When my first daughter was a toddler I found the most adorable vintage dress at a thrift store in Kansas City. The tag in it said "Debby Dare" size 2. I've tried to research this brand and all I can turn up is a reference to it on the Kansas City Garment Museum website. I had no idea KC had a garment district and related museum! Danny and Debby Dare was apparently a children's clothing line produced in Kansas City. My oldest daughter wore this dress until she out grew it and I sooooo wanted to reproduce it at the time but didn't have the sewing skills I needed. But now I do! And I've gone a little crazy reproducing this dress for my youngest daughter.
This is my oldest daughter close to two years old wearing the dress (above).
And this is my now 23 month old wearing the same dress (above). Can you imagine the quality of this garment since it still looks wonderful after all these years of wearing by small children? Incredible. So different from today's clothing.
Back to my reproductions of this dress. I've made three so far and love them to pieces.
This one is made from a piece of vintage sheet given to me by my Mom. She shortened our bed sheets when we were little and never threw away the pieces. Lucky me!
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