It is late on January 31st, but the first of the Dozen of Dresses - the January Dress is Done! I love how it turned out. If you have never thought of using flannel for a little girl’s dress, think again. My sixteen year old daughter said if she could get away with wearing a flannel owl jumper, she would – it is just so cuddly!
I did want to give you some finishing notes. On the hem, first I attached the hem facing and then finished the sides of the skirt by folding them to the wrong side by 1/2 inch and edge stitching as per the pattern directions. After trimming to 1/4 inch, I folded the skirt sides in again by 1 inch. At this point, you could use the button holes and buttons to keep the side skirt facings in place as per the pattern directions, or do as I did and stitch again on the previous line of stitching – this leaves a line of stitching showing on the right side. I didn’t mind this since I chose to edge stitch the arm holes and neckline as well as the tabs. If instead, you don’t want a line of stitching down the skirt sides, and you want to use the buttons and button holes to hold the facings in place, I would recommend slip stitching the skirt side facings to the hem back in the area covered by the hem facing, since the skirt side facings are not held down by the hem as they would be in the original pattern directions. The pattern directions also suggest stitching the bottom of the box pleat in place. I tried this with the flannel fabric and did not like the look at all. The flannel is soft and cuddly, and the sharpness of a crisp box pleat did not seem appropriate. I will certainly try it when I make this jumper out of a cotton broadcloth where a crisp box pleat would look adorable.
If you follow my example and edge stitch the neckline and arm holes, make sure to attach the skirt to the yoke, and slip stitch your lining in place before you edge stitch the arm hole area. The bottom of the arm hole is just too close to the yoke seam allowance to have room to work if the armhole is edge stitched already.
The key to great looking tabs is good pressing before edge stitching the tabs. Here is where those mini-hams come in! I finished the tabs with these fun flower buttons, but I wanted to have some Pinky Diamond fabric showing on the back so I decided to use covered buttons. Next up is the February Dress – stay tuned!