A dress 5 years in the making.

A dress 5 years in the making.

I bought this fabric 5 years ago, made the dress around 4 years ago, planned to remake the dress 3 years ago, pledged to remake the dress on the blog 1.5 years ago, and finally remade the dress. Hurray!

P450-IMG_9071I’ve been plowing through a bunch of nearly done projects lately; perhaps it’s due to the Magic of all the Tidying I’ve done. Or perhaps, because I am slated to start Fashion Design at VCC in the fall, starting new projects doesn’t make sense.

P450-IMG_9075I used the skirt from the original dress, and the bodice is the T-shirt pattern that came with the Sewing with Knits Craftsy course. I made a size medium.

P450-IMG_9078The dress isn’t perfect, one of the pockets is a bit wonky, but I’ve already worn it twice, which is a lot for a dress. If I get sick of it, I’ll make it into a dress for Adeline.


My mom hated the original dress, and I defended it adamantly, until I saw it in pictures. I’ll see what she thinks of the new version. Do you have any projects waiting to be remade?

Rocket children

Rocket children


Many moons ago, Casper rocked a cute pair of rocket PJs, often (although I could not find photographic evidence) on a matching rocket baby blanket. But something was wrong with the blanket, something on the inside had disintegrated making the blanket lumpy.


The blanket sat lonely in the sewing room for many years, until one day it was freed of its lumpy interior.


It was freed from the copious amounts of thread binding it together. P450-IMG_2141

The blanket was surprised at its transformation, and even more surprised to find Casper had been transformed too. No longer was he a tiny baby obsessed with the washing machine, but instead a handsome, loving brother.


And this happy reunion was all due to Kids Clothes Week.

Winnie the Pooh T-shirt

Winnie the Pooh T-shirt


So this is definitely my favorite pattern (Ottobre 6/2010). I cut the front of this as a size 104 and put it on a pile. Then a year later Casper had outgrown size 104, so I cut the rest as a size 110. Somehow it all still fit together (knits are awesome). It’s a little long on him, but he’ll grow into it. Kids usually just grow taller, right?


And I even have a picture of the original shirt; I was cool, right?


Cinderella PJs

Cinderella PJs

“I love these new pajamas my mom made me!”
“Shush, Cinderella! Don’t you say one bad word about your new pajamas.”

I really love Disneyland, and have a lot of old Disney shirts that are just waiting to made into cute clothes for my babes. I wish I had taken a picture of the original tank top/shorts sleep set. The pattern is from Ottobre 6/2010 issue (see these pjs for another version). I had to modify the front a bit because the tank top wasn’t large enough to cut the entire front bodice. Cinderella got her own matching set from an American Girl pattern. I had to make some adjustments to account for Cinderella’s tiny waist; she is a Disney princess after all.

On second thought, I'm still considering my feelings about these pjs.
“Mom, how much longer will this take?”
Cinderella may be a princess, but she still needs her nose picked once in a while.
Cinderella’s a princess; she can’t pick her own nose.