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.