SEWING FOR KIDS

CHARLIE DRESS AND NEW LABELS

June 9, 2016

I recently sewed up a new Charlie Dress for my daughter as the last one is getting short.ย It’s such a cute pattern with it’s drop waisted simple silhouette and great twirling potential. Such a favorite little girls pattern in my house. Not to mention a very fast sew.

For fabric I used some of Leah Duncan’s new voile fabric for Cloud 9. Her whole collection is so beautiful. I want to buy it all. I love using dark colored voile when sewing up clothing for my children because it has the benefit of being light and airy, but because of it’s darker color it’s still opaque enough that I don’t need to line it.

Just as a heads up, I think that this pattern runs a bit wide in the chest area.ย It matches with the measurement chart, but if you are one that usually just goes with your child’s normal ready to wear size you might want to rethink that for this dress and compare your measurements to her chart. I think I cut a size 4 in the chest and size 6 in length for my daughter which worked out great.

I also got to use my brand new labels from The Dutch Label Company on this dress and I love them. I already have a ton of labels with my logo on them, so when they offered to let me try out some of their labels I wanted to do something different and more personal. My daughter loves to tell anyone who compliments her clothing that I made it, so I decided to simply write “My Mom Made This” on them.

(You can also see that I used gold bias tape for the inside of this dress because it’s what I had on hand. As pretty as it is, it was a beast to sew with. Frays easily and doesn’t wrap around the curves like regular tape. Seems to me that it’s even more synthetic than the regular.)

I made a set with a heart on them and a set without depending on how sweet the item I sewed is. I also made up some labels for each of my children that said “propery of , their name, ย and my number” to put on items such as lunch bags and jackets for school. Already coming in handy. I’m not going to show you these though because they have personal info on them ๐Ÿ™‚

I can’t say enough great things about working with Dutch Label Company.ย Their site is super slick, making it easy to see exactly what you are ordering. Also, you can do small runs instead of the 300 I had to order from a different company. If you are like me and your logo changed about 10 times in the first 3 years of your company, it’s nice to not commit to so many at once. I also appreciated the fast turn around. Because they are made in the US you will have your labels in hand within a week or two.

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13 Comments

  • Reply Clio June 9, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    I heart your labels! How sweet!

  • Reply lisa g June 9, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Very cute! And I love the labels.

  • Reply kristin June 9, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Super cute! Love the shape of that Charlie dress and the print is great too. I agree about the gold bias. :/

    Great labels too!

    • Reply True Bias June 17, 2016 at 7:52 AM

      that gold bias is the worst. fraying and wont give around the curves. never again!

  • Reply Kat June 10, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    I love the idea of my mom made this labels. It makes me want to see more clothes for my kids so I can put labels in their clothes ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply True Bias June 17, 2016 at 7:52 AM

      totally! im wanting to go back and add them to a bunch of things ive already made too.

  • Reply Kat June 10, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    *I hate how auto correct always changes sew to see!

    • Reply True Bias June 17, 2016 at 7:53 AM

      always! drives me insane on instagram too.

  • Reply Sonja June 18, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    This is so sweet! I love it!

  • Reply Paul Cwalina July 5, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Hello,
    I took a look at the labels you got from dutch labels and really they are quite low quality compared to the ones that you would see on big clothing companies. I guess this is what you get when you make small quantities of labels. If you were ever interested in getting a professional woven label done from the company that does labels for major clothing brands you should check out CBF Labels. I work for them and would love for you to give us a chance at quality woven labels.

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