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Introducing Lillia Rae – New girl’s flutter sleeve dress sewing pattern.

We haven’t quite given up on summer here at Bobbins & Buttons! The latest pattern to be added to the Bobbins & Buttons collection is Lillia Rae. A little girl’s flutter sleeve dress. It has the option of two lengths for a shorter top version which looks great with leggings and a below knee dress length. The neck edge is finished with elastic which makes it easily adaptable.

This is a super simple and quick make. It has been graded as a level two because it involves using bias tape to finish the neck edge. However if you feel OK about using bias tape then this really is the easiest dress ever!

This pretty flutter sleeve dress is ideal made in woven craft weight cotton. Craft weight cotton is so widely available in so many wonderful prints and colours that we really are spoilt for choice. It can also be made in other woven cotton fabrics and cotton blends. Cotton lawn and lighter cotton fabrics work nicely for a softer flutter sleeve.

Here our beautiful little models are wearing a dress made in Michael Miller Your pad or mine. and a top made in Michael Miller Lily pond garden. Our youngest model is wearing a flutter sleeve dress made in Liberty English garden Mamie.

If you have bought a Bobbins and Buttons pattern you will probably have read that all the patterns are named after someone who has inspired me in some way or another. There are lots of people who I know of, read about or have met that do amazing things on a large scale, a small scale and sometimes by just being themselves. Some of these people are famous and some are just regular everyday super heroes. All of which I think deserve to be celebrated in equal measures.

Lillia Rae is named after the little girl who is modelling here. Lillia Rae’s mum has been a regular at my sewing classes for a few years now. Though Claire (her mum) has only been sewing a few years she clearly has a talent for it. During classes I learnt about Lillia Rae’s passion for sewing and the time she spends enjoying the skill with her mum. Lillia Rae at the young age of 8 years old already has excellent sewing skills. I love her passion and dedication to sewing, an inspiring little girl with an inspiring talent that I am very happy to support.

Lillia Rae has of course tested this pattern, you will be able to see her version in a post coming soon.

For little ones the dress or top version are great ways to showcase a fun border print. This flutter sleeve dress makes a great blank canvas for embellishments of all sort. Fancy stitching, applique and embroidery would all be great decorations.

For a less summery version Lillia Rae could made in winter prints and layered up with tights and long sleeve t-shirts.

This flutter sleeve dress pattern starts at size 3 months and goes all the way up to 10 years old. Its loose and roomy perfect for little crawlers and early walkers not to be restricted.

I hope you enjoy making Lillia Rae flutter sleeve dress. If you feel like sharing your makes on social media we would love to see. Use #releaseyourhandmade so we can find your makes.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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