Welcome Carmen Baugh, co-owner of Three Maria Designs, an on-line clothing boutique offering quality, hand sewn designs for children. Carmen is a sewing instructor at Mary Jo’sCloth Store and shares her favorite style dress for little girls; the A-Line dress.
I was fortunate to be the recipient of my mother-in-law’s vintage patterns. They were neatly stored in a closet along with her fabric stash. Inside the box were two patterns for an A-Line jumper that dated back to the 1950’s and 1960’s. The patterns were priced 25 cents and 45 cents respectively. I knew then that the A-Line jumper was a true classic. I have sewn hundreds of them for my daughters, nieces, great nieces, granddaughter, friends, and with students in sewing classes, and now for Three Maria Designs.
My favorite pattern, which I have used for the past 5 years, is “Lucy” by Children’s Corner. I like this pattern because it is not stacked; with each size as a separate piece. This means you do not have to trace the size you need. The directions are clear and easy to follow and the pattern is true to size.
The A-Line dress is a simple and I look at it as a blank canvas. It is perfect for monograms, appliqué, ric rac, lace, ruffles and piping. I have embellished A-Line dresses with a variety of themes such as birthday cakes, pumpkins, ghosts, Christmas trees, flowers, crabs, alligators, a jester hat and more. You can be very creative!
It is a fun dress that is easy to make and the fit is very forgiving. It can be made as a summer jumper using seersucker fabric (my favorite) and for winter using corduroy and worn with a blouse or turtleneck. I make my dresses fully lined with matching covered buttons and that is what students learn in my class.
If you are interested in learning how to make an A-Line dress, I will be teaching a class at Mary Jo’s Cloth Store on August 14 and August 21, 2014. We will be making the A-Line Pumpkin Dress. I hope to see you there! Click here for more information.
Maria Carmen Baugh
Three Maria Designs
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