Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Vintage Inspired Bitty Girl Dress

I've been trying my hand at drafting and boy is it a long and slow process to perfection!  This dress for my 23 month old (soon to be two year old sob sob!) has gone through many iterations and I feel has many more to come but I finally made one that I feel good about posting.  The shape of the dress is inspired by all those Eloise Wilkin's books that I love to pour over.  Her drawings of childhood capture me.  
I wanted to draft something that could be a great summer woven top and dress but could also be converted with long sleeves to the cooler months.  It sounds like a lot to expect from one pattern but I'm certainly going to try it!  I took some notes from a couple of thrifted vintage dresses we have, they have shorter hemlines which let cute little legs poke out and cute little bloomers stick out too!  The fabrics used here were thrifted, I always feel so lucky when I happen on polka dot fabric, what kid doesn't look adorable in polka dots!  
Bitty girl needs some new summer clothes and I think this top/dress will fit the bill.  The hope is that one day this will be digitized and formatted for pdf....so here's hopin' and wishin'! 
This little bit is always on the go go go so here's what I see most of the time...her back running away from me!  She's my built in work out.  So have any of you out there drafted for your children?  And do you also have the hope of digitizing your work one day?  
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12 comments:

  1. What an adorable dress - I love the polka dot and strawberry combination!

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  2. Oh that is such a cute dress. I like the colors and trim. The pattern looks so adorable on little bit. Or should we call her "tidbit"? That baby is one cute thing. Badly need to come up and see her and her precious sister. Great job on the outfit. Love mama

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    1. Thanks Momma, I thought you'd like those cute little legs sticking out! You know there's always a bed ready for you! Love E

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  3. The dress is so cute! I love the strawberry fabric... perfect for summer!

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    1. Thank you Kylie! I love those little strawberries too!

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  4. Super cute! love the fabric!

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  5. This dress is soooo cute. Love the color. Well, it is one of my dream to draft my own pattern. I have tried it and definitely will try it again.

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    1. Thank you Di! You should give it a try, its a challenge but worth it!

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