Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Vintage Toddler Dress

I love this fabric from Denyse Schmidt, and I still have vague plans to make something for myself out of it. In an uncharacteristically realistic move, I made a dress for L instead. I went on a two month quest to find the perfect dress pattern for the fabric. It took me so long to decide on a pattern that I found myself up at 3am on December 23 trying to finish the dress for L to wear to church on Christmas Eve, piles of unwrapped gifts all around me, cursing Singer's fiendish buttonholer. This vintage Simplicity is as close as I could get in a 4T. It called for a stand up collar, and it wasn't lined (come on!). I also lengthened the hem a skosh. 

Pattern: Tweaked Simplicity 5730 from 1983
Fabric: Denyse Schmidt Shelburne Falls Multi Floral Maple
Buttons: PA Fabric Outlet (on Fabric Row in Philadelphia.) I also got the buttons for J's halloween costume rings there. If you haven't seen their button selection you should.
BluebirdEve's Little Earthlings I have a minor obsession with these little creatures, and they were well represented on L's Christmas list.


  1. L was accosted everywhere she went for the adorableness of this dress!

  2. It is beautiful. I just started buying vintage patterns but I am not sure if the instructions will have enough information for me to figure out how to make the dresses.

    1. Thanks ladies. This pattern is only from 1983 and the directions are comparable to modern big name patterns. Generally, vintage patterns are so cheap that if I get one with crumby directions, its no big loss.