It's 1941 and this little girl's daddy is a soldier coming home on leave today.
Her name is Darla.
Mommy and Darla came to the station early and Darla wants to look at the train tracks!
Darla is wearing her best dress made by mommy especially for today.
It is so patriotic, isn't it!
Mommy and Darla took a special trip to the city to buy her new leather shoes as well.
The man in the shoe shop gave Darla a pinwheel and she loves it.
Darla also loves to go to the train station because it's fun to explore there. Mommy often takes her out for an ice cream on days like this too.
She has such a nice mommy, doesn't she?
This is an old farming town and only one train comes a day so Mommy lets Darla play around the tracks.
Things were a lot different back then!
Children Darla's age played unsupervised outside for hours and no one called Child Protective Services!
Darla loves to find pretty rocks.
Darla also loves to play with her pinwheel. Lucky for Darla there is a nice breeze so her pinwheel affords her endless amusement!
Darla is starting to get weary of waiting....
There is the train off in the distance...
Daddy will be here soon!
Hip, hip, hooray!!!
Back to reality....
I used this pattern from 1941.
As you can see from the instructions above some vintage patterns are quite complicated! I love the challenge and always learn something new when working with patterns this old.
It's like opening a time machine!
When was the last time you saw a dress this detailed for a toddler in a shop?
I loved the little detail of the sleeve tucks.
My stitching is a little messy here. The braid trimming and the buttons are also vintage.
Don't you love vintage patterns?