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First day at school dress – Wendybird dress times two

Something about a donkey that doesn’t hurts itself twice on the same stone (Dunglish expression), or in correct English a fox is not caught twice in the same snare. I sewed the Wendybird dress by Stitch Upon a Time* for our eldest for her first day at school. But something went wrong while cutting of the fabric. The first dress I sewed is the frog dress with the blue and yellow stripes. Well actually several things went wrong when cutting the skirt panel.

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First, I mixed up the width and height of the panel piece. The stripes were supposed to be horizontal instead of vertical, well I do not mind the mix up. Second, the pattern piece for the skirt panel (the stripe fabric in the skirt) is written down in measurements in the pattern instead of having a pattern piece. Of course I forgot, or at least didn’t think of it during cutting, that I used a different size for the width of the dress as for the length. So my skirt panel was quite a bit shorter than the other dress pieces. So I added a contrasting piece of fabric to the skirt panel. I love it, it looks even better with the orange piece!
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One week later I sewed another Wendybird dress, this time for our middle daughter. This time I paid attention to the width and height of the panel piece. Still I forgot, something about my pregnancy brain still not having recovered, to lengthen the pattern piece. Again I used a different size for the chest and the length. So again I had to add a contrasting piece of fabric to make the panel piece just as long as the other skirt pieces. In the end you cannot tell that I made the same mistake twice!

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For the frog dress of our eldest I used the pleats for the skirt, this gives the widest skirt and of course our eldest wants to twirl as much as possible. For the bird dress for our middle daughter I used the gathering technique for the panel piece (both are included in the pattern). She loves any type of dress and is less picky about the amount of twirl of the dress.
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Fabric: Jack and Frog Friends by Lillestoff and the blue and yellow stripe fabric comes from my fabric store in Italy. The red bird fabric is also a Lillestoff fabric, which I bought a long time ago.
Pattern: Wendybird dress by Stitch Upon a Time

Fabric in 2018: this week in 0 – 4 out (2018: bought 36 – used 65 fabric – used 3 gifted fabric – used 14 scrap pieces of fabric) – in total 36 in 82 out

* Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links”. This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission, the price for you will be the same. Thank you for supporting my fabric and pattern addiction!

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