dresses aplenty

While I knit away on My Sweater…

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(yoke colorwork began last night – woot)
…and begin a surprise Surprise Jacket…

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(colors inspired by Sandy)

…I thought I might distract you with some sewing projects.

I’m going to make Maggie wear dresses for as long as I can. If one day she tells me she would prefer to wear some stretchy pants, fine, but for now dresses it is.

I found the perfect pattern at a local sewing store, Sew Heavenly, from Karen’s Stitchery (scroll down to “Kendall”). It wouldn’t seem that it’s the perfect pattern from the rendering on the front of the pattern, but indeed it is.

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This is the first one I made, following the pattern very closely to get an idea of how it all worked. I knew the collar would be too fancy, but I left it on to familiarize myself with the dress construction. The minty fabric is one of those feedsack reproductions that I bought at a wonderful quilting store in town, Randy’s Quilt Shop. I used stash for the lace and the collar. Since I washed this dress she hasn’t worn it again because it needs a rigorous pressing and I’m not now (nor ever) in the mood for that.

Next we have the Shamrock.

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The fabric is very thin and wispy cotton and came from the $2/yard shelf at Walmart. I like it because it doesn’t need to be pressed after it comes out the wash. Also, it will be a nice lightweight layer for the Mag once the heat and humidity crank up here.

Finally, the brown.

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I had this dress mostly finished for a couple of weeks (no buttons, no hem) when I saw this post over at Angry Chicken using the same circle-y print in a different color. I decided to get on with finishing it so Mag could start wearing it. The fabric is Moda, also from Randy’s Quilt Shop. I haven’t washed it yet so I’m not sure if it will need pressing…I hope not.

In the quest to never have to iron, I bought some used vintage sheets at the Goodwill that are a poly-cotton blend, very lightweight, soft, and beautiful. I think that fabric will become the next dress.

It’s weird that I keep making the same pattern over and over again. The sewing goes so fast and the whole look of the dress changes with the fabric choice that it seems reasonable.

Have you forgotten about Jerry? Here he is, just in case you thought I only take pictures of the Mag.

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And in totally unrelated news: Veronica Mars, The Complete Second Season is $22.99 at Target. I bought it. And I’m getting impatient for May 1st and the conclusion of this season.

11 thoughts on “dresses aplenty

  1. I love those dresses on Maggie, especially the “circle-y” one, because it looks very much like kitenge print from E. Africa. I should send you some of the HUNDREDS of yards I have left over from my wedding. I love the clovers too though. Good pattern, and I don’t think it’s over done. When you find something good… you stick with it.

    Looking forward to see what emerges from the colors you took off the painting. I feel special to have been an inspiration, even in a small way….

  2. Wow, those dresses are so cute! So that’s all the same pattern? (Just omitting the collar on the last two?) You have me seriously thinking about sewing a few for my Ms. M because I haven’t found anything lately in the stores that i like and ebay is getting so ridiculously expensive. I think dresses will be much more convenient this summer for our hopeful potty-training gal, too. Hmmmmmmmm. Would you just hate me or be flattered if I got the same pattern? Be honest. (how easy is it, by the way? I haven’t sewed a lot in years, but I have done some things…)

  3. nice job on the dresses. don’t you just love sewing little girl dresses? it’s my all-time favorite. sometimes i like to take time and do nice details and line them; sometimes it’s fun just to whip something up. your maggie is so sweet. her cheeks look absolutely delicious!

    it’s nice to see someone who both knits and sews. myself, i don’t know which i like more, but they both have advantages, the major knitting one being how portable it is.

    anyway, i’m sure that’s more than you wanted to know. i enjoy your blog. :-)

  4. OMG – I need a baby girl! The cuteness!! – ah, it’s almost too much. Too precious. Great dresses, and I can totally see why you’re going to try to keep her in them as long as possible!

  5. The dresses I wore as a kid must have been from that same pattern. I still have them all in a box but my little boys just aren’t interested in wearing them. Hmph.

    Your Maggie is quite the little doll. Such cheeks and teeth and smiles. The dresses are great. Such a lifesaver for diapering and potty too! Beautiful work!

  6. Moda fabrics are always so nice. I love the brown dress on Maggie, it looks so cute, and she looks adorable in it. At least she will wear what you dress her in for now. My daughter is 6 and has already informed me that she likes to pick out her own clothes to wear for the day.

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