Friday, 19 June 2015

Syrsha's Dresses

Some time ago, I started planning a couple of little dresses for one of the good friends I've made here on Blogger, Katie Elizabeth, who at the time was expecting a baby girl. Little Syrsha is six months old now, but I got there eventually!

I started planning these at the end last year, at the same time I started making the aprons. At the moment, nothing in life is quick. Eight months later, and the parcel arrived in the US earlier this week, and I can finally share what I've been working on.

I'm a little obsessed with the concept of sailor dresses, and this pattern was perfect for one. It took me forever to decide on just which color combination I would use. There are so many options with blue, white, red, different amounts of stripes in different places... But ultimately this is the one I liked the most, and will one day use as a basis for the me-size sailor dress I've had the pattern sitting around for for years.

Finding fabric is never easy these days, either. I have to find what I think I'm looking for online, and mum picks it up for me. I was lucky enough to be at Lincraft in Warrnambool before Christmas, where I picked up the perfect fabrics for the blue dress, along with the bulk of the supplies for the aprons I made, but nothing for the pink dress. I must've bought 3-4 'pinks' and 3 'whites' before I found the perfect baby pink pin dot print, and a lovely soft collar fabric.

Do not even ask how many new buttons I have in my collection that ultimately didn't fit the bill.

For now, I think I need to get back to a few projects I've left unfinished and get started on that pile of repairs before I start anything else new.

Anyway, here they are!

The colors didn't turn out quite right in the photos, but they've very generic navy blue and baby pinks. That's one bonus to usually sewing all black - you don't have to worry too much about lighting in photos.

Please excuse the loose threads/cat hair/wrinkles. I did go over it before taking photos, not that you'd know it by looking.

I'm really in love with how neatly this hem turned out. I finished the raw edge with a narrow rolled hem, then slipstitched it behind the white bias binding.

(apologies for the photo spam)



  1. Super cute! Job well done, sailor dresses for little kids are so adorable!

  2. Just stunning Bells
    You never cease to amaze me with your talents
    Not that I'm surprised
    I always knew you were super talented
    It's obvious how much time and care you put in to those beautiful dresses
    I still treasure my apron
    And wear it at ever opportunity x

  3. I love the dresses, they are super cute.
    I'm obsessed with anything vintage and let be the sailor stuff too. You are very talented.
    I hope your head is feeling a little better.
    Take care x

  4. THOSE ARE GORGEOUS!!!! I want a baby now just so you can make them an outfit.

    You are very talented.

  5. i find this so weird. you know when the parcel has gotten to the US? #superheroBella.

    *listens to Bella talk about fabrics and stuff and just finds Bella cute. i love you*

    "Do not even ask how many new buttons I have in my collection that ultimately didn't fit the bill." how many

    oh God they are so gorgeous ahhhhhhhhhhhh

    i am holding my head to my hands and just know what's funny? i think the drawings are just so so cute and they just made me really happy. :3

    seconding Mich there. i seriously want a kid just so you can make them cutesy clothes. and yes, you are very talented and this is just so cute.

    honestly, this would've taken me so long to make. and no way the stitching would turn out this neat either!!!

    kudos and congrats to Katie. xxx

    -Sam Lupin

  6. These are simply stunning Bella! I know I've said it before, but I will say it again because it's so true - you are just so talented, really, it leaves me in awe to see what you are capable of. I wish you could see just how amazing you really are!! I wish I could have something made by you, I know it'd be wonderful! Take care and keep sewing, you're a superstar! XXx

  7. comment reply:

    Bella Bella Bella Belllllllaaa

    you missed this post because it is a secret post /has to be said.

    i'm glad it wasn't any worse. it was so weird though...that it actually happened. if they didn't have pictures of the car smashed and the aunt wasn't in A&E i wouldn't believe them. aunt is doing just fine. bounced back in no time!

    "Are you okay?" oh no, sweetie. it's just fine. it was one day. now, i'm back to myself. though it is weird how that could happen. funnily enough, my depressive episodes are normally non-existent ever since i've had a regular Zumba schedule. i noticed that i will be depressed if i go less than my typical 4 times a week...funny how that is!

    "You are 100% exceptional regardless of any 'almost'. I am literally in awe of how intelligent and accomplished you are." i am blushing so hard i'd camouflage behind a red wall. that means nothing to me by the way. dropping out of high school/courses...means nothing to me ;) you're still smart as hell in my eyes and plenty accomplished even though it doesn't feel that way to you. you're stronger than steel and braver than a lion (not the cowardly lion in Wizard of Oz. i'm braver than that bloke).

    the last screenshot? not out of a porno. though God, you make me wish it was.

    oh my God. that's insane (and brilliant). funny thing i forgot to tell you i dreamed about you too. you didn't look like yourself. you lived in a huge house and were angry at me for something i did. you were blonde. very blonde. as in golden blonde. and you were wearing white jelly shoes.

    about that song... *clicks* i don't even know. dammit, Bella.

    -Sam Lupin

  8. Bella

    These are amazing.
    I really think this could be a business for you.