This pattern is straight out of the 90’s. In fact it is copyrighted 1994.
Can I call the 90’s vintage yet ?
In my mind I relate the 90’s to the years of motherhood and when my brood of 3
were all little children.
I feel vintage, so surely this pattern must qualify as vintage.
Anyway,despite it’s age the dress is a basic button up the front pinafore.
The length of the dress needed to be shortened a good 25cms to give it a more up to date length.
The shorter dresses nowadays look great with leggings under them.
Longer dresses clearly are no good for climbing either.
I have been a fan of designer Aneela Hoey for quite a few years now.
She captures the joy of childhood in her whimsical fabric designs.
This beautiful apricot fabric is from her range Posy.
To me it evokes childhood memories of times spent blowing dandelions to make the fairies fly.
I had not made a dress like this for my daughters when they were little.
I am a zip in the back kinda gal.
My challenge was going to be neat buttonholes.
The buttons at the front, meant that they would be a very visible feature of the dress.
My Janome has an automatic buttonhole stitch which is easy to use.
For some reason I felt panicky that I would wreck the beautiful fabric by messing up the buttonholes
This dress was 10 days in the making because I was scared of making the buttonholes.
It sat for 9 days waiting for the buttonholes to be done so that I could attach the bodice to the gathered skirt.
I avoided this button project like The Plague.
I have done lots of buttonholes over the years, I was just a bit rusty.
Thinking back, I remembered that I made a denim pinafore with studs for buttons all the way down the front, for one of my girls , way back in the 90’s.
Wow how clever and adventurous I must have been back then.
This thought gave my confidence a much needed boost.
Swing back to the present.
Well two days ago, I bit the bullet and having the house to myself I was able to take my time and have a practice run or 4.
So happy to say that I did it.
I decided to sew a button on each pocket. The red buttons pick up the small traces of red in the flowers.
They were my Miss Em’s idea. I was going to play it safe with white buttons.
I have to say I love her choice.
The buttons are the perfect decoration.
I had toyed with adding lace but then decided I wanted this to be a dress for a child to play in.
Just like all the drawings of children playing that Aneela Hoey designs for her fabric.
The final detail was to cut out this cute selvage and adhere it to the dress.
It was too cute to throw out.
Have to say I love this pattern. The lined bodice is easy to make and everything went together very well.
A great little pattern , given a new look.
Now this lovely dress is all ready to be sent in a parcel to my little niece.