Birds swing dress for Anna G 2015 by Speattle


Sewing for Kids
Swing dress from sew hip!


This is for my year and a half old granddaughter who lives in a hot climate.  I've used this pattern a few times before.  It was in an early issue of the now OOP magazine "Sew Hip!".    I really miss that magazine and have all but one or two of the issues.  Always got wonderful projects from it.

Anyway the fabric for this has an interesting story.

A few weeks ago I stopped by my favorite local fabric shop to drop off an item I'd sewn as a shop sample (I do contract sewing for the shop owner from time to time.)  She always has a basket of scraps that she sells for 25 cents a piece.  it is really handy if you need just a little bit of something, and don't want to spring for a FQ. 

All the panels in this dress came from the basket!  I pieced the 6 I got for the skirt to make the length of fabric needed for the pattern.  I was able to cobble the bodice out of other scrap pieces.  The shop owner let me have the fabric pieces for free too! I simply adore the bird print and these pieces are the last she had in the shop.  My granddaughter is going through a "bird" phase and is obsessed with anything avian, so as soon as I saw these pieces,  I knew I must make her something.

The pattern calls for bias binding around the top edge and armholes of the bodice.  I used FOE (which I did purchase at Pacific Fabrics). 

To compliment the print, I embellished with a decorative stitch (stitch # 65 on my Pfaff Passport 2.0) using variegated thread in colors that went with the birds on the fabric.  I think the little stitch looks like bird footprints.

Dress is french seamed.






Oh this is darling! I love the bird, so cute!


Caribousmom thank you. I thought the fabric was super tweet.

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