Kids

Here is my little one’s outfit for Easter (if he doesn’t outgrow it before then)! He had a store-bought sailor suit just like this one last year, and I loved it so much that I decided to make another one just like it for this year, using the old one as a pattern. It’s made [...]

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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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This deceptively easy child’s pinafore still required some swear words and a go with the quick unpick to finish. I let my little girl (aged nearly 4) pick out the fabric from my stash, some sort of cotton, only 1 yard needed. Of course, she wouldn’t model the finished dress, so here is a photo [...]

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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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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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My younger sister was married at the end of September, and she asked me to be her Matron of Honor. Instead of choosing dresses for her attendants to wear, she sent us a swatch and told us to get as close to that color as we could. Can you imagine how excited I was? I [...]

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Why did Blogger decide that picture needed to be sideways? This pattern is from 1978 and it’s a British Simplicity pattern. Strangely although I live in England most of my vintage patterns are American… Anyway, I think this shows that vintage sewing doesn’t always have to be complicated.  These were made using 1 pattern piece [...]

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