it would make the turn. Both of those things helped, and while not perfect, it looks pretty good.  If I ever sew this again I think I would try to use narrower bias tape around the keyhole.

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For the collar I did use purchased bias tape.  When pinning the collar on make sure the bias is open and out of the way so you don’t catch it in your basting stitches (yes, I had to rip it out and redo it!) .

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Everything else went together pretty easily. The only other thing I would do differently is center the elastic loop in the opening rather than have it pushed up against the top.

 

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I let my granddaughter pick out the button.

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The pattern itself was fairly easy to follow and the step-by-step illustrations were very helpful. I’m very pleased with the way it turned out.

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And here is my granddaughter modeling her new dress on Easter day (it was too cold to be out for long but we ran out between rain showers to get these pictures).

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19 comments

  1. Jenna - March 28, 2016

    I cant get enough of this cuteness–love this dress, and June too!

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  2. Sue Terpin - March 28, 2016

    Looks adorable Laraine. Great job.

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    • Laraine - March 28, 2016

      Thank you for your help with the keyhole!!

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  3. Hayley - March 28, 2016

    Both the dress and June are absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing, Laraine!

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  4. Alisha - March 28, 2016

    As usual, June looks totally adorable! Love this dress and the fabric!!

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    • Laraine - March 28, 2016

      🙂

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  5. Ann - March 28, 2016

    Great step-by-step photos! Both June and the dress are adorable!

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  6. Barb - March 28, 2016

    Cute dress…ADORABLE MODEL!

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    • Laraine - March 29, 2016

      Thank you!

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  7. Lisa - March 29, 2016

    Wow that came out nice. just adorable thank you for sharing.

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    • Laraine - March 29, 2016

      Thanks!

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  8. Kathy Potts - March 29, 2016

    What a cute little dress! Your granddaughter is a perfect model for it! Makes me wish I still had a little girl to sew for.

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    • Laraine - March 29, 2016

      Thank you! It has been fun. I had 2 boys so this is a whole new world!

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  9. Shannon o - March 29, 2016

    Absolutely beautiful. Perfect choice of fabrics. And the model is adorable.

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    • Laraine - March 30, 2016

      Thank you!

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  10. Kim Andrew - March 29, 2016

    Oh my word …. could June get any cuter? She’s so adorable, and I love the dress and they way you improvised on different things (like the lines going up and down). Love seeing how you have progressed as a seamstress and grandma.

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    • Laraine - March 30, 2016

      Thanks Kim! I’m still not confident about sewing clothes but for June I’m willing to keep trying 🙂

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  11. Ann Orndorff - April 3, 2016

    I am going to join all of you–I want to start sewing little dresses. It is nice to have friends to help with projects. Connecting Threads is a great place tp shop. Customer for a long time–just want to do more sewing and think this is a place to get started.

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  12. Laraine - April 4, 2016

    Hi Ann, than you for your kind words. I’m not very comfortable sewing clothes but it’s fun to try things out of our comfort zone on occasion. I’m finding sewing for my granddaughter to be a lot of fun…much more enjoyable than trying to sew for myself!
    Good luck on your sewing projects!

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