Sweet dress for a first birthday

by Debbie on September 11, 2012 · 7 comments

in 1950s,Children,Dresses,Kids,Rompers / Playsuits

I used this pattern to make a party dress for a one year old.

The older patterns certainly used more fabric.  Look at this layout.

Detailed finishing inside.  Nice!

And the finished dress

And two sunsuits from the same pattern

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I am a 50s baby and my early memories include ironing day. I love the smell of hot cotton and linen! Mamma and Grandma always sewed and ironed together, and I learned to do both while I was young. I recently started sewing baby clothes and many people commented how 'old fashioned" or vintage or retro they looked. I did not see it, but I was using patterns from the 70s as well as re-issued 50s looks. Then I started collecting vintage patterns and making the look more deliberate. I am still experimenting and trying options. The most important is that the clothes be comfy and easy to use.

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Coco September 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

You did an awesome job!my 3 yrs old daughter would love your creations.Too bad nobody around here has your creativity and skills!I’m following you,hope you’ll visit my blog if you like.Can’t wait to see what you’ll do next!xxx


Debbie September 12, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Coco, I can’t figure out how to find your blog. Your name does not highlight for me.


Laura D September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I made two outfits this summer using this pattern–one for my baby, and the other for my four-year-old! I changed out the romper, though. Grace, my four-year-old, deemed it “babyish” so I switched it for overall shorts, and pretty much the same for her sister, only with a bloomer bottom. Never got around to posting about it, though! It was the middle of my summer sewing marathon.


Evie September 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm

All of these are precious! Nice work!


Debbie September 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Wow, Laura, lots of work in those outfits. Really cute! I understand your four year old. I think I like this style of sunsuit much better in the 3 month size than the 12-18 months size.


WendyBee September 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm

So sweet! I love the simple, classic looks. In some ways, they are like a canvas which you can express your own creativity on. You have a real flair!


Debbie September 12, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Thanks for the kind encouraging comments. : )


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