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Testing the new Lillia Rae sewing pattern.

A few weeks ago I published the pdf version of my new simple dress sewing pattern for girls. Lillia Rae is a super simple dress sewing pattern for girls from as young as 3 months old. The pattern offers two lengths, a dress length and a tunic length perfect to wear with leggings. The style features short flutter sleeves and elasticated neckline.

As always I asked my trusty team of testers if they would try the pattern. Reporting back with any comments and improvements before the pattern goes live. Their feedback is invaluable and it is always great to see the different interpretations.

One of the testers was particularly special this time. Lillia Rae the namesake of the pattern. Lillia Rae at the tender age of eight years old is already a super sewer and often models for Bobbins and Buttons patterns too. You can read all about how the naming comes about here.

Lillia Rae choose this fun sewing machine print fabric for her test run. She commented that it would be a good style to make in place of Christmas jumpers because there are always so many themed printed cotton fabrics available. I like her creative thinking!

Abi’s young model looks gorgeous in this fun black apple print. I think this shows how you could turn this simple dress sewing pattern into a quick party outfit.

I love how Abi always finds a way to add an extra flourish to her makes. She has made great use of machine decorative stitches, using a leaf stitch design around the neck edge and hemline.

Debbie’s little model looks very stylish in her grey print version worn with leggings.

I love her effortless style.

Shelias young model looks great in her version of this simple dress. Shelia wasn’t so keen on the flutter sleeve, she adapted the sleeves by adding a channel for narrow elastic around the sleeve hem. A great adaptation idea that works really well.

Thank you girls for testing this simple dress sewing pattern for girls. I love your special touches and fabric choices.

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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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