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Hello Kitty {handmade for Kitty}

20/05/2016

You’ll never guess what I made this week. Just as second socks have to be knit immediately after the first sock or the pair will never ever be finished, it makes perfect sense to me to keep on going and make the second dress after I’ve finished the first, while I can still remember all the tips and tricks that I either used or more importantly, wish I’d used, with the first.  And so this week I made Kitty her Susanne.

Space for the Butterflies - Susanne from Citronelle Patterns in Hello Kitty Wonderland Liberty Tana Lawn

The fabric is more Liberty print, this time Hello Kitty Wonderland, bought from the sale bin in Liberty’s long before I realised how prized and treasured Hello Kitty Liberty print is – had I known I might have bought the other two lengths as well.   Space for the Butterflies - Susanne from Citronelle Patterns in Hello Kitty Wonderland Liberty Tana Lawn

For my quite spectacularly tall 5 year old, whose age 8 dresses are looking decidedly too short I went for the age 10 size – and added an extra three inches to the bottom.  And it looks like it might just last longer than a month before she grows out of it.  At the moment it reaches just about past her knee, while Elma’s equivalent dress came just to the knee, but I like the way it looks, there’s a slightly 70’s kaftan vibe to it, especially as I went with deep orange thread for the topstitching (thank you Instagram and Facebook friends for the straw poll!). Space for the Butterflies - Susanne from Citronelle Patterns in Hello Kitty Wonderland Liberty Tana Lawn

The construction is obviously exactly the same as Elma’s; I didn’t use the elastic on the shoulders this time and I’m in two minds as to whether it needs it, the yoke is just a little bit big on Kitty right now, but she loves it as it is and vehemently protested the mere idea of any alterations so for now it stays without elastic.  I also found that knowing how it fitted together meant that I could use the seam allowances at the side of the yoke to tuck around each other and pin them in place so that they were held in place by the waist seam.  I’d love to show you a photo of what I mean but ever since I finished the dress it’s either been on Kitty or folded up on her pillow so you’ll have to trust me when I say that it looks a lot neater and tidier than the inside of the previous incarnation.

Space for the Butterflies - Susanne from Citronelle Patterns in Hello Kitty Wonderland Liberty Tana Lawn

Despite much watching of YouTube videos on different seam finishes the easiest thing still seemed to be to use a sort of all in one French seam clipped to let it go around the corners for the sides and the sleeves and so far it seems to be holding up on both versions.  The final touch on the construction was to make a little more bias binding to cover up the waist seam as before and then it was all ready to be hung up on the curtain rail to wait for Kitty to come down the next morning.

Space for the Butterflies - Susanne from Citronelle Patterns in Hello Kitty Wonderland Liberty Tana Lawn

I love seeing how much she loves it. I’m always happy when the children like the things I make for them because there’s more than just fabric and stitches in the making, but this fabric has been intended for Kitty for a while and I’m glad I could make something for her before she grew out of every pattern anywhere that would make her her Hello Kitty dress.  And as Elma will be all but adult by the time it fits her as a handmedown I can only hope that it stays Kitty’s dress for a good while to come!

Space for the Butterflies - Susanne from Citronelle Patterns in Hello Kitty Wonderland Liberty Tana Lawn

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  • Mandycharlie 20/05/2016 at 8:02 am

    Gorgeous with a capital G fabric, very pretty dress, the perfect combination.

  • Louise | Squished Blueberries 20/05/2016 at 3:28 pm

    Beautiful! I wish I had your talent for making beautiful things. I think I’m going to give it a go though, just a simple skirt each for the girls or something. I really want to give it a go, what’s the worst that could happen?

  • Judy 20/05/2016 at 5:14 pm

    First I have to say, your daughter is just too precious!! Oh that smile is so infectious I found myself smiling while reading your entire post! And that dress! I totally understand why she loves it so 🙂 Beautifully done!

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches 20/05/2016 at 6:24 pm

    Gorgeous dress and fabulous photos!

  • Kate Heads 20/05/2016 at 6:57 pm

    I love your pics, they capture the essence of a moment in time. I haven’t got over the bluebells from last week yet.

  • Michelle 20/05/2016 at 11:18 pm

    You take such gorgeous pictures!

  • Jill 20/05/2016 at 11:34 pm

    Love the fabric and the fun pictures.

  • Colleen 21/05/2016 at 1:48 pm

    beautiful finish – looks like she loves it !

  • Quilts & Such 22/05/2016 at 3:18 am

    Love it! Very cute1

  • Hannah | MakeDo&Push 23/05/2016 at 7:25 pm

    Wow! It’s fabulous!! The Hello Kitty fabric is amazing! Beautiful!

    Thanks for linking up to #FunkyKidFriday xxx

  • Snowcatcher 24/05/2016 at 3:05 am

    What a cute little dress on an adorable little model! Your photography is excellent!

    • Carie 24/05/2016 at 9:04 pm

      ~Aww thanks very much 🙂

  • Carlin 26/05/2016 at 10:54 pm

    oh my gosh – that fabric is gorgeous! the dress is perfect for it – nice job!

  • Sally 02/06/2016 at 3:14 pm

    Another amazing fabric, and they both work so well with the pattern, really lovely dress again.