Children

Okay, okay, before I say exactly why I’m over the moon, I ought to give background information.  When my oldest niece, Bit, was approaching her second Halloween, my SIL asked me to make her a Foofa costume.  I did it, using a vintage 70s pattern as the base, because it was an A-line dress with [...]

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I still can’t quite believe that the movie, The Wizard of Oz was made in 1939! I made this Dorothy dress for my daughter for World Book Day, which is being celebrated at her school this coming Friday. A week later than the official date but that suited me just fine and gave me time [...]

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I just finished up this dress for the little one, from Butterick 7410 (1950s- shown right below). It’s effectively a mini version of a suspender skirt I made for myself last year: what I had left from that was only really big enough pieces for something like this, and I used the same lining, buttons [...]

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Above: A lovely doll my mother made when she was learning to sew in the early 1960s. “She’s lost her face and is a little sad-looking but notice the fancy hairstyle and the gathers on the sleeves and bodice. She used to have a petticoat and pantaloons but they are gone now.” How much did [...]

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I’m making matching heirloom dresses for my nieces–one is eight months and the other is three years old.  When those are done, I’ll probably post about them here, because that particular pattern has been in print for about 30 years!  Anyway, the volume of the skirt really needed some poof under it, and a full [...]

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I saw this pinafore over a brown dress in the Betsy McCall paper doll archives, January 1960.  I really wanted to make something ‘in that flavor’ for my daughter.  I’ve been in a sewing lull lately… she hasn’t needed new clothes at the rate she did earlier this year. The pattern the paper doll page [...]

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My 9 year old daughter has a 1960s day coming up at primary school next week and she wanted something special to wear. We had great fun designing and making a mondrian dress. I had to use a bit of artistic license adapting her design but we had loads of fun and made loads of [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Bit asked for a “pumpkin dress” followed by an “Aunt Laura will you make it for me?”  so I cast around and found a pumpkin print that wasn’t Halloween, and a pattern that I’d bought with the intention of using it to sew a petticoat to go under her Christmas dress.  It’s Simplicity 8429, from [...]

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