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« on: July 30, 2008 03:06:08 AM »

I found this pattern in a boot fair and thought it was lovely.  Having DS I didn't know when I was going to use it, but my nephew, 20, has been told me I am going to be a Great Aunt, 34, to a little girl on 6th October.  I'm nearly 34 and I'm going to be a great aunt - scary!  OK OK the scan might be wrong etc, but I thought what the hell I'll make it anyway as I've been dying to try this pattern as it is sooo cute.


I'm not sure how old it is, but I love it.

I had 3 metres of pink in my stash which I thought would go well with something else, but they didn't quite colour match - so I decided to make option 2.

The pattern required a lined bodice, but I decided to line the whole lot and make 3-6 months because the little girl will be needing warm winter dress.  Also the pattern left some edges just sewn up and since I don't have a serger I decided that french seaming and biase tape arm holes will make any fraying a non issue.  I added lace in order to be able to sew the bodic and skirt together using my machine instead of hand sewing because I wanted the dress to be secure and not come and undone as my hand sewing might not be as secure.  Further more the dress was supposed to have button holes on the back which I thought no no no with a baby buttons are hard work, so poppers.  Though I think I may change those to smaller ones as they seem a bit bulky for a baby to lie on.  Also looking at the size it seems a bit big.  I held it up to DS old 3-6 months and the dress looks more 6-12 month even though I followed the pattern and seam allowances as suggested.  I also changed the arms - instead of gathers all round the pit sleeve and the wrist I put little pleats in.
I won't have action shot for quite a while, so hanger and laid flat will have to do.  also I haven't pressed the dress yet, so the collar doesn't lay as flat as it should.
I am please with it as it is the first childs outfit I've ever done and it's even better than the stuff I do for myself.  This maybe because it is for my nephew who I love dearly and wanted it to be perfect. 
It was also quite difficult because of all the pattern pieces and alterations I made above.  The gathered skirt was hardest part which I ended up gathering by hand as there was ao much fabric when trying to use the machine that it wouldn't gather properly and evenly.  I did it in the evenings as I work and have a 2 year old.  It took me about 16 hours over 2 weeks to do.  I took my time and did a section at a time.  for once I didn't rush it.  I've got to do some house work now!
Anyhow here's the dress and other pics of workings, I hope you like











The camera dates are wrong as the date on my digital camera has stuck.  It is old and I must buy a new one.
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2008 05:09:06 AM »

I love vintage patterns and this one is adorable!  I love the little pleats you added to the sleeve. 

What a wonderful gift to welcome your new great-niece into the world. 

Don't worry about it seeming large - babies are born bigger these days due to better nutrition on the Mom's part and aren't in 3-6 mos. clothes for very long - my son was born 8lbs 8oz and was out of his 3-6 mo clothes when he was less than 1 mo. old, but the 6-12 mo. clothes he was able to fit into until he was about 11 mos.
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2008 05:28:05 AM »

Thank you - that's what I thought.  she'll grow into it.  I do love vintage patterns.  I also like girls to be girls whilst they are little. So much masproduced stuff isn't girly enough.

I just hope the scan was right and it is a girl.  If it isn't ebay/etsy it will go and I'll sell it.  I don't think DH will let DS have a dolly!  Wink Cheesy Grin Grin  If it is a girl and my Nephew likes it I think I'll be making more.  I'm a little worried he'll think it is too old fashioned.  Oh well we'll see.

also have you seen those hands - eek I think I need to sort them out before they look too old! I'm only 34 and they looked about 50! Too much dishwashing and gardening me thinks! Can I get out of the prior as a reason to keep my hands nice! Don't think DH will fall for it. Sad
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2008 06:33:06 AM »

That is adorable! I love vintage baby clothes! I hope you post pics of baby modeling it when she grows into it! You did a fabulous job...it looks professional! Wink
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2008 06:57:49 AM »

If it is a girl and my Nephew likes it I think I'll be making more.  I'm a little worried he'll think it is too old fashioned.

First, your dress is just darling. I absolutely love it. It also reminds me of a whole stack of dresses I got from my grandma that were my mom's when she was a baby. I dress my kids very... interestingly, and certainly not in an old fashioned way, but I just adored the vintage stuff, so my vote goes that your nephew will. I couldn't see anyone not liking that dress. Also, about size, my son came home from the hospital, 5 days old, wearing 6-12 months clothes. And I'm little. And even the sizes seem off from the old stuff, because my daughter was wearing her 0-3 months outfits from my grandma when she was baptized at 7 months.
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2008 03:24:36 AM »

the dress was a hit.  I gave it to my cousin in the end as he had a baby girl on 6th August.  I changed the prim poppers though as they were too think and would have stuck in baby's back.  I removed them and replaced with small and less bulky snap poppers.  this left me with a bit of dilema as where the prim poppers were had left tiny holes, so I embroidered in white some little flowers.  My cousin and his wife love it.  It'll fit her at Christmas.
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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2008 10:41:53 AM »

Please update with photos when she wears it!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2008 12:24:06 PM »

Love vintage stuff, you did a great job on it. I hope you update with pictures of her in the dress.
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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2008 05:21:54 PM »

Precious, just precious!
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