For the 4th of July, our young friend Madeline had been dreaming of a colonial dress just her size. She and her mom selected Simplicity pattern 3725, and Sarah and I had the privilege of helping them complete this project recently. I was thankful for the opportunity to refine my sewing abilities and assist them with this homemaking skill. We spent the day with our sewing machines and tables set up in the living room.
Excitement increased as the dress quickly took shape. Above, we are marking the pattern with a chalk wheel onto the colorful fabric she chose and pinning together the bodice of the dress.
Madeline was eager to take part in every step she could. Here she and Sarah see to some inevitable seam-ripping.
Jenny, Madeline's mother, tried her hand at sewing some seams on our Bernina machine, which she agreed was very smooth to operate!
It's coming together!
By the end of the afternoon, we were ready to begin putting in the many gathers of the skirt.
Sarah finished up attaching the sleeves to the bodice as Madeline took note. The remaining tasks such as adding a zipper, lace, and a hem were completed just in time for Madeline to wear her new dress at the 4th of July celebration festivities. She looked like she stepped out of history!
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