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I got my first sewing commission to make a size 2 bird dress. The first bird dress was my first dress. I can definitely see the improvement in my sewing skills! This time I put green binding tape around the arm holes instead of a tiny rolled hem.

Bird Dress 2.0

I still really like the acorn buttons. I think I might have to buy more just in case I need to make another bird dress.

Bird Dress 2.0 Buttons

I still love love love french seams! I used them for all the dresses I have made and I don’t plan to stop!

Bird Dress - French Seams

I don’t have a serger so the quick alternative is a zig-zag stitch. I did use that for the seams in the diaper cover because they only touch the diaper, not any skin. The only downside (besides taking extra time) I have found for french seams is the extra bulk created when hemming. A better sewing machine wouldn’t notice the extra thickness, but mine is very basic.

Bird Dress Progress

Originally uploaded by craftytalk

It is coming along nicely even after the pattern scare. My printer printed the pattern a bit small. I guess you really should check the square to make sure it is an inch. Oops! I tweaked the sizing a bit so hopefully it will turn out a reasonable size. I was making size 3 but it might end up a 2/3.

Bird Dress – French Seams

Originally uploaded by craftytalk

I love french seams!

I am not very good with the zig-zag stitch and french seams only require straight stitching. It takes longer because you have to trim and press at the half way mark.

I think the effort is worth it.

Work through the pain.

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