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This fabric just had to be for Arabella! It is from Calico Laine


I cut two rectangles and guessed the size using the correct age dress pattern. I double hemmed the top and bottom of the dress.



I filled the spool with shirring elastic by hand and made the tension on my machine slightly higher. I used the hemmed edge for the top line of shirring . I then used the foot edge for the next line. I did 10 in total. I then sewed the side seams, trimmed and finished using zig-zag stitch.

I then made 4 ties…this took as long as the dress to get them the right way out! I then attached and  tied them and now can’t wait to see Arabella wearing it!

Pattern: Self Drafted

Notions: shirring elastic

Fabric: 1 metre of strawberry cotton