I made a Little Red Riding Hood costume for Lyra to wear on Halloween.
The pinafore style dress was sewn in a tartan plaid wool fabric. The little hooded capelet is red velveteen, with more plaid wool as lining, and a big round button to keep it on.
Another new dress! I’ve been wanting to make this one for a while, but it took a bit of time to get everything into place to start. I picked out over 30 fabrics, chopped ‘em into little squares, and gathered them into huge tiers of rainbow-ordered loveliness. Then I tried out smocking/shirring for the first time on the bodice, and it went so smoothly! I was very pleased.
Lyra spotted it on the dress form before it was even finished, and she absolutely loves it. I think it may be her favorite dress ever. Sometimes it becomes necessary to stop her twirling, before she falls over in a dizzy stupor.
The listing is up in the shop.
Update: A PDF tutorial is now available here!
This fancy green party dress might be my new favorite toddler dress. I’m a big fan of green, simple prints, tiny details, and overly full skirts that seem to require twirling.
It has wee little pintucks on the bodice, stitched in dark green. The skirt is a sheer green and tan polka dot organza, layered over solid green cotton. There’s a ribbon sewn on at the waistline.
It’s absolutely adorable on Lyra; I should get some pictures of that, too. Outdoor pictures, even! I am *so* ready for spring.
This dress is available A similar dress is available in my shop, in toddler and baby sizes.
This is a coordinating little outfit set for spring or Easter. The full set includes a romper, newsboy cap, and knot dress.
The dress was vintage-farm inspired, with a 1930′s reproduction floral print skirt and an apron with little crocheted embellishments. My wonderful grandma crocheted the leaf-shaped doilies, and I tea dyed them for an older look. I added a ruffle to the bottom of the skirt, and knotted straps that cross in the back.
The romper was sewn in the same light blue cotton twill as the dress bodice. It has fabric covered buttons and a snappy crotch for easy changin’.
This set is listed in the shop in various forms, here’s the full set, the dress, and the romper and hat.
A huge amount of thanks goes to my friend for bringing her adorable baby boy out for a photo shoot, and to my mom for doing a fabulous job with the pictures!
This dress came to me as a package that was rescued from a thrift store and passed around a little bit, until it landed here. It was a kit, dated 1961, that someone, somewhere, had begun working on, but never completed. Only the hand smocking was finished, I sewed all of the pieces together.
The smocking details are fabulous. I am completely in love with this dress. Isn’t it awesome?
It was really neat to have a chance to see Lyra in something 50 years old (though freshly finished). This is certainly a dress that is hard for me to let go of, but I do have it listed in the shop. There will definitely only be one of these, but I am considering taking up smocking now.