Rebecca’s embroidered Mary dress.

For my first blog post I have made a Mary dungaree dress for my six-year-old. The pattern age range is 1 – 12 years and comes with pocket options, you can choose a top front bib pocket or two curved hand pockets, on the front or back, or all of them at once if you wished, after all, my children do love to find and  carry their treasures around!

Mary dress - Bobbins and buttons

I used a stretch denim I had in my stash and decided on the front curved hand pockets. I decided to add some embroidery on one pocket that I had been inspired by when out shopping, I chose a cat as my daughter loves cats. You can also make this dress in non-stretch denim, corduroy or a canvas.

The instructions are simple and easy to follow with a photo accompanying each step. I do find some instructions can be overwhelming with text and information, but Bobbins and Buttons instructions are clear and to the point which is refreshing.

You have the option of printing your pdf at home or A0 at a print shop. I chose the print shop as I’m lazy. My daughters’ measurements came up as a size 6yr and that is the size I made. The pattern came together as I would expect and was a quick sew.

Once the pattern was sewn up, I added the embroidery, I initially did some Pinterest browsing on pocket embroidery, then did some doodles and settled on a design. I copied the design onto the pocket with a washable white fabric pen, then used a hoop to make embroidering easier. I used mainly the backstitch stitch to outline the cat, I used the French knot stitch for the eyes and a satin stitch for the nose. It’s a really simple design but I love the pop of colour and extra interest it gives; I think I will do this again.

The dress turned out as I expected it would and my daughter loves it, she hasn’t taken it off yet. She finds it comfortable and not restrictive at all when playing and dancing and she loves she can wear it in all seasons by layering up or down.

I would say the pattern is suitable for beginners and with the option of using buttons and buttonholes or dungaree clips and buttons, you can really make it your own. I chose to use some dungaree clips and buttons I had already, I used my press to attach the buttons, but they can be added easily buy using a hammer, so give it a go.

I really recommend this pattern and I have a few more lined up for both my girls. The next ones I’m going to make are from needlecord, I’m going down the matching clothes route, just like when me and my sister were young.

I hope you’ve found this helpful and thanks for stopping by to read.

Rebecca x

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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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