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A spot of literary sewing

Hello! I just finished this dress, made from the bodice pattern of the Brown Birds dress I posted a while back (Simplicity 6194), and a basic square gathered skirt. I love this pattern so much, it is really very versatile and fits just right. The cream bib is cut from a tattered 1930’s blouse. When I put on the little straw hat with the dress, it reminded me so much of Madeline that I had to put on the white socks and black shoes as well! Do you ever let characters from books inspire you to dress up?

I learned how to make thread loops for a hook closure for this dress, and much prefer them to hook-and-eye sets made of metal. Thank you for looking, and there are a few more photos on my blog. xo

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  • Susannah January 13, 2010, 5:00 am


    As for me, I could die fulfilled if I thought I'd succeeded in emulating style icon Flora Poste from Cold Comfort Farm, who is always suitably and impeccably dressed and glides around on hot summer days in "green linen and a shady hat".

  • Rachel January 13, 2010, 5:00 am

    That is so cute! Love the heart hanging in the background too. Gorgeous!

  • Cecili January 13, 2010, 9:50 am

    You had a very good idea with this dress, the result is stunning, bravo! And if I coud dress as a book character that would be Caroline and her cute red overalls^^

  • LBP January 13, 2010, 10:25 am

    Beautiful dress! My neice would love to have this. Alas, I'm too old to pull it off.



  • golden star January 13, 2010, 11:05 am

    Your dress is tremendous!

    The link to your blog is incorrect. If you could correct it, we could admire more of your work.

  • Nadia January 13, 2010, 12:28 pm

    So adorable! I love that you have made a story to go with the dress. 🙂

  • Ms. B January 13, 2010, 12:34 pm

    That's so precious!! Lovely photo as well!

  • Susan January 13, 2010, 12:45 pm

    Great dress and photo! Fabulous.

  • Leizel January 13, 2010, 1:26 pm

    Very sweet dress! I love the bib idea.

  • Twill Jill January 13, 2010, 2:53 pm

    Great idea and a cute dress to go with it! I was struck by a girl in the book Ramona Quimby Age 8 (I think) who always had to have a dress that matched her shoes. That's why I'm now the Imelda Marcos of Milwaukee.

  • Enken January 14, 2010, 1:13 am

    Thank you for the lovely comments! I figure that even though I am not a little girl anymore, it's ok to let a few influences of my favourite characters creep in…

    Sorry about the busted link – try
    Whipstitch Sewing

  • Genevieve January 14, 2010, 1:42 am


  • tammyo January 14, 2010, 2:39 pm

    oh my word, this is sooo cute! great idea re-using the blouse.

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