Pintuck dress

Last year I treated myself to some Craftsy courses in one of their sales. I bought Heirloom Sewing to learn how to create those old fashioned girl’s dresses my mother-in-law loves so much. Dresses like those seem to be a good way to learn and practice new sewing skills.

One of the lessons featured a pintuck foot. I had been intrigued by pintucks and had wanted to create them, but the precision you seem to need always put me off. I’m reasonably precise, but not half a millimeter precise and that seemed the kind of precision you need when sewing pintucks. But Susan Stewart put me at ease as she explained how the pintuck foot and twin needle basically do all your work for you.

Here they are at work.

You have to decide on the amount of space you want in between tucks, but then the grooves and the twin needle take care of the rest. Susan advised to pintuck before cutting out a pattern as the tucks will distort your fabric heavily and so I did. It took quite some time as my left thread kept breaking and I never figured out why, but I think the result is really cool!

I used the building block dress from Oliver + S as my pattern. Honestly, if you sew for girls this book is amazing. I learned so much from the instructions, the variations on the basic dress are endless and it will take you up to age 12. Very good value for money.

I’m still in love with the basic pattern and Hanna hasn’t expressed any of her own dressy wishes, so the basic dress it was.

I love the pretty collar against the pintucks:

I used an invisible zip instead of buttons.

The construction of the dress was pretty straightforward and well explained in the book.