Friday, April 10, 2015

VSFLO • Little Red Baby Dress

I am enjoying sewing these little garments so much, I have to admit! This little dress was no exception. It's always hard to decide which baby project to make next, but I finally decided on making this baby dress from the scraps of my christmas gown.

I did not have very much fabric left, so it was quite the squeeze to fit it all in. And by squeeze I mean piecing. Piecing the skirt, and even the ties! You can barely see the seams in the picture above, but there are quite a few;

All I had left was about a 12" strip of fabric maybe a yard long, plus what I had cut off from hemming, and a few other odds and ends. It was such fun to "make do" with what I had and get the little dress made in spite of it!

The design of this dress is just adorable; the little puffed sleeves, the teeny little collar. Such cuteness!!
(I know....that selvedge is awfully distracting. It won't be visible once the dress is hemmed, but until I am ready to use the dress, I'm just leaving the bottom edge serged and unhemmed.)

I am so happy with how easy the dress came together!
These adorable little heart buttons were in the stash, and they seemed to be the perfect accent.

The front bodice has little decorative points that overlay the skirt pleats.
As with many vintage patterns, the bodice edge is turned under and topstitched onto the skirt.
The sleeves have bands which are turned up to form an adorable little cuff.
(Maybe I overuse that word. But really, it is adorable.)

As you may have guessed, I'm rather pleased with this little frock, and can't wait to make some more renditions of it! :)
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  1. This is so beautiful. I have a large stash of vintage baby and toddler patterns, but I think they are more 1970's vintage. This is such a nice way to use up yardage. Are you making these to store for a future date?

    1. Thank you, Kaitlyn!! I am indeed making these for a future date - I put each one away in my "hope chest" for my (Lord willing) future children!! :)

  2. Yes, it IS adorable! How very make do & mend of you to piece together the skirt!

    I just love this sweet little frock - great job Esther! :D

    Michelle ^_^
    Delightful Handwork

  3. That is so splendidly sweet! I swear, I was thinking about you last night. I went on a buying meet-up (aka, call) to a very dear person that I often aquire vintage items for my Etsy shop for and amongst the items I brought home from her is a vintage child's red wool winter coat in very good shape. It's likely 70s (I need to inspect it better to confidently date it), but could easily be worn with looks from the 20s right on up today. It's the first piece of children's clothing (aside from a tiny pair of pale blue gloves) that I've had for the shop yet and I'm really looking forward to listing in later this year (unless I sell it in person before that can happen - time will tell). Anyhoo, again, all that to say that it made me think of you and the beautiful vintage children's clothing that you create.

    Big hugs & many heartfelt thanks for your wonderful recent blog comments (I always truly love hearing from you),
    ♥ Jessica

    1. Thank you, Jessica!!
      Ooh, that sounds so absolutely darling! I can't wait to see it in your shop (unless you sell it sooner). It sounds perfectly adorable!
      Hmm. Now I'm inspired to make a little red coat. :)
      Thank you for your comments as well, Jessica! You make my day with every single one! :)

  4. Esther,

    This is adorable!!! I love the design and fabric. You are so resourceful to piece together the fabric left over from your dress. I do love the sweet details of vintage patterns. And, the heart buttons are perfect! : )

    Have a great weekend!!


    1. Thank you, Sarah!! I think I have a streak of frugality in me that makes it hard to throw anything away. :)
      Have a great rest of the week, dear Sarah!

  5. What a sweet dress! Amazing...I cannot see the pieced seams in the front at all!!

  6. What a beautiful little dress - very good use of scraps!

  7. An ADORABLE little dress, Esther!!! You've done a fabulous job piecing the fabric to make the skirt. Love the Peter Pan collar and the cuffs on the sleeves, and those heart buttons are just perfect.

    1. Thank you so much, Pam!! That's what I love about the vintage children's patterns - such adorable details!! :)

  8. I just love the complexity and details of vintage patterns. Your dress is a work of art! I have that pattern and now look forward to trying it out when a little baby comes into my life. Who knows when? Maybe when I'm a grandma!

    1. Thank you so much, Justine!! I love vintage patterns as well; they have so much character!!
      I'm sure you'll love making the dress! :) Thanks for commenting!!


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