The Retro Reproduction Dress FREE Pattern is available here.
By now, if you follow this blog, you know that we have a great free dress pattern we call the Retro Reproduction Dress. This outfit for my two-year-old is another iteration of this pattern with added half circle pockets and the Aster cardigan from Willow & Co. patterns. Fall is just around the corner and the sun is starting to cast those nostalgic shadows while the leaves are just giving hints at the colors to come. So I felt the urge to make something that will transition in Little Bit's wardrobe into the next season.
The Retro Reproduction is made up in some medium weight denim from my stash. The hemline is finished with bias tape for a bit of extra length (this girl is getting tall). The pockets are half circles finished with me-made gingham bias tape. Since this dress is only made of four pattern pieces making additions like these pockets feels like no burden- in fact I usually still have time and energy to add a little something extra to this dress since it is so simple. I envision Little Bit wearing it with golden yellow leggings this fall when there is a chill in the air!
Now on to the cardigan. This cardigan was in fact made from the most homely turtleneck one could ever behold. It was a bit worn and sad but I just love that cranberry color for fall so it was destined to be reborn into this cardigan. If ever I hope to save a knit garment I sometimes use the "wrong" side of the fabric as my new "right" side so that any pilling or fading is inside the new garment. The bias tape used as flat piping here is some gingham cotton and I simply basted it to the collar before stitching the collar together. The buttons are sewn on and instead of using buttonholes I used snaps. The pattern has instructions for buttons and buttonholes but my fabric was too bulky to fit under my buttonhole foot.
This worked fine for me and probably is better anyway since buttonholes on knits can sometimes look wonky and stretch out over time. The pattern was good to work with and knits always sew up so fast. This is a size two for my two-year-old so the sizing seems right. I think I may lengthen the sleeves this winter so that she can wear them when its colder but this length is perfect for putting on top of all those sleeveless summer clothes that she still fits into right now.
I really love fall colors and love the way that both of these pieces came together. I have been trying desperately to pare down my stash fabrics and making clothes for my two-year-old is perfect for pieces that are too small for adult clothing like this denim.
This is just the beginning of my fall sewing (my favorite time of the year) and fall colors are my very favorite colors to coordinate. I have lots of plans for some of my fall looking quilting cottons, I definitely think a few more iterations of the Retro Reproduction dress are on the docket. If any of you are interested in a tutorial for these pockets let me know and I may add that to the bill this fall, until then, happy sewing!Frontier Dreams Keep Calm and Craft On.