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.

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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?

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Rocket children

Rocket children

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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.

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

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

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

Winnie the Pooh T-shirt

Winnie the Pooh T-shirt

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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?

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

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Cinderella PJs

Cinderella PJs

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“I love these new pajamas my mom made me!”
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“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.