Playday Frock

Time to go outside and play….
Pebbles are so interesting….
Those pockets are a perfect place to hide some pebbles!

I got these little flower pot buttons from Retro Nana, a supplier on Etsy. 

I made this little dress from two fabrics. The first was the hankie print I bought in Tokyo and made myself this blouse from last week :
The second fabric was a bright red gingham I had leftover from Lily’s fifties 1956 pattern dress:
I soaked it in some brown dye to tone down the red and make the background match with the brown hankie print. I have used up all of this fabric now! Doesn’t it feel good to clear out some stash.I wish I had bought more of that hankie fabric. I really do like it.
I got the pattern from this book above One Yard Wonders, one of my favorite project books which has so many ideas and patterns and is well worth the money. Of course, being me, I use my patterns as an outline for my own designs as I haven’t gotten around to making a basic drafting block for Gigi yet. 

I used this Playday Frock dress above as my pattern base, added a longer lining underneath, and made a ruffle at the neckline. This is a great little basic pattern for simple summer dresses for girls. I may make one as a top for Lily too.

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  1. sewVery says

    I love both the dress and blouse! The fabric is so unique, and those buttons are just precious!

  2. says

    Oh that dress is adorable. I love the folksy/peasanty/country/retro look of this dress. I wish I could wear something this darn cute! Gigi has a beautiful little face, I love her candid expressions. Her and my neice Alexis looks so much alike, the big brown eyes, the sweet little face…OH wait, I guess I COULD sew for her more…lol.

  3. OakRose Mama says

    This dress is so adorable. You did such a great job. And the icing on the cake, those buttons are just gorgeous! Great photos too 🙂

  4. Marie says

    Oooh, I want a playday frock…how cute! And your little one looks adorable as always!

  5. says

    Gorgeous little dress!!! The red gingham is the perfect co-ordinating fabric. I have that book, but haven’t made anything in it yet…

  6. says

    Lovely dress again. The pebbles and pockets always remind me of a poem from one of our famous Hungarian poet, János Pilinszky.
    Just a little quote:
    “A tengerpartot járó kisgyerek
    mindíg talál a kavicsok közt egyre,
    mely mindöröktől fogva az övé,
    és soha senki másé nem is lenne.”

    I couldn’t find it in English and can’t translate it to rhymes, but it means that the little child, who’s walking on the seashore, always finds one pebble, which is belong to him from eternally and never would be anyone else’s. That’s how they choose those special pebbles, isn’t it? :o)