Summer Dress

My eldest granddaughter is 12 going on 16, she’s at that stage when she thinks she is so grown up. At Christmas she asked me to make her a top like one she had seen on Shein. In typical shein style this was little more than a handkerchief with a few straps on!!! Grandma found a top pattern that was still strappy but somewhat more covered…

She loved it so I made the dress version for Easter! It’s a pattern by Little Lizard King called Edessa. It has a fairly fitted front but the back has two arcs of fabric going up to the lower neck line where they are tied with straps from the shoulder. The skirt can either be short or floor length so obviously Pip would want as short as Grandma would make it!

I made it out of a lilac cotton from the Remnant shop in Harrogate, it’s a much prettier shade than it looks in the photo! I lined it with a soft cotton lawn that was supposedly made for Liberty which came from the Pound Shop in Dewsbury, I’m not convinced about the Liberty bit but it’s nice cotton lawn! I just had enough left to line the top.

She’s a slim young lady so I made a size 8 lengthened to a size 10. It went together nicely. I’ve made a couple of patterns from Little Lizard King, they are well drawn and the instructions pretty easy to follow. It also helped that having made it before I knew how the back worked. The only instruction I didn’t follow was to stitch the gathered skirt onto an already elasticated waistband at the back, it just sounded too much like hard work trying to ensure gathers are even and actually stitching it on whilst having to stretch the elastic out. I stitched the skirt on first, trying to even out the gathers so the elasticated bit of the back wouldn’t have lots more fabric , It seemed much easier.

I felt that maybe at 12, Pip was maybe a little too old for a Made by Grandma label, so I put a label inside with a little message on. A friend printed these a couple of years ago and it seemed a suitable one.

She loved it, I’m just waiting for mum to send me a photo πŸ™‚

I do like being a Grandma!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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17 Responses to Summer Dress

  1. Jaya says:

    Lucky grandkids!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. tialys says:

    It’s a lovely dress and I’ll bet she can’t wait to wear it.

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  3. Juliana Ellington says:

    Looks like the perfect dress for an on-the-cusp teenager. It’s sophisticated and charming! Can’t wait to see a photo of her in it! I love the label!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. claire93 says:

    ooh that’s going to be a favourite dress this summer!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Sharon says:

    Perfect for 12 going on 16 πŸ™‚ and that label is wonderful!

    Liked by 1 person

    • craftycreeky says:

      It’s a difficult age and I remember when my two were young, there was about a 4 year gap where childrens sizes ended and adults began, both in RTW and patterns, I don’t think it’s changed much!


  6. debspups says:

    What a LOVELY dress! She’ll feel so grown up but still be adequately covered – she will be the envy of her friends! What a wonderful grandma she has to put so much work into the project! Deb E

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  7. Jane M says:

    Gorgeous dress, your grandkids are very lucky to have such a talented grandma

    Liked by 1 person

  8. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Fantastic creation, Margaret & positively magical how things fell into place!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. I’m sure she will make this dress sparkle!!!! I look forward to the photos of her wearing it!!


  10. Amo says:

    Looks super. Such a nice label too.


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