This one began with one of Daddy’s shirts. Again, should have taken a before picture of him wearing it. The sleeves were comedically short. What is up with this family growing in weird ways? And there’s no way it shrank. It’s an L.L. Bean dress shirt. I learned while trying to take it apart that every aspect of this shirt is totally top quality. They are not kidding with that lifetime guarantee. I couldn’t even find the stitches to take the pocket off. They use French seams everywhere — even to attach the sleeves. So, here’s before:
Ordinary shirt, to fantastic dress!
Pattern: The bodice is The Cottage Mama’s Charlotte Apron Dress, minus the apron. The skirt is much less full. The result is pretty much the cutest thing I’ve ever sewn. I may say that most times I sew something. But this one is reeeeeeaaaallllyyy cute.
Fabric: The top is Daddy’s L.L. Bean dress shirt. The purple is a wool/rayon blend from Ragtime. I brought Lottie with me, showed her a piece of the shirt, and let her pick WHATEVER fabric she wanted to go with it. Brave? Maybe. More likely I would have vetoed something really weird. The ribbon trim is actually upholstery trim. That and the vintage buttons came from a giant stash gifted from my mother-in-law. The satin flower at the bottom of the dress is from a curtain I took apart for… reasons I suddenly can’t recall…
Lottie’s Response: I was actually surprised that she liked it. It’s nothing she would ordinarily pick out for herself in a store, but once she had it on, she seemed to really get a kick out it. It’s also not something I would typically have made, if not pushed with the challenge to use the shirt and the fabric she picked. Definitely need to do more of that. Pockets are always a plus when you’re four, of course. The colors look great on her, and it’s not a terribly fussy dress. She was proud to have picked out the purple herself.
Also goes great with crazy hair.
I’ve had these pants for years, and I honestly don’t think they ever fit me properly. They were short in a truly comedic way. I should have taken a before picture of myself wearing them. Aside from the length problem, they weren’t cut with the grain properly either, so the legs were twisty and wonky.
Anyway, I’ve kept them because… I don’t know really. It’s not like I was ever planning to lose height. I considered turning them into shorts, but they’re flannel, so there’s not a lot of use for hot shorts. They were definitely bottom-of-the-drawer. Lottie has always loved these though. So Valentine’s Jammies it is!
Pattern: None. Just winged it based on a pair of her current PJ pants. I made them extra long, apparently to make them do their penance for being too short for me. The top is a boys Hanes T-shirt. It’s quite ill-fitting, really, but I figured it was good enough for PJs.
Lottie’s Response: Again, she loved them, and wanted to wear them right away. I was worried that she’d be a little cold though. Tonight, when I asked if she wanted to wear them again, she said no. So, we’ll see how much use they’ll actually get.
Behold this lovely dress. Bright and springy, lovely drape, flattering cut…
…and also way too small for me. It was one of my favorites back before Lottie was born, so I hung on to it, I guess with some notion that I would lose critical bone mass, maybe? I mean, it’s not just a little snug around the tummy. It’s like my actual bones got bigger. So rather than hang onto it until I’m 90, or somehow otherwise shrunken, I turned it into a little Bohemian Girl dress for Lottie.
Pattern: I used the bodice from The Cottage Mama Summer Picnic Dress and just gathered the heck out of the skirt. I reused the skirt lining but had to make a new bodice lining. I was able to use the existing hem and used a bit of the original bodice for the straps.
Lottie’s response: seemed quite happy with it. She wore it all day Sunday. It’s quite the dancing dress. And also just the look for a Bohemian guitar player.
You know, just a little hippy girl, strumming her guitar. I’m pretty sure I went to college with this chic.