Annabell's Frock

Did you know Grier's birthday was coming up? I KNOW! She's going to be one. I can't believe it. Anyhoo Morag has bought her Baby Annabell for her birthday but we both decided her outfit was not up to scratch. Morag knitted her a cardigan and hat and I got busy making her a frock.Annabell is a 14 inch doll for the uninitiated so I googled for patterns and came up with this. My version is pretty plain - no lacy collar. It was simple and quick and I've saved the pattern to make another (couple...) Obviously Grier needed a dress to match using this Jessica's blog - at Craftiness is Not Optional is a great resource for me. I began reading her blog before I even had a sewing machine and would love to try out a ton more of her ideas and tutorials. It's generous bloggers like her who have helped me learn to sew in my own time at my kitchen table.

Annabell's dress is a good fit but next time I will make it open up the back completely - Bucks Fizz style so it's easier for Greig Grier to get on and off. The basic dress will be a good basic pattern to add ruffles or embellishment to. Grier's dress is on the larger side - probably a good thing right? I think I am always generous when cutting seam allowance then a little stingy actually sewing it up so the finished piece ends up bigger. I love the button lpacket on the back - I was completely bamboozled by it at one point but it came good in the end. The neck is far too wide - have no idea how I manged that but with a t-shirt underneath it should be fine and I can adjust the pattern for next time - I definitely want to have another go at this one.