Saturday, 14 May 2011

Little Red Riding Hood – Part One

Book week is coming around pretty quickly for us and this year Tink is going as Little Red Riding Hood.

Luckily I had some red gingham in my fabric stash and a finger puppet for inspiration.

With no pattern, and I'm not sure I would be able to follow one anyway I decided to cut two rectangles and stitch the short sides together as a start to the skirt.

Then I moved on to the top, I drew around TInk to get her size and came up with a shape that I thought would work for the top panel. I then cut another one out for the back which I was going to make in two pieces, I cut the neck slightly higher and overlapped the two pieces so that I could have buttons up the back.

Pinned the front and the two back pieces together and stitched at the top and side seams.

I put bias binding round the neck because I thought it would be easier than turning a hem!

I cut some rectangular shapes for the sleeves and stitched down the longer side and attached them to the dress.

Then I had to work out how to attach the skirt to the top. The only way I could think to do it was by putting a running stitch using elastic around the open top of the skirt piece so that I could gather it to be the same size as the top… my machine does have a gathering foot but the instructions confused me! 

I pulled the elastic quite tight and turned the skirt inside out with elastic side down and the put the top piece inside. I had to use my feet to hold the tension while I pinned… feet come in very handy when you run out of hands I then turned the little piece of top fabric over the gathered elastic skirt and sewed the two together.

This was it without the binding on the arms and I was yet to do the buttonholes…

I then cut the sleeves at an angle and put binding on them.

Ta-Da, one finished little red riding hood dress!

The hood is very nearly finished and then I'll be making an apron.

Part Two coming soon…

Hope you've all had a good day sewing too.



  1. Fantastic - who needs a pattern anyway! Well done

  2. Absolutely… making it up as you go along is much more fun!


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