Sunday, 3 July 2016

Child's Simplicity pattern 1146 x 2

Hello stitchers,  This post is just a quickie.  A few weeks ago I was on a "reduce, reuse and recycle" mission. I had an old maternity dress that I had bought second hand, which had seen me through three pregnancies, and had definitely seen better days.


However, there was some usable fabric in the skirt section.  Enter: child's Simplicity pattern 1146. An easy (only two pattern pieces) knit dress, this one cut out in an age 4 with age 5 length.  As I made this a while ago it has been in and out the wash, and has been worn lots; no ironing as it's a knit. Happily, Little Miss loves wearing dresses, they are her favourite.


This version closes with ribbon ties; a second version I made at the same time has sweet little buttons.


This second dress uses up two tiny remnants from t-shirt making.  I haphazardly sewed them together before cutting out the pattern pieces. I did this to avoid spending too long faffing around over an everyday nursery kind of dress. One tiny bit of lace trim from my goody box (this had almost certainly been cut off another garment as it had treads over it) really lifts this little dress.


So, two almost free dresses. I did pay £2.04 for the pattern in a half price sale. The rest of the maternity dress, though beyond use in clothing, has been cut up for my rag rug course! Call me Mrs. Thrifty! See you soon stitchers.

16 comments:

  1. These are super cute! Love them. What a great way of using up fabric scraps.

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    1. Thanks I feel virtuous for scrap busting!

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  2. Great idea! Love the daisy trim! It really makes the dress. This reminds me hat I have maternity dresses somewhere for refashioning purposes.

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    1. Lots of fabric in a maternity dress!

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    1. Does feel good to give thins a second chance to be worn.

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  4. You're definitely Mrs Thrifty - in the best way possible of course! Two very sweet dresses!

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  5. These are lovely, my girls are refusing to wear anything other than dresses at the moment so I'm always looking for inspiration. Your little girl is so cute!

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    1. Imogen loves dresses too and moans if its not girly! Pity for her lots of her clothe are boy hand me downs!

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  6. Wow thrifty indeed! These dresses are so cute, as is your daughter, and she looks so pleased with them! They must have been very satisfying makes.

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    1. She does look particularly angelic in these photos.

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  7. Really lovely dresses - and rather nice using one of your maternity dresses for one of the children - sort of a lovely continuity about that :). She looks lovely, and you are right, make them quickly is the only way for children's clothes. They have a hard and short life.

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    1. Totally agree, childrens clothes have a punishing life.

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  8. How on earht did I miss this little adorable one? Your dresses look great on her. Glad we have had some weather to try them out. Jo x

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  9. How on earht did I miss this little adorable one? Your dresses look great on her. Glad we have had some weather to try them out. Jo x

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