A friend cleaned out their old family home and gifted me with the patterns she found. This is the oldest, note no markings on the patterns. From a day when everyone sewed and knew what to do! : )
The good stuff on the back…
I like this pattern because of the wider shorts like legs. More comfy for chubby baby thighs. The back needed elastic and the straps were long, so I made them adjustable. Here it is part way done being modeled for adjustments. I sewed up the sides for this, to make sure it was OK before adding snaps and that gave me the idea to make a second one without snaps.
And the finished sunsuit…
And the second sample…
What do you think? Snaps or no snaps?
I’m in the midst of making my Pride and Prejudice and Zombies costume, but as much as I’m enjoying it, there is a whole lot of cream going on with the dress. I decided to whip up a colourful little dress for my friend’s wee girl.
If you have read my previous posts, you’ll know that I was lucky enough to receive a box of 68 vintage patterns for my birthday from a friend’s mum. This little dress is the first pattern used from that amazing gift.
Butterick 4246 with the pink linen found in the envelope.
I used this Butterick 4246, View B – Sleeveless A-line dress with large bow detail in back. When I opened up the envelope, I found the pink linen and a pink zipper tucked inside. I was told by the gifter, that her family member remembers the pink dress!
Gum drop quilting cotton from my stash.
I found just enough of this quilting cotton to make the dress in my stash. I love how colourful and cheerful this fabric is. I like to use quilting fabrics for kids clothes. They usually hold up pretty good to wash and wear and they’re easy to work with.
I’m addicted to using Hug Snug – even in kids clothes. If I had just over-locked the seams, the dress would have been whipped up in an afternoon, BUT as I said – I’m addicted.
Here are pictures of the finished product:
Back of dress with the sublime bow.
Finished seams with Hug Snug.
Now, back to the zombie dress with me!
I had wanted to work this little Crinoline Miss embroidery from one of my 1930s needlework books & thought this pretty green linen (from a set of vintage napkins) was the perfect background.
I then decided to make a pair of 1930s style baby shoes & adapted a pattern for a pair of quilted shoes from another vintage needlework book - I embroidered little floral sprays in the same colours as the Crinoline Miss on the toes, lined the shoes in pink quilting cotton & buttonholed round the top edges.
Finally, I used the linen scraps along with some other offcuts from my fabric stash to make a new outfit for a little vintage wooden doll who was looking rather too shabby and not at all chic. I cut her clothes apart, pressed them flat & photocopied them to make patterns for her new outfit. I was particularly pleased with the jaunty little green linen jacket!