In working through my stash for 2019 I’ve spent the last few weeks sewing through fabrics for Summer, and the first up with was New Look 6444.
Girls’ easy to sew dress and jumpsuit pattern features high low or maxi dress, and short romper or long jumpsuit with elastic at ankles. All have elastic waist with tie. New Look sewing patternSimplicity.com
The fabric is a poly that was brought back from Australia at least a year ago by my friend Liz. It’s a pretty design, but a beast of a thing. Shifty, hard to cut, and frays like a fraying thing on Fray Friday!
I also only had a metre, so it had to be the short jumpsuit or the short dress. We decided that the jumpsuit would be more fun.
To make it more comfortable, I interlined the bodice and shorts with some white cotton muslin, and overlocked all the pieces before starting to sew, in an attempt to prevent them fraying away to nothing before I’d completed the garment!
As the pattern rightly states this is an easy sew, and the only thing that slowed me down was the fabric.
However, it was worth it as Summer loves it and it’s a cute look that doesn’t teeter into inappropriate. Especially as she prefers to wear the neckline up on her shoulders rather than on her arms! Dave is thrilled that modesty is still an option…although we’re slowly creeping into midriff territory as you’ll see in an upcoming post!
It’s really hard to find clothes for 11 years old girls that are ‘cool’ enough to satisfy her, but modest enough for us to be happy with them. A mid thigh RTW denim skirt has proved a big hit with her and is tolerated by the menfolk in the family. Dave and I find a lot of RTW for her age group to be inappropriately short or revealing, tacky, or just really cheap looking.
The beautiful stuff that we like is often out of the price bracket I’m comfortable paying for growing kids.
So I can see I’m going to have to work hard on this as I’d like to keep making her stuff but it has to pass the ‘cool’ test! And I don’t think it’s going to get any easier once she starts secondary school!
Thankfully I’ve made her 4 things so far and she likes them all. Phew.
Yay or nay?
So, this pattern will be made again. I think I’ll add a centimetre length to the bodice and the shorts at the waistline for the next one. And she’d like the maxi dress too!
I’m counting this as a win for both tween and parents!