One for you and one for me!

Hello all! I’ve got two projects to share with you. One was a last minute Christmas gift for my 4 year old cutie. I made both dresses – girl and doll – in a single day, it was right before the kids got out for Christmas break so I had to hustle! The girl dress is a vintage Simplicity, probably from the early 1960s, and I used a modern reprint for Bitty Baby’s matching frock. Fabric is Lecien ‘Flower Sugar,’ one of my all time favorites.

Both dresses came together really fast, and for once, my evil buttonholer made 4 good buttonholes in a row without skipping or jamming! It’s a Christmas miracle!

It’s hard to get a 4-year-old to hold still to get a decent picture, but here she is on Christmas morning!

Once I was done with all my Sewing For Others, I decided to make something for myself. (Gasp!) One of the best ways to ease the post-Christmas letdown is with a novelty print shirtwaist.

I was trying out a new pattern – Simplicity 5745 from 1964 – and while it came together nicely, it was huge in the bodice. Maybe I really am a B36 and not a B38… that would be nice. Still, it’s a fun dress and pairs nicely with a crinoline and pearls.

• Meet the Author • Joni

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10 comments… add one

  • all of them are very cute,I have that shirtwaist dress pattern, must make.and I love novety prints,

  • Oh! I love your dress!! and the dresses of your daughter and her doll are very cute!

  • Love them all. Good work and wonderful fabrics!

  • Cute! I adore novelty prints! :)

  • Your daughter’s dress is beautiful!
    Your dress is super cute too! Love the novelty print!

  • Absolutely fabulous! Both of them :)

  • MARVELOUS!!! I adore the prints you chose, and all of your dresses were so sweet and feminine.

    Thank you for sharing these dainty creations with us!

    Happy sewing!


  • That looks lovely on you – love the colour and the print! I have a few novelty print cottons too – quilt fabrics are a great source of retro prints.

  • Just adorable – all of them!

  • Your shirtwaist dress is a modern classic–beautifully sewn, and the colors flatter you hair and skin tones. Congratulations!


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