Wonder woman dress!

Wonder woman play dress

I can’t believe another year flown by and it is time to sew another birthday dress. This year the little one requested a Wonder Woman party, to the surprise of no one who knows her. Every other day she wants to dress up as “Woman Woman“.

Cape and headband

Since Wonder Woman is not the easiest princess to find in store in party paraphernalia, dolls or even clothes (shout out to Cotton On Kids for their awesome little girl Wonder Woman tee), we usually go for a homemade blue tutu, red tee and crown. She even has a cape. But for her party I made her an simple A-line dress that will be perfect for every day dress up. I’m a bit of a sucker for a kid in costume.

wonder woman dressOriginally I cut out a colour-blocked version A of McCalls 4006, but it was a total potato sack on my tall, thin almost-3-year-old and not at all what I imagined. At the last minute I found a free pattern here by Climbing the Willow (thank you for the facings) in a similar style, but better cut. I cut it out of the existing dress without compromising the placement of the already finished felt applique. Phew. Much, much better.

Since I finished it she has worn it jumping on a trampoline, scootering, playing soccer, climbing, sliding, shooting water pistols and it has been comfortable the whole time. Win win.

Fabrics from Spotlight.


Flashback skinny tee Elsa dress

elsa flashback dressReopening my blog (has it been that long? eek!) with a very quick sewn project, aka what to make with two extra large tops from the Kmart clearance section: an Elsa inspired dress up for my little one. I guess we are late to jump on this bandwagon, but we have made up for that with enthusiasm!

Inspired by You and Mie’s simple elegant dress, I took Rae’s Flashback pattern, added a sweetheart bodice, gathered the sequined front of the white top as the cape and sewed it in when I joined up the back. I added a gathered skirt using the rest of the blue top and done! Simple and so fast thanks to the wonderful pattern. Also, immediately difficult to photograph, as she ran off down the (badly lit) hall signing “Let it goooooooooooooo!”. Perhaps not the most authentic looking dress, but it’s comfortably wearable and I reckon even the $80+ dresses out there can’t beat that.

Busy season

alexia dress It’s been pretty busy here since last post, what with summer, Christmas and a second birthday! So I thought I would do a quick recap of some of my silly season projects.

Up top is the Alexia dress by FooFooThreads etsy shop, which I made for the little one’s birthday dress (first birthday dress is here). I just loved the yellow dress in the inspiration photo so much I had to recreate it. (Order it here if you can’t make it yourself!). Happy birthday princess!

Baby slip dressI also made her a baby slip dress from the free pattern by Suburbia Soup using Koi It’s a plus fabric by Rashida Coleman-Hale. Just love the colours in this.

super raccoonI made a few other Christmas gifts, none of which were photographed of course. And I have nearly finished the knitted Christmas stockings. Maybe I’ll have them done for Christmas in July?? Here’s one present that I did manage to photograph, made with love for a special birthday boy. It’s Randolph the Super Raccoon (from the pattern by Rebecca Danger), gifted with My Super Hero by Chris Owen and Moira Court. Note to self: If you forget to knit jogless stripes, position it better in photos!

And now it’s time to tidy up the fabric stash so I can see what I’ve got and start planning for the next kids clothes week.

Upcycled princess dress

reading princessI’m pretty excited that my little one has entered dressing up phase! It’s all tutus, tutus, tutus around here, so it was time to make her a princess dress.

princess dress upcycleThe little white baby dress was outgrown a while back but it was made of a pretty white and silver shot cotton fabric that I thought I could reuse. I had bookmarked this free tutorial before I even had a little girl to sew for and I used it as a guide, although I did do a couple of things a little differently.

I bought $5 worth of blue fabric and traced a bodice pattern that I already had (size 3 so there’s room for my 20 month old to grow). I sewed a ribbon down the front of the bodice to match the dress Cinderella is wearing in our princess book. I unpicked the existing sleeves from the baby dress and sewed them to my new bodice. The rest of the white dress was sewn to the lining along the hem and used for the extra puffy hip pieces.

princess dressThe proportions are a little crazy because she’s a toddler and I want the dress to grow with her, but it is still so cute!

Fabric: Party satin from Lincraft.

Nostalgia and a retro girls apron

susies new stove coverOne of the many things I love about having children is the chance to revisit favourite things from my own childhood. This little golden book, Susie’s New Stove, was one of my favourites (although surely already vintage when I owned it!) and I remember wishing I had a little ruffle apron just like hers. I’m glad I didn’t know that her oven was an actual working toy you could buy!
susies new stove apronAnyway, back to the apron. Here’s another one with rick-rack that Susie lends to her friend Carol. Gorgeous!Vintage Simplicity 5333I was thrilled to find this vintage Simplicity pattern at the thrift shop (uncut!) and decided an apron would be a perfect gift for my niece’s third birthday.

retro apron collageWhite is not a great colour for an apron, especially when it is for a little one, so I found a bright lemon print (much more electric blue than the photos show), which one of my vintage cotton spools matched perfectly.

retro apron insideThe inside seams are bound with bias tape.

retro apron back collageThe back is done up with a button as well as a beautiful, big bow. It was all tied up in yellow and blue wrapping with Annabel Karmel’s Mummy and Me Cookbook. I have several of Annabel’s books and we use them all the time. Hopefully these recipes are more inspiring than those in Susie’s New Stove! Is it any wonder that cooking isn’t my thing?canned soup recipeFabric: Lemon print is called ‘Montreaux drill grocer #6’ and eyelet trim both from Spotlight.

First birthday dress and crown

red brooke dress with tulle overlayThis is the outfit I made for my daughter’s first birthday.  It’s special enough for her big day, but not precious enough to only wear once.  I used the bodice with ruffled sleeves from the brynnberlee Brooke dress pattern, which I have made before and which is very cute, if vintage-ly short (ie perfect length for an almost-walker, but matching nappy cover is in order). Instead of adding the pleats, I cut a simple a-line skirt and added an overlay using a stretch tulle that I found in a matching colour. It’s pretty hard to see (and photograph)!

red dress with tulle overlayTo add the overlay, I cut the tulle 1/2 inch wider than the skirt. I don’t have any fancy feet or indeed a fancy sewing machine, so I sewed the sides of the tulle using a narrow stitch  with a piece of tissue paper underneath which could be torn away afterwards. The tissue paper stopped it from gathering and trimmed the seams, which do not need to be finished as the tulle doesn’t fray. Then I put the tulle over the skirt and sewed it to the bodice as one piece.

brooke dress buttonholeI only added one buttonhole as I found a big button in a matching colour in my vintage button box. Perfect!

felt floral crownAnd then on the morning of her birthday I finished off this floral felt crown while we waited for our guests to arrive. Inspired by a gorgeous one I saw in an etsy store that appears to have closed, it’s a simple crown shape made of two layers of felt with interfacing between joined with covered elastic band at the back. Happy birthday little one!

Fabric: Broadcloth and stretch tulle from Spotlight.

Lazy days skirt

lazy days skirtThis Oliver+S lazy days skirt was wrapped up for my ballet-loving niece on Christmas day. This is the very best kind of pattern – free and fast – so perfect for last-minute, time-poor crafters like me!

lazy days close up I hope she loves those little redhead and brunette dancers as much as I do and will get lots of wear out of it!

Fabric: Cotton linen blend from etsy.