Next weekend Miss J's bestie is having a garden themed birthday party. I've already made the birthday girl a peony print tea dress for the big day and of course, Miss J must have something equally pretty to wear too. There has to be some advantage to having a mother who is constantly hunched over a sewing machine hasn't there?
This morning I gathered together some of the vintage pieces of linen that I've been collecting over the last few weeks with this dress in mind.
The pattern I used was based roughly off a dress in Juno Okawa's beautiful book Carefree Clothes for Girls.
I've made a few things from this book for Miss J. I love the simple no fuss designs made for active little girls.
The main fabric of the dress is made from a 1960s blue print tablecloth that I picked up for $3.00. The sleeves are made from an oval shaped piece of applique' linen cut into halves, and there is a small piece of embroidery used on the front of the dress.
|Blue tablecloth approx 1.2m square|
|Pieces of linen bought for 50c a piece (oval has been cut in half)|
|I added three pleats to the front|
|Before sewing the seam I added a pleat on each side of the|
centre seam. I also used a zipper up the top.
|Piece of embroidery that was stitched to the front|
All up it was an hour from start to finish. It's sweet and pretty, and a little bit different. Just like my girl.
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