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Tips for making children's clothes please

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OnlyWantsOne Thu 07-Jul-11 08:48:10

I'm ok with my sewing machine (you may have seen my blog) but I'd love to make some dresses etc for my 2 daughters.

Any tips? What material is best?

I've seen some lovely tunic style simple classic dress shapes - but don't know how to achieve it.

HelloKlitty Thu 07-Jul-11 14:49:10

I take exsisting dresses apart...and then draw round them to make a pattern.

Kryshees Thu 07-Jul-11 21:38:28

And check out amazon, I personally love the sew a pretty dress book or buy a pattern? X

Jellykat Thu 07-Jul-11 22:01:09

I take all my pattern blocks from other clothes i like.

Can you do a link to the type of tunic style you're after? For fabric advice

Parietal Thu 07-Jul-11 22:21:25

I buy cotton fabric with a small overall pattern (eg little flowers) which hides mistakes well. I use a t shirt that fits DD as a size guide and cut myself a newspaper pattern of just the top of the dress with no sleeves. Then I cut 4 copies of the pattern and sew them into a bodice (2 for outside, 2 for lining). Then I make a big tube of fabric for the skirt, gather it and sew to bodice. Makes a simple dress and easy to get the right size with no pattern. I think a tunic needs more careful cutting - I wouldn't try without a pattern.

GetOutMyPub Thu 07-Jul-11 22:31:33

the Oliver & S website is fab! There are some free patterns and lots of tutorials. Although I have boys, so no freebies for me! I have made the sailboat top twice now (although I need to make a few more to get my moneys worth as the pattern was quite expensive)

I also really like this site - sewmamasew If you have time to kill, go through all the catagories on the top left. There are links to virtually every type of project! There are some kids clothes months (as well as the one that I linked too)

OnlyWantsOne Fri 08-Jul-11 09:05:11

i like this but I have no idea about what fabrics to be buying for these things

HelloKlitty Fri 08-Jul-11 09:47:33

Just a nice medium weight cotton OnlyWantsOne....with one contrasting print for the trim.

Another great site is which has loads of childrens clothing tutorials in the children's clothing section...also there are advice threads where peope will help you along if you need it.

GetOutMyPub Fri 08-Jul-11 15:04:36

look out at carboots & charity shops & even supermarkets for cheap cotton/cotton blend duvet covers or extra large ladies skirt/clothes to get you started.

Also fabricland does some nice cottons for around £3 pm. or Dunelm Mill & Abakhan are meant to be good too if you are lucky enough to leave near any of those.

kellestar Sat 09-Jul-11 14:37:42

Owo I have been using fat quarters from the quilting shop nearby for Bea's dresses. i bought a pattern for 0-5 yr olds. I love contrasting cottons. i have also signed up for a course to learn more about dressmaking as shaping is my problem normally.

moominthecorner Sun 10-Jul-11 10:43:28

Sew hip do good kids stuff too

kellestar Sun 10-Jul-11 19:01:12

OWO this is where I got my pattern from 6903 was the one I bought, they were on sale a few months ago at £3 a pattern. My local craft shop stock them as well, recently found out, but they order them in for you. MiL is refreshing her skills and my Mum can't wait either, she made a ton of clothes for me as I was tall and slim [not anymore].

Cheap fabric for me is either some nice cotton skirts from the charity shops, or bed linen. I like cotton at the moment. But mum also made things out of dads old T-shirts, but I haven't got the hang of sewing things with give in them.

Sew Hip is a good magazine for patterns, sold a dozen on eBay recently and they went for 99p each. They also do bags and often toys. Made a lovely owl toy out of scraps.

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