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« on: April 24, 2006 07:52:49 PM »

i was just surfing (ie/ procrastinating) and came across a free pattern! on the page for martha stewart's new magazine.  it looks pretty shapeless but could still be cute, and hey,  for 11 seams and 2 meters of fabric, i might just try it!  if anyone has made this or makes it, i'd love to know how it turns out.

here's the link:

http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml;jsessionid=K0GKCXOFTJV5TWCKUUWSJBWYJKSS2JO0?type=learn-cat&id=cat21548&rsc=
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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2006 05:22:21 AM »

That IS a cute dress!
But I hate to tell the fashion editor.....she did NOT design that pattern. I have instructions for that exact same dress dating back to the 1980's, from an article in a women's magazine!! In fact, I actually made one when I was in high school.
I actually posted the instructions for this in my Get Crafty blog quite a while back.

Aha!! Here it is, from April 2005...exact same dress! If you click on "my pictures" at the top of the page, it will show you a pictoral instruction sheet I made. Included in my blog are comments, of course, and my suggestions for variations.

http://www.getcrafty.com/blogs.php?user=Sewlittletime&entry=3040

Hope the link works! this is the 1st time I've ever included one here.

P.S. Actually, I should say that...... Unless she is old enough to have contributed a fashion article to a magazine in the early 80's, Katie Hatch wasn't the one to think up this pattern first.
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2006 10:48:06 AM »

actually, this "pattern" is even older than that--it goes back at least one full century (at least, that is how far back my documentation goes), it is the same design as the pillowcase dresses that so many people make for their children.  i posted my own variation on this design on my rostitchery blog in june of 2004:

http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/2004/06/done_is_better_.html
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2006 12:58:38 PM »

actually, this "pattern" is even older than that--it goes back at least one full century (at least, that is how far back my documentation goes), it is the same design as the pillowcase dresses that so many people make for their children.  i posted my own variation on this design on my rostitchery blog in june of 2004:

http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/2004/06/done_is_better_.html

Hiya Ro!
Well, how about that! I had no idea it went back that far!
I love your wee tot version!
The one I made way back when was made w/ cotton fabric...navy blue background w/ teensy flowers all over it. It was sweet! I still have the fabric, since I couldn't bring myself to give it up after I outgrew the dress.  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2006 09:02:54 PM »

wow, that is too funny.  i feel so naive!  (and also feel like running out to value village to their magazine/craft section to see what other classic patterns are out there).  Ro, your daughter is just gorgeous--and i don't say that about all babies.  it would be so fun to be able to sew mini-clothes! 

i'm disappointed in martha...
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2006 05:28:02 AM »

thanks for the nice compliment prairietransplant!  my sweet ella is not a little baby anymore, it seems that overnight she turned into a little girl.  she's only 2, but she seems so grown up when i compare to the picture in that post.

don't feel naive--i bet you're young.  i have been sewing for 40 years (ok, 39, but 40 sounds more impressive).  plus, my job requires me to do a lot of research on stuff like this, i probably devote 10 hours a week just to study and documentation.

and don't be disappointed in martha--she's just a businesswoman, doing business.

oh, about mini-clothes: ella is my 1/2 scale model.  when i make toiles of costume designs, i make them her size.  she has edwardian costumes, biblical costumes, tutus, etc, all her size. 
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2006 06:52:02 AM »

don't feel naive--i bet you're young.  i have been sewing for 40 years (ok, 39, but 40 sounds more impressive).  plus, my job requires me to do a lot of research on stuff like this, i probably devote 10 hours a week just to study and documentation.

oh, about mini-clothes: ella is my 1/2 scale model.  when i make toiles of costume designs, i make them her size.  she has edwardian costumes, biblical costumes, tutus, etc, all her size. 
Rostitchery - your site is great and you are so talented!
Your comment about sewing for 39 years made me giggle though (pictured a baby at a sewing machine because you look fab-U-lous girl!!!)
And choked on my coffee when I thought about a toddler running around in a huge wig and edwardian dress............
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2006 09:31:24 PM »

oh, about mini-clothes: ella is my 1/2 scale model.  when i make toiles of costume designs, i make them her size.  she has edwardian costumes, biblical costumes, tutus, etc, all her size. 
wow... she must be a hit during Halloween...
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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2006 03:12:53 AM »


oh, about mini-clothes: ella is my 1/2 scale model.  when i make toiles of costume designs, i make them her size.  she has edwardian costumes, biblical costumes, tutus, etc, all her size. 

That is such an awesome idea!! But somehow I don't think either of my sons would appreciate my subjecting them to dress fittings! LOL!
I was sorting thru some of my storage totes and came upon the Halloween box. It was so much fun to look back at the costumes I've made for the boys, especially the ones I custom made from various commercial patterns to get what i wanted! So much fun!
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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2006 07:45:07 AM »

unfortunately, at halloween my child is the cobbler's child--i'm usually in the midst of a mild to moderate break down at that time of year due to production schedule so ella's halloween wardrobe so far has been:

1--a onesie and halloween socks (she was only 5 weeks old, she was just lucky that this brand new mama had learned by then that she didn't need to wear 3 layers on a day when it was still in the 70's).
2--a felt a-line dress color blocked to look like a candy corn.
3--another felt a-line dress, orange with a jack-o-lantern face.

all three of these completed about 3pm on halloween.

i figure at this point, she doesn't care, so i'm not going to sweat it.

soon enough, i'm pretty sure she'll put in her order for something extravagantly tacky like a pirate cinderella.
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« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2006 09:15:31 AM »

First, just want to say--cute kid!  Thanks for sharing photos!
Second, I had a Simplicity pattern years ago that was this same dress.  I loved it and made many of them, so I'm happy to find this link.  Thanks for posting it!
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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2006 07:30:44 AM »

dude-i'm so going as a pirate cinderella this year.

also- those little dresses make me wish this next baby is a girl so i can make 100s of them.  and it inspired me to use this same idea for myself only as a maternity top-since i will be pregnant ALL summer and i can only imagine how much fun that will be .

you daughter is beatiful and she looks like she loves her dresses. i love the embroidered one. was that a pillowcase? gorgeous
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« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2006 06:03:26 AM »

Rostitchery, or anyone who might have a clue......I've been thinking about this pattern and wondering how well it would work if I were to cut the pattern into more of an a-line shape as opposed to the rectangular shape?
Because I have these oh-so-wonderful "hip shelves" nowadays, that I'm sure would only be emphasized by the original cut!! And, well....the 1st time around that I made this dress, I was a size 12, and now I'm a 20!!
Would it necessarily have to be cut on the bias that way?
My gears are working overtime on sewing ideas these days...and now that i have my digital camera software working again, I'll actually be able to provide pictures! Yay!!
Thanks for the help!!
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« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2006 08:49:30 AM »

I think that pattern would make a really comfortable summer top too - I just might have to try it.
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« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2006 01:03:39 AM »

ooo.. pirate cinderella... good idea rostitchery! Cheesy

and more on this pattern, didn't some craftster 'invent' this pattern herself and post a tute a little while ago?
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« Reply #15 on: June 07, 2006 04:31:30 AM »

soon enough, i'm pretty sure she'll put in her order for something extravagantly tacky like a pirate cinderella.

i was so a pirate cinderella when i was four! and yes, it was extravagantly tacky - the exact kind of tacky that makes it a four year old's favorite dress ever and insists on wearing it every day, every where. Wink
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« Reply #16 on: July 26, 2006 02:16:49 PM »

hey, guess what?

http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/2006/07/src_cinderella.html

not a pirate, but i think a cowboy cinderella is in the same spirit.  Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2006 05:30:15 PM »

I was just looking at the dress pattern and I understand that the cord is used for the straps but when and where do I attach them?  Dumb question I know but I thougt  I would ask.
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« Reply #18 on: July 26, 2006 05:35:23 PM »

the cord is not attached, it is run thru the casings at the top of each panel.
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« Reply #19 on: July 26, 2006 08:01:13 PM »

the cord is not attached, it is run thru the casings at the top of each panel.
Oh I get it now!  Have you ever had a "duh" moment?  Wink  Thanks Ro!
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« Reply #20 on: July 27, 2006 06:09:54 AM »

Oh I get it now!  Have you ever had a "duh" moment?  Wink 

every single day. 

i have an email template that i use to write to my colleague at fashion design online--the subject line is "well, duh".
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