I found some gorgeous little dresses in Pumpkin Patch, but there was no way I could justify paying that much on a little girls dress. I'd baulk at spending $60 on a dress for myself! So, I had a bit of a think about how I could recreate a couple of them at home.
This military-style shirt dress was super cute. I thought I might be able to get the same sort of look with an Oliver & S Jump Rope Dress in similar colours. I've made a few of these dresses now and I love this pattern. I made a (generous) size 3 as the 2T I'd previously made was now just that teeny bit too tight on my tiny almost-4-year-old. It's probably just that little bit too big on her, but she will grow into it.
I made it out of a lightweight cotton drill and some pretty pink and white floral fabric from Lincraft. I made a few changes though - I did the inner placket, pocket flaps, and tie in the floral trim. Plus I decided I wanted the front placket to run the length of the dress, so it was more like the Pumpkin Patch dress. You can see I tried to trim the hem the same way as the original too.
I am still toying with the idea of putting some pockets on the front here. In fact, I might rip the pockets off the skirt and put military-style pockets on the skirt as well. I think that's definitely what it needs. I just haven't decided yet whether it's worth the effort. I hate unpicking!
My second effort was inspired by this absolutely gorgeous striped dress. I had to think about this one a bit more as I had never really made anything this shape before. I couldn't believe it when I stumbled across the perfect pattern in one of my Ottobre mags!
I was so happy with the finished dress! I made it in blue as black and white just doesn't seem to suit my fair-haired little cherub. But I did buy some black and white striped fabric to recreate this dress for a special niece of mine for Christmas! Shhh...
The belt came off a pair of summer shorts I bought from Target a little while back. I had it in mind for this dress as soon as I saw the one in the shop.
The buttons down the back are white with little stars. I thought they fit well with the whole nautical theme.
So what do you think? I'm not done yet.... I've still got a couple of ideas up my sleeve. Two more dresses, and then I will take a break!