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« on: June 05, 2011 08:27:56 AM »

My niece just turned one year old, and for her birthday, I sewed her three different versions of this dress/pinafore combination from an old, vintage Butterick pattern. (When I went to Joann to pick out fabric, I just couldn't decide on one, so I decided to make three!)



She's already wearing 18-month clothes (she's a tall one), and the pattern was for size 1-1 and a half, so I sized it up twice, to give an approximate size 3. By this fall she'll be able to wear them (they'll be a little big), and then she can continue to wear them as she grows.

So here are the three dresses. Once I've got pictures of my niece in them, I'll add action shots.

Dress number one, in a khaki-material:


Close-up of the yolk and peter-pan collar:


They all close with buttons and hand-sewn button-loops (ala http://ysolda.com/support/pictorial-guides/sewn-button-loops/ )


With pinafore number one in a light broadcloth: (yay appliques!)


Close-up of the appliques:


Dress number two, in corduroy (god, I love that squirrel fabric!):


Close-up of the fabric:


With pinafore number two, in corduroy:


I learned the limits of my machine applique-ing skills, and so instead of applique-ing this little guy, I just fused him to the pocket and then tacked him down with some tiny hand stitches:



Then here is dress number three, in cotton calico (this fabric reminded me of the fabrics my mom used to use in the early 80's when she'd sew clothes for me):


And pinafore number three, in corduroy:


Baby giraffe! (giraffes are my niece's favorite animal--both her toy giraffe and the giraffes at the zoo!):



You can see how the pinafores tie in the back:




I am very happy with this pattern--it is very well constructed, with lots of good finishing details. These are sturdy clothes that are going to last her a long time!



Thanks for looking  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2011 08:30:12 AM »

if anyone's interested in how I sized up the patterns, here's the tutorial:
http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/make-a-pattern-larger-or-smaller
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2011 09:02:35 AM »

I think I have this pattern too. Good job, I love these dresses! Now I am gonna have to go dig through my stash and find it so I can try my hand at this.
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2011 09:08:02 AM »

Those are ridiculously cute!!!  Nice work!
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2011 04:05:31 PM »

Those are all so cute!
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2011 05:09:06 PM »

ADORABLE!  I love vintage patterns, they seem to fit my kiddos better.  What a fantastic birthday gift!!
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2011 06:50:07 PM »

hey thanks, guys! these were such fun to make.

i love sewing baby clothes--they go so much faster than adult clothes! (although the sleeves are putzier--smaller armholes)
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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2011 07:03:52 AM »

So, so cute! Love all the variations (and that squirrel fabric, too!)
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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2011 07:39:03 AM »

ADORABLE!  I love vintage patterns, they seem to fit my kiddos better.  What a fantastic birthday gift!!

I agree! And I've figured out that if you know where in the stores to look, you can find tons of patterns at thrift stores--and most of the time the patterns have never even been used.
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