Monday, July 26, 2010

After a few drinks...


A friend of mine and I were having a little chat a few weeks ago, in a bar, after hours, when our kids were in bed (obviously with husbands home to keep things responsible). 
We were discussing her recent purchase of a handmade little girls A-line dress.
We were discussing my sewing addiction.
She gave me the "oh come on, you could so make one of those" statement.  

I knew I could, but you know, there's so much sewing going on out there for girls. I usually steer fairly clear of girly sewing as first I am not a real "girly" girl (I grew up with two brothers, need I say more?) and second, my own child is a boy.  Yeah, yeah, yeah...I so knew I was going to do it.  And a kids size 2 - talk about instant gratification sewing, its small, and its cute.

I trawled the internet for a pattern and eventually purchased an e-pattern from Etsy, but I have to say I didn't really trust it because it was just poorly drawn and presented, the printout didn't go together very smoothly either (although the instructions were very comprehensive).  It was also those USA "T" sizes and I am not sure how they translate to Australian kids' sizing.  So I checked my local Spotlight for a pattern and I couldn't say they had anything comparable and their pattern drawers were largely empty anyway.  Then, as if on cue I noticed over on the Curlypops blog that Cam had just made an A-line pinafore dress*.  I asked: "Which pattern?". She replied: "One from the mid-1990s, it seems to be out of print, I'll send you the bits you need in the post."  I was completely blown over by the generosity of Curlypops.  The pattern was exactly what I wanted.

So I morphed the two patterns together, confirmed the sizing, made it reversible, put shiney purple buttons at the shoulders...



...oh yeah, small and cute.

*To see Curlypops's retrolicious pinafore click over to here.

8 comments:

Megan said...

very cute- well done! i put a link to your blog today - i found this awesome miffy bag and had to show it off!

Little Ted Canvas said...

That's gorgeous & I love that it's reversible! Nice work...

Yana said...

the dress is gorgeous and i like the fact that its reversible! :) i'm sure your friend and her little one will love it!

beck said...

Great dress! Well done for braving a girlie type project, maybe now you've started you won't stop! Even though there are alot of girlie things out there, when you make it yourself it is always original xo

Cotton Kiwi said...

Ah, bars and friends. Very dangerous. Loving the dress though and love that Curly Pops sent you her pattern pieces in the post.

Adriana said...

Lovely. Small and Cute!

I understand what you mean about not sewing 'girlie' clothes.
I have a boy too - so it's funky little pants instead.

CurlyPops said...

Oh it's supercute! You can never use that 'I don't sew for girls' excuse ever again!

Catherine said...

Very sweet little dress and super sweet of Curly Pops to help out too. Love the colour choices.

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