Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Inspired By: Little Grey Dress via Pinterest (plus a gift for you!)

Ah, it’s felt good this week to create a few things that didn’t involve a lining or underlining! I actually have finished eight items this week! I’m not planning to post all of them, they are not all exciting enough for a post. But this new little dress is!

I was inspired by this dress pinned on Pinterest:

It’s simple, yet elegant and looks so cozy and warm. I’ve had this picture in my head for months. I knew this was first on my list of winter dress sewing for the girls. Here’s a look at my version:

 

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With the inspiration photo, I was always perplexed by the fact that it was a sleeveless fleece dress, worn in the summer – it seemed more fitting to be either layered or have sleeves as a winter dress. So in this first version I whipped up a couple of my favorite TNT t-shirts to layer with the dress. Tights and shoes from Target (I picked this color combo to go with the tights, not necessarily to match the inspiration photo).

Then I thought it would be nice to try a version with sleeves so that layering wouldn’t always be necessary.

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Whoops! Looks like my hem is coming down on that sleeve! Better go fix that. ;)

I really like how they turned out and thought just maybe you would like your own. So I put together my first PDF Pattern for FREE download.

Its completely digital and I would say it’s comparable to a size 4T/5T in RTW. I’ve put together a tutorial for this pattern, click below to see the step-by-step tutorial with photos.

Un Petit Design – Little Grey Dress

Materials Needed:

- approx. 1 yard of fleece fabric (a heavier sweater knit or sweatshirt fleece would work too)

- thread

- marking transfer paper (or preferred method of marking tool)

- rotary cutter, mat and ruler

- PDF Pattern

Instructions:

1. Cut out pattern pieces provided and one piece that is 6” by 21” (see diagram on pattern) and mark pleat lines on dress front piece.

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2. Fold pleats to the RIGHT side of the dress front and BASTE in place. Very important to use a basting stitch here as it will be removed later. It is most unpleasant to remove regular stitching from fleece. Ask me how I know…

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3. Finger press the pleats towards the outer edge of dress (two to the right, two to the left). Top stitch the pleats with a regular stitch 1/4” from folded edge of pleat.

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4. Remove the basting stitches from each pleat.

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5. Sew the dress front and back together at the shoulder seams with right sides together. If you are making the version with sleeves, skip down to step 6 now. If you are making the sleeveless version, sew the dress front and back together at the side seams. Turn garment right side out. Mark the center front and center back of neckline.

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6. To sew the sleeves in flat, lay the dress front and back pieces flat and line up the upper edge of the sleeve with the sleeve opening of the dress, with right sides together. Stitch. After both sleeves are attached, pin the underarm seam and dress side seam, right sides together and stitch each side. Turn garment right side out. Mark the center front and center back of neckline.

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7. Take the neck band piece and sew the to short ends together to form a band. Mark the quarter points of the neck band with pins.

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8. Place the neck band on the dress neck line with the RIGHT side of the neck band facing the WRONG side of the dress. Match the neck band seam with the center back, match the dress and neck band center fronts and the remaining to marks on the neck band with the shoulder seams.

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There will be excess fabric between the quarter points on the neck band. This is going to form the soft pleats in the neck band. To form these pleats, smooth the fabric from each pin towards the next pin with out stretching and fold excess fabric at the next, forming a pleat. Do this at all four pins and in the same direction as you work around.

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9. Stitch the neck band to the dress, being careful to keep all pleats on neckband and dress front laying in their proper direction as you stitch over them.

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Unfold the neck band from the inside of the dress.

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Turn the raw edge of the neck band about a third of the way down.

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Then fold it again by another third.

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Finish the dress by hemming the skirt and, if you are making the sleeveless version, turning under and stitching the armscye 1/2”.

Here’s a few more photos of my Wild One sporting her two versions of the dress.

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I hope you enjoy this little pattern. If you have any questions, please leave me a comment!

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87 comments:

  1. So very cute, and cozy, too. My 3-almost-4-year-old just sat down next to me and immediately told me she wants the sleeved version of the dress. :) She's always freezing, so the fleece sounds like a great idea anyway. Thank you for sharing this.

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  2. very cute. and you should post all eight projects.

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  3. @Jessie Oh, you'll have to send a photo when you make her one! My girls did not want to take their long sleeve version off!

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  4. @Lynette Thanks. Maybe I will. At least a few of them anyways!

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  5. Oh, look what's next on my list to do! Thank you so much for posting the pattern and tutorial!
    I'm also sewing Simplicity 2193 for my daughters' Christmas Dresses and following your instructions. Thank you for posting the the tutorial on the yoke! Total lifesaver.
    Sarah

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  6. SO adorable!! thanks so much for the tute! Your model is FABULOUS!!! :)

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  7. @Anonymous You're welcome! Please send me a photo when you make it!!
    I'm glad my post on S2193 is helpful too. I just love that pattern, such a cute little dress.

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  8. Very cute! Thanks for posting the pattern/tutorial.

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  9. Oh wow! This darling! I can't wait to make one for my little girl! Thanks!

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  10. Nice job!! I saw that picture on pinterest too and had it on my to do list forever. Now you've made it even easier for me - thank you! It came out great and your model is adorable!

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  11. So cute! I am in love with how adorable your little girls are in their dresses. I only have boys so these dresses make me WISH I had a little girl around to pamper and dress up. Wonderful job!

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  12. LOVE this!! I've often wondered the same thing about sleeveless winter dresses. :) Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to make one for my daughter! PS I have the same hem turning out of my sleeves thingy. How do you fix yours?

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  13. @Emily I just went back and did the blind hem stitch again, I just had not caught enough fabric the first time. :o)

    Thanks for your comments everyone!

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  14. Thanks for the pattern!!!, it´s wonderfull!!! I like very much your blog, and now i follow you, (sorry for my english), kiss. Olga

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  15. Your design is absolutely beautiful! New follower...I can't wait to see more of your designs.....amazing.

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  16. i have had the same pinned photo! Love that you figured it out, came out beautiful.

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  17. @Jessica and @Simple Simon & Co

    Thank you!!

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  18. simply beautiful! And thank you for sharing your tutorial - what a fun Christmas gift for all of us:) I echo the request to see all 8 projects - your work is so inspiring!

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  19. saw this at Project Run and Play linky party and this is so darling. She is amazingly adorable, what a beautiful model for your great dress! It could all be in a magazine.

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  20. Wonderful! I pinned that dress too and need to make one size 5 for my daughter. Thanks for your gift and wish you a nice holiday!

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  21. So cute! Thx for sharing. Happy holidays.

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  22. What a cute little cozy dress. Thank you so much for sharing. Greetings from Germany

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  23. Thank you so much for the lovley dress pattern. We will sew it next month and send you a picture! :-)

    Many kind regards,

    Caterina

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  24. That is soooo cute! I need to make this for our granddaughter, Lily is 4 so it should fit just fine.
    Thank you for sharing this cute dress. I just found your site. Very interesting and full of info.

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  25. So cute! My daughter wants one too! Did you make the matching hair bows? Do you have a tutorial for those too? :)

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  26. Your results are adorable - thank you for the pattern and tute! I want to make one for Serenity! I did a little digging and the dress is actually made of wool with buttons down the back. It's one that was specially made - like Toms shoes if you buy a dress a child in an impoverished Nation gets a dress. http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_10051_181085_-1?N=86154594+104

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  27. Wow! Thanks everyone for all your kind comments!
    I'm so glad you are all liking this pattern.

    @Barbara Wong Yes, I made the headbands for the grey dresses and the flower clip for the red dresses. I'll try to post something on those this week!

    Stay tuned, I'm working on another girls dress that will include a pattern, hopefully this week, but maybe into next week.

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  28. Oh my God! The Girl is so cute!
    Greetings from Germany Judith

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  29. Just found you through the Project Run and Play link up and whipped up a dress for my youngest DD out of some leftover My Little Pony fleece...solid is definitively more stylish, but it's for Christmas and DD will flip over the ponies. I reduced the pattern to get a size 2 and after Christmas we'll see how it looks on her. Thanks so much! This was amazingly simple and fast!!

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    1. Sorry to bump into your conversation, but can you give me some tips on how you reduced to get a size 2?

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  30. Hello! Thank you so much for the pattern and for your generosity. I'm going to try to make a mini-version for my 9 month old. Your daughter's just gorgeous, by the way, what a smile!

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  31. I found you via Pinterest...and I LOVE this pattern!!! I can't wait to try one for The Munchkin. It looks so comfy & cozy. I almost want one for myself!

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  32. Heck yeah! Love this pattern!! Made it in a couple hours in an emergency rush to make my daughter a Christmas program dress after my mom ruined the other dress I made. Lol

    My daughter is 8 so the patter was too small and I don't have a printer anyways. I also didn't have paper to make a pattern so I used a McCalls pattern of a simple dress that was perfectly a little big anyways.

    Fast, easy, and super cute. Oh handmade no one else will be wearing one.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS PATTERN!

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  33. Heck yeah! Love this pattern!! Made it in a couple hours in an emergency rush to make my daughter a Christmas program dress after my mom ruined the other dress I made. Lol

    My daughter is 8 so the patter was too small and I don't have a printer anyways. I also didn't have paper to make a pattern so I used a McCalls pattern of a simple dress that was perfectly a little big anyways.

    Fast, easy, and super cute. Oh handmade no one else will be wearing one.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS PATTERN!

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  34. Thank you very much for this lovely, easy pattern! This year I didn´t sew a chrismas dress - until this afternoon. The first dress is ready and another is planed.
    Thank you and I wish you wonderful Christmas days,
    Tagpflückerin

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  35. Can this pattern be made in other fabrics? If so, which fabrics would you suggest? Would corduroy work? I live in a hot climate and winter here is like chilly with a bit of breeze.
    Also, for the PP who said she reduced the pattern to a size 2, how did you do that?

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  36. @Anonymous This pattern is really designed as is for stretch knits, as there are no closures, but it may be able to be adapted for a woven if you included a center back seam with either a zipper or button closure. You could always experiment, but I've only used fleece. Hope this helps!!

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  37. Hi, what a lovely dress!!!! I like it very much. Can you tell me what size it is? And the hair decoration is also adorable. Can you tell me how to do it?
    Greetings....

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  38. I can't wait to make this! And your daughter is absolutely GORGEOUS!

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  39. Not sure how to finish the armholes if not attaching the sleeves. I like the jumper look better.

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  40. I LOVE this dress and I want to make it for my daughter. I have never sewn clothes but I feel I can do this. BUT, can you tell me how I would adjust the pattern to make it her size? She would need an 18-month or perhaps a 2T. Any thoughts from anyone would be helpful!

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  41. SHE is precious and I LOVE the dress..may try it with upcycled wool..thnx!

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  43. Awesome, this is on my to-do list. How do I adjust the pattern to fit a 18-month old?

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  44. I just found your blog. This dress is adorable. If I find the time I may attempt this for my granddaughter. Your children are beautiful as is your photography. Very nice blog.

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  45. Wooo, so nice dress. I will made for my girls.
    Thank you for sharing with it.

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  46. Totally cute and the dress ain't bad either! LOL I love both of the dresses. I'll have to wait another year for my 2yo (today!) granddaughter to fit into it. I can't wait! Is this your daughter? She is so adorable and she already knows how to model.

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  47. thanks for posting the pattern & tutorial! looking fwd to making this! :)

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  48. Thank you so much for this pattern, I will made it for my daughter. I'm sure she will love it!
    Greetings from Germany
    Judith

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  49. I'm making this for my daughter today and I have a question. When you cut out the fleece, what direction should the grainline to go?

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  50. @Ella Minnow Pea Boutique, the strait grain should run from the neckline down to the hemline so that the stretch of the fleece is going around the body. :)

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  51. I sewed the dress this evening for my 7 yo. I enlarged the pattern using the photocopy machine. I enlarged it at 140%. I think you could take the print outs to any copy place to do the same. I took the measurements and then kept enlarging the pattern until I got it to the size I needed. The only thing I think that is a bit off is the cowl. It is a lot looser. Almost like a 1950's style cowl. I don't know how to upload a photo, but I will see if you have an email address and send it there. She loves polka dots, so we have blue with white polka dots.

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  52. To add to my note above about using a photo copy machine to enlarge/reduce a pattern, the proportions for arm and neck holes do not increase at the same proportion as the rest of the dress. You will need to make them larger/smaller. In my case, smaller.

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  53. Thank you :) I ended up sewing a purple one for my daughter yesterday. She is wearing it right now and won't take it off. She says it's "comfy cozy" lol! Thank you for the pattern and taking the time to make a tutorial.

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  54. thanx! looks very cool :-)
    She is gorgeous!!!

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  55. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!! I wish I could sew (and had more time), I would be off to make these beautiful creations. Honestly, I have never seen more beautiful clothes for children!!

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  56. Great tutorial! You've been featured on the Quality Sewing Tutorials blog.

    We hand select only the best free tutorials and patterns for home sewers.

    Grab a brag button!

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  57. Thanks, thanks, thanks. I've always wanted to sew one for my daughter since I saw it on pinterest.
    Your girl lokks so adorable!

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  58. I made this for my 2 year old granddaughter. I could not get it over her head! Any suggestions? She is not big for her age!

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  59. Qué precioso vestido... y la mejor modelo!!

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  60. Wow! Just beautiful! Your girls are just stunning :).

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  61. thanks from my granddaughter

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  62. Adorable! I think I'll make this for my little girl!

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  63. Oh.my.gosh,

    Your little girl is stunning! Those curls! Those eyes!

    The dress is cute too, thanks for the pattern. :)

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  64. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

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  65. gorgeous, I will definitly be making one of these out of some precious grey merino wool that I have had stored away for a few years for some little project.

    also do you think it would work with a cord fabric? or does it need stretch?

    love from New Zealand

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  66. Finally, I did it, I made this nice dress: http://padurvjuspraugu.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/sarkana-kleita/

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  67. I love the dress and the model is gorgeous. I was just wondering if you had the finally measurements of the dress. I want to make one for my small 8 yr old and my 3 yr old. just need to know how much bigger or smaller to make it. Thanks for sharing.

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  68. I just saw this pinned on the kcwc community board. It is adorable and I was thrilled to see that the pattern is free! Wow! I can't wait to give it a try. My daughter will only wear dresses so I've been looking for some to make that will be warmer for winter. This is perfect. Thanks!!
    Jessica

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  69. Love this pattern just made it with fleece - going to try it with an old ribbed sweater tonight. If you print using the printer properties "scaling" set to "Reduce/Enlarge" and put in 85% in the box, the resulting pattern is roughly 18-24 month size. I had to add 1/2" to the length of the sleeves. Other than that it worked great !! Thanks much

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  70. Really amazing! Thank you so much for this post and pdf. I am so excited to try. Renee

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  71. Now my girl is old enough for this cute dress. We both like it very much. I also made it with fleece. Look at my blog to see the result.
    Thanks for the pattern
    Eulenspiel

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  72. Just finished one for my almost-three-year-old and it's SO CUTE! Thank you so much! It was pretty much free since I used fleece I had on hand and the amazing free pattern. I can't afford to go out and purchase the cute clothes from chain stores with our crazy tight budget right now, so what a blessing to be able to make something MORE adorable than I'd find in the store (not because of my sewing, but because of your designs!). Thanks again!

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  73. Wow! What a great job you did. I had that grey dress pinned and you absolutely nailed it!! Thanks for the pattern :)

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  74. Lovely dress! Thank you for the tutorial!

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  75. Love, love, love the dress and your little girl is a cutie! Can't wait to make it. My daughter loves dresses and so hard to wear all the time in winter. But, this is a good one.

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  76. Hi, thank you, I've just made this for my 3 year old and she loves it. It's so simple to make, it's the first item of clothing I every made. Think I'll make some for Christmas presents. x

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  77. Thank you so much for the very detailed instructions. I have only ever sewn pillowcase dresses so this was a big step for me. Your tutorial was easy to follow and the three dresses for my three girls turned out lovely. I copied the grey, and had white top and white stockings with black shoes. I think it looks lovely. Thanks again, so much for the time you put into the tutorial.

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  78. How talented are you?!?! wow.... and I want one in adult size.... totally fab and makes me wish I had a little girl in my life to sew this for.

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    1. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial - the dress is gorgeous!
      I made an adult sized one for myself this week, I explain how I went about it on my blog (http://grtescp.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/little-grey-dress/)

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  79. I just love this dress! I used the bodice portion of your tutorial to make something similar for my 2-year-old and linked to your post as my inspiration! Your little girl is just beautiful.

    http://bethbeingcrafty.blogspot.com/2013/01/upcyclingdownsizing.html#

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  80. I just stumbled across your amazing work! I'd love to make this dress for my granddaughter, but there seems to be a problem with wiki and the pattern download. Can you check your file or send it to me? TIA! :)
    Rachel (cnrhood@gmail.com)

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  81. Agree, I havent been able to get the download for the pattern to work either.
    Thanks
    Holly (miraklekid@aol.com)

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  82. Baby Frocks is very stylish makes your centre of attraction and look like princess.

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  83. I've made one this week http://www.ladybugenco.blogspot.nl/2013/10/jurkje.html I love it!

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  84. This is so cute and versatile. I want to make a larger one for my 13 year old daughter (and maybe me) to wear as a vest over leggings. She is size small adult. Any idea how much bigger to make it?

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