1950s | 1960s | Children | Dresses | Kids | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

Butterick 2553 – Robot Dress!

By on November 20, 2011

Long story short, besides Fraggle Rock, my daughter’s other favourite show is Yo Gabba Gabba! and last night was the Yo Gabba Gabba! concert. I really wanted to make my daughter something theme-ish to wear and originally thought to make one of the dresses like the girls wear in the show for the “My name is ____! I like to dance!” segments, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Then thankfully, I remembered some awesome robot fabric I had my in stash and decided to celebrate Plex by making a 1950’s dress using robot fabric!

I used Butterick 2553 as the base pattern. The pattern is undated – but I’m guessing it’s either very late 1950’s or early 1960’s.

I then I drafted a Peter Pan collar, bodice inset, sleeve cuffs and a belt. To embellish, I discovered I had the most perfect vintage red buttons – 2 that looked like cogs, and 5 that looked like the little red lights on the robots on the fabric. I then machine sewed with red thread shell tucks onto white bias binding, and used it for all the trimming.

While the dress isn’t perfect, I’m very proud with how it turned out – it was exactly as I envisioned.

If you’d like to read more about the dress and to see more photos, please feel free to visit my blog!

And now, without further ado, photos!

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1950s | Children | Dresses | Introduction | Kids | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 3213

By on November 8, 2011

Hi everyone!

I’m very glad to find a community of like-minded sewists! I’m no stranger to sewing, having been taught as a child from my mother who used to make all our clothing. However I’ve been on a 12 or so year hiatus from garment creation, so I’m trying to wade back in and brush up my rusty sewing skills.

I decided to kick-start some serious garment construction by sewing for my daughter first (obviously I’m putting off having to address fit issues when sewing for myself!) I figured the instant gratification would make me inspired to do more. Of course it turned out not to be instant gratification (it’s very difficult to sew with a 21 month old demanding all your attention) but I took my time and I feel moderately happy with the result and I would love to share it with you all.

I used Simplicity 3213, which is a super adorable scalloped sun dress with a matching bolero, bonnet and bloomers:

I know we’re in Autumn, and it’s a 3T while my daughter is only 21 months old – but I couldn’t stop thinking about it once the pattern was in my hands.

I used vintage cottons from 1950 that I felt complimented each other perfectly.

My daughter’s idea of modelling is to run around and jump – so here is an action shot!

Both the dress and bolero are too big for her (the dress is tied tight to fit the front), but hopefully by the time Summer rolls around, it will fit better!

Rather than posting too many photos, please feel free to see more photos on my blog.
Thank you for looking!

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