ooobop! Hope dress

ooobop hope dress

ooobop! Hope dress

I must have gone soft in my old age! As soon as I saw this dress pattern in February’s Sew Magazine, I knew I would make it. Just needed to find a baby! As luck would have it, my eldest daughter’s friend just had her second baby, a little girl called Hope. I was so excited and made a beeline for AK Textiles in Ealing who have fabrics on sale as they are so sadly closing down. I bought 3 metres of baby pink and 3 of blue linen, even though I only needed about half a meter! Its so soft and drapy and old-fashioned. I love it! I made the bias trim too from some little rose-print poly cotton I picked up locally from a shop in the Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush.

This project was a first not just in making a baby dress but for making the bias trim and incorporating french seams. I’ve always been a bit lazy to employ these but I love how neat they are and will certainly be adding them to future garments.

french seam

French seams are so neat!

I changed quite a few things from the original which incidentally was embellished much like a Christmas tree! The instructions called for a zip which I thought went against the grain of a soft baby dress, so I used poppers instead. Much easier than buttons, I thought, to get off in a hurry when you’ve got a nappy crisis! I also enclosed the raw edges of the yoke inside. Much neater.

poppers instead of a zip

Poppers instead of a zip

I need more practice with getting gathers even on a ruffle. In fact I’m very tempted to make more of this dress to practice. Maybe my graphic designer’s eye is too self-critical and maybe I need to look at other flounces to check their even-distribution before I beat myself up too much! Just look at the texture of the linen. Is it just me who gets that warm fuzzy feeling?!

the flounce

Is it a flounce or a ruffle?

I so wanted to keep this dress simple but I couldn’t resist adding a bias bow to finish it off.

Bias trim bow detail

Bias trim bow detail

Well, I’m off the wrap it and put it in the post. I do very much hope Hope likes it!! (sorry!)


12 thoughts on “ooobop! Hope dress

    • Thank you Karen. It was a great little exercise in taking things slowly and getting details really neat. And that does make me feel quite proud. I still get a bit impatient with bigger projects especially if its something I want to wear NOW!

  1. I get the warm fuzzy feeling too – so perfect. You can definitely see your eye for perfection in this dress. I’ve been a bit lazy with the french seams recently but I shall be getting back on them as the finish in this is just lovely.

    Just came across your blog but I’ve added it to my favourites – its real good.


  2. What a lucky baby girl! This dress is adorable!

    Sadly, the fabulous fabric shops of Goldhawk road are at threat of demolition.
    You can read the full details on Melissa’s blog:

    Please spread the word,join the facebook group, write to the council and lend your support in any way you can. Otherwise fabric shopping trips to Goldhawk road may sadly become a thing of the past.

    • Thank you for your post. I have indeed joined the facebook groups and I will write to support the cause too. I will be devastated if this goes ahead. I live a stones throw from the Goldhawk Road.

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