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« on: September 29, 2010 06:13:41 AM »

I first saw this dress on the From an Igloo blog, and was thrilled to find the pattern as the blog had said it was hard to find... I was so excited that I didn't check the sizing first - it starts at age 2, and my baby isn't yet six months. No matter, I had to make it now! So this is a shortened smock version, without the gathered sleeves on the original pattern (my poor baby would have been lost in there). It's still a bit on the large size, but she can wear it through the winter with some chunky layers underneath.

It's made from a piece of Liberty print corduroy which I bought as an oddment, and the buttons were from my odd-button store - I didn't have three that matched, but now I think I prefer it this way.

Here's a link to the original inspiration... it's worth a look as it is truly gorgeous http://fromanigloo.blogspot.com/2010/08/love-in-dress.html

and, just in case anyone else develops a crush but can't find the pattern, here's a link to something very similar but much easier to find! http://simplytogether.blogspot.com/2010/08/simply-sweet-frock.html

Thanks for looking, comments always appreciated!
« Last Edit: September 29, 2010 06:28:03 AM by runciblespoon » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2010 06:17:18 AM »

Is that corduroy?  How darling!!!  I just love it - it looks really professional!

Progress not perfection.

« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2010 06:30:22 AM »

Thanks, Emilyjp - it was lovely to get a comment so quickly! Yes, it is corduroy, I've added a bit more detail to the post now to explain it.

« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2010 07:01:09 AM »

I can't begin to tell you how much I adore this.  From the fabric to the pattern itself, this is gorgeous.  And I love the three different buttons.  It ties the whole thing together beautifully! 
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2010 07:10:02 AM »

I bought this pattern about 9 months ago, but I haven't used it yet. I suppose that so many pieces and so much gathering and binding intimidates me. Anyway, your wonderful smock has made me feel like sewing a ton of these. I hope I find enough time to make one at least Wink. Which level would you rate this pattern?
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2010 01:50:57 PM »

Go for it! The binding isn't as bad as it looks, as it's mostly cut on the grain of the fabric, only a little bit on the bias for the neck placket, and even that worked beautifully with a bit of patience (I pinned it from the base of the slit and it worked fine).

I did find that there were a few things I'd do differently next time - will get back to you on those when I have a few more minutes! - but I'll definitely be making more, so I'd completely recommend the pattern. As to difficulty... I found it took a bit of time with the gathering etc, but there wasn't anything really complicated in the pattern, and the instructions are very thorough! I've just made the oliver+s balloon dress which is rated 'advanced beginner', and I'd say that the village frock is probably just a smidgen more complicated, but not in a scary way. There are lots of lovely  versions on flickr if you need more inspiration. Hope you have fun with it!

Update! - I found I had lots to say about the pattern - it's all on my micro-blog at http://runcibledays.blogspot.com/2010/10/village-frock-part-2.html please come and have a look!

« Last Edit: October 03, 2010 02:24:42 PM by runciblespoon » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2010 04:16:35 PM »

I've visited your blog and I've found your tips really useful. I thik I would have probably tried the elasticated neckline first too, so you've saved me lots of time. Thanks.
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2010 07:09:08 AM »

For what it's worth, I think yours is cuter than your inspiration. Like a lot.
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2010 04:46:38 PM »

I love love love that fabric! And the top is adorable, good job!

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