Sewing Bee Girl’s Dress

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I’ve been thinking for a while that it’s high time I had a go at sewing something for my daughter. She’s still at an age where she loves wearing a pretty dress, so The Great British Sewing Bee’s Girl’s Dress seemed a good choice.

I found this very sweet gingham material, complete with ladybirds and toadstools at Leon’s in Chorlton. I cut a 7-8 year old size. My daughter’s only just turned six, but she’s already got incredibly long legs, clearlyย notย inherited from me!

The instructions were pretty clear, but I did find sewing something this small pretty fiddly. I guess you get used to it after a few attempts? Annoyingly, I managed to misalign attaching the facings to the bodice, which resulted in an unsightly crease on the front bodice, grrr… I guess I should have unpicked and re-pinned it, but by this time I’d realised that this was going to come up pretty small… I was determined to finish it though, even if it was just for a mock-up.


I love getting out my embellishment box of tricks, but to my disappointment nothing was working for the ribbon trim. As you can see, I had plenty of red trimmings, purchased back in October from a lovely haberdashery shop in the beautiful city of Bath, which we visited on a family break.



But as you can see, they all had a cream background rather than a white, which didn’t quite work… So, despite my supplies I ended up buying yet more, opting for a red polka dot in red and white.

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Hmmm… It fits, just! As you can see Wren enjoyed modelling it, although it was somewhat lacking in the twirl department… I’d better get her wearing it a few times quick smart before she has another growing spurt ๐Ÿ™‚

By the time I’d finished this, I’d kinda fallen out of love with it, it just wasn’t working. It’s clearly much trickier attempting to sew for someone other than yourself, don’t you think? I cut the biggest size available in this pattern, but I’m guessing it would be pretty easy to increase the width of the bodice, so maybe I’ll try again, but to be honest my enthusiasm’s waning. I’m a selfish sewer, I’ll come clean. It’s much more fun, and a safer bet, sewing for yourself!


12 thoughts on “Sewing Bee Girl’s Dress

      • I have never heard of anyone called it before but I absolutely love it! I wish I had thought of it! Haha, my daughter is Annice. Pronounced Anniss. I love that too! From my great great grandma, who lived in leeds, Where did you get Wren’s name from?

      • A lovely name too! We found it in a name book when I was pregnant with my son and it just kind of grew on us. I think it’s Australian, but they use if for boys there, well as far as our research went… ๐Ÿ™‚

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