Stitch a Secret into a Little Girl’s Dress

Children's garments are so much fun to sew-for so many reasons.

Add a secret facing to a child's dress.
This cotton print makes a charming facing.

First, since they are small, almost inevitably they turn out very cute.

Second, they don't take that much fabric.

Third, they don't take too much time.

So, I often find myself making dresses for some of the little girls in my life.

And because the investment in time and materials is so much less than general dressmaking, I find myself enjoying adding little details that are "just for fun".

In the last little pinafore that I made, I added a facing that held a little secret. The dress itself is a soft linen gauze-perfect for hot summer days. But instead of using a facing of the same fabric, I chose a quilting cotton with a random lettering design. Completely invisible from the outside (as a good facing should be), I consider the facing to be a little secret that only this treasured little girl will know about. And some secrets can be very good things.

For your next child's garment, consider adding you own secret facing. Quilting cottons come in such a wide variety of prints and designs, that you are sure to find just the thing to bring a smile to your own little one.

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Happy stitching!



Assistant Editor

Stitch magazine

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6 thoughts on “Stitch a Secret into a Little Girl’s Dress

  1. This is an adorable! In case any of your readers are interested in which pattern you used, it is the Swingset top designed by Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S patterns. It is such a great pattern and fun to make. I’ve made several. It also makes a great nightgown when lengthened. Perfect for warm summer nights.

  2. This is lovely! I second SAHMColorado’s pattern i.d. (Oliver + S) and to add that nearly all of the Oliver+S patterns offer sweet opportunities for surprise bodice and hem facings. So fun!

  3. You are right about the pattern! I should have thought to note it in the original post. The idea of lengthening it for a nightgown is terrific. As someone that grew up in the Chicago area, I’m very familiar with the warm summer nights.

  4. When my sons were little ( they are now 49 and 50 ) I sewed all of their clothes. I would line their corduroy pants with flannel prints and used the scraps to make matching shirts…corduroy for the back and collar top and cuffs, and flannel for the front , inside cuff, and collar top. Saved a bundle and didn’t waste a thing…and they were cute to boot!