Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My first attempt at a frock

Remember how I mentioned in my last post that I was working on a frock for lil N? Well...I finally finished it yesterday (well almost...pending a few finishing touches). So here it is...


So a little bit more about this frock. The design evolved over time as I kept working on the project. I did not start with any pattern in mind other than the umbrella skirt shape that I had already cut earlier. I wanted to make a low waist frock since I think N looks great in them. So the umbrella cut skirt bottom is made of left over fabric I had from my first ever sewing project - a top for lil N (see pic 1 in my previous post). The top portion is made of a blouse piece that my MIL gave me as part of the multiple fabrics she gifted me when I visited her last and demonstrated my new found love for sewing!

I wanted to do something different for sleeves this time. So after browsing online, I came across a video on how to make ruffles. Loved it. And tried it. And it came out fine - am mighty pleased with the new skill :-) Take a closer look...


Sewing the bottom to the top half was the most difficult part in this project since this was the first time I was making a frock. I had only made a separate skirt and a top earlier. I searched a lot for a tutorial or a video detailing that aspect but found none. So this frock is literally a result of lots of trials, errors and discoveries from my end. I would love to add a red satin belt at the waist or a black satin ribbon at the bottom of the umbrella skirt. Let's see when I get to doing that :-)

In the meantime, fit wise it turned out to be just the right fit for N. Which actually means that she may outgrow it soon! So I really hope she wears it a few times before I have to retire it.

Linking this to Patty's weekly party here. Lemme know what you think!


Updated to Add: Thanks to one of my friends, I also learnt a new trick to alter the length of pants using the free arm feature of my sewing machine. It is super obvious to the pros but was a duh moment for me :-) So obviously I got "trigger happy" and amidst the frock project, quickly altered (read:chopped off) one of my office trousers to turn them into capris! Now I can wear them more often in a totally different style! Pics later...ta da!

9 comments:

Patricia Torres said...

Oh gosh!! This is lovely!! And you say its your first attempt.. Is like WOW!!! I cant stitch anything.. to save my life… Awesome!! You’ve done a truly fabulous job!! :-)

notyet100 said...

Cute one,..:)

Reshma at colorcanopy.blogspot.com said...

I just admire those who can sew! Congratulations!
I am really bad at it and though I have a sewing machine at home, I cannot bring myself to sewing! But you did a great job with that dress!

weourlife said...

Waw it has come out excellent..I am so impressed that your first frock itself is a big hit :)

Divs said...

Thanks Patty, Notyet100, Reshma and Weourlife!

You gals are so encouraging...feels good to be appreciated for small pleasures in life :-)

hvp said...

Awesome job, Divs! This is too good. Lil N is going to love all this when she grows up.

Divs said...

Thanks HVP...yeah I didn't think of her emotions when she sees this after growing up :-) That brings a whole new satisfaction to this work. Thanks :-)

Priya said...

Hi Divs,

Found your blog, searching for something and glad that I did. I am a mom of a lovely 15 month old daughter. I too have a website on parenting and childcare . Would love to hear your comments.

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