Making a Little Girl’s Dress

bodice of child's dress


This is the bodice of the dress that I have made for my three year old god-daughter.  In real life the dress is finished apart from a tiny bit of hand stitching to neaten off a few details on the inside.  However in blogland it is still a work in progress because I have been showing the construction step by step to demonstrate the dressmaking techniques I use. Because I only use straight stitch machines – hand machines and treadles – zigzagging and overlocking is a mystery to me.  I didn’t know what an overlocker looked like until I watched the Great British Sewing Bee recently, and I had been reading American blogs for ages before I worked out that sergers were what we call overlockers.

bound armhole seam

Today I have put a post on my blog, lavishly illustrated with 18 photos, showing how I do bound armhole seams.  Previous posts include photos of how I have drafted the pattern piece for the collar and done the felled seams.


I hope my posts are helpful to keen retro fans.  There is still a way to go before I have posted all the stages of construction.

• Meet the Author • Lizzie Lenard

Started sewing in the 1960s using an 1897 Singer sewing machine belonging to my mum. Now an avid blogger and Youtuber showing how to clean up and use vintage sewing machines - hand machines and treadles. I have never owned or used an electric sewing machine, and only use vintage sewing techniques. Favourite epoch for fashion - late 1930s and early 1940s.

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  • And I’d wear that cute little outfit too! Just in a bigger size. Thanks for posting the DIY and feel free to drop by me too anytime.


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