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From: pamlg1223
Date: 07-11-2007, 02:34 PM (1 of 12)
Hi everyone,

I am a new enthusiastic sewer. I received a Kenmore 19233 1 1/2 years ago from my husband. I looking forward to sharing ideas and learning. I have taken some lessons but I have a bunch of questions.

To start with, can anyone suggest a really easy dress pattern I can make for my 4 year old?

User: pamlg1223
Member since: 07-10-2007
Total posts: 10
From: esrun3
Date: 07-11-2007, 03:49 PM (2 of 12)
Hi and welcome to the group. I like the kwik sew patterns for kids but you could check out one of the major 3's websites or look through the pattern books and look for one labeled easy. A simple a-line jumper might be nice if you don't line it.
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 07-11-2007, 07:24 PM (3 of 12)
I saw some new patterns on the Kwik Sew website,, They are called Learn to sew or something to that effect.. I am with Lyn.. I love K-S patterns..
Sew With Love
User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: lendube
Date: 07-11-2007, 10:24 PM (4 of 12)
Hi Pam,

Welcome. Sorry I can't help (no little ones to sew for) but you'll get seeeeewwwwww much help here. (Sorry, couldn't help myself there.)

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: material_pakrat
Date: 07-11-2007, 10:31 PM (5 of 12)
If it is for summer, why not try a pillow case dress. If you do a search through here, you will find heaps of comments / suggestions/ assistance on them. It felt like everyone was making them about 6 months ago.
This one I used for the top bodice shaping. This one is good for the step by step instructions.
Cheers, Soph.

I'm happiest when I am sewing!
User: material_pakrat
Member since: 12-13-2006
Total posts: 220
From: temom
Date: 07-11-2007, 11:10 PM (6 of 12)
I've been sewing for about 1 1/2 years, and mostly sew for my little girl who is now 6. I've made one dress for her, when I first started. I revisited the pattern recently, and still had so much trouble I threw the pattern away. I've made shorts, skorts, tops, and most recently, a tiered skirt.
For the tiered skirt I used Easy Stitch 'n save M5159 by McCall's. The instructions were pretty straightforward, although you may have trouble gathering the bottom tier unless you divide it into sections.

I'm now advocating Kwik Sew, as I bought the sewing for children book, and the patterns are very easy. I would like to try a Kwik Sew regular dress pattern, and see if it is as straight forward. If you go with the Kwik Sew, be sure the pattern will be small enough for a little 4 year old. Many, but not all, of the patterns start at a bigger size.
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
Total posts: 410
From: PaulineG
Date: 07-12-2007, 07:16 AM (7 of 12)
I'm yet another Kwik sew fan. I haven't tried a dress but I have made pretty much everything else from the KS book and other things from individual patterns.

They seem to have the most complete and user friendly instructions for beginners (that I've seen anyway).

The best dress I've made for my dd (8 yo) is one I traced off a simple halter a-line dress she had.

With patterns just try and look for dress with simple lines (no darts or shaping) and no zippers etc. You could also try a twirl skirt -
User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
Total posts: 901
From: toadusew
Date: 07-12-2007, 08:16 AM (8 of 12)
You've been given really good advice about finding a simple sundress type pattern. I've never used Kwik Sew, although it's obvious that many people like their patterns. It might be worth try for you, too.

Personally, I prefer McCall's and many of their Easy Stitch (the correct name is escaping me at the moment, but it's something like that) patterns might be suitable. I would recommend going to the store and looking through patterns, perhaps sitting down and looking at the instruction sheets in a few before deciding. I've done this for years, and as long as I put the instructions sheets back in the pattern envelope and put the pattern back in its correct place, nobody seems to mind.

Happy Sewing!:smile:
User: toadusew
Member since: 01-08-2005
Total posts: 369
From: pamlg1223
Date: 07-12-2007, 02:43 PM (9 of 12)
I think she would like a "twirl dress" but they all sound good-
User: pamlg1223
Member since: 07-10-2007
Total posts: 10
From: MartySews2
Date: 07-12-2007, 11:01 PM (10 of 12)
Hi and welcome to the group. I rarely sew for little ones usually just community service sewing and for an 8 yr old niece. I prefer sewing garments for adults. All of us will be willing to help answer your questions if we can.
Happy Stitching!
User: MartySews2
Member since: 05-03-2007
Total posts: 293
From: grandma C
Date: 07-13-2007, 01:02 AM (11 of 12)
ditto for Kwik Sew. I have the sewing for children book. It Provides good instruction and room for personal creativity.
User: grandma C
Member since: 01-15-2007
Total posts: 263
From: IsabelleB
Date: 07-18-2007, 06:18 AM (12 of 12)
Hello Pam, can't help you about the pattern, but you seem to have received loads of good advice already :up: Just wanted to wish you a warm welcome! :smile:
Sewing blog: Kitty Couture
User: IsabelleB
Member since: 10-25-2006
Total posts: 265
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