Good morning! Happy Autumn! Over the past month, I have been working on sewing my daughter new clothes for autumn. Sewing for her is a lot of fun – the projects are quick and SO cute! I keep finding so many beautiful fabrics that I have quite the stash going. I’ve also found some great patterns when they are on sale at Joann Fabrics. It is great because whenever I find a little time, I have the fabric and patterns ready to go and I can whip Jellybean up a little outfit! I just finished a couple new pieces for autumn and thought it would be fun to share them!
I love this little plaid dress. The ruffle is so cute! I purchased this plaid fabric at a Florence Eiseman fabric sale, where I find a lot of my fabrics! The fabric is a bit more yellow and green than it photographed – which is perfect for Packers Sundays :) I usually end up changing a few things on commercial patterns, but in this case I just shortened the ruffle since the full size was a bit too much on Jellybean, who is 20 months. I also used an invisible zipper, which looks very pretty in the back with the plaids matching up.
My mother had this gorgeous red plaid wool in her fabric stash that was just enough to make a cute jumper. I didn’t have enough to make sleeves so I piped the armholes and neck with black piping. I have a black onesie with a little mock turtleneck and black leggings she can wear with this. This jumper was made from the same pattern as the sailboat dress I made back in July. I added lining to the dress, which makes the piped armholes and neck opening much neater on the inside.
This sailboat dress used the same pattern as the red plaid dress but looks so different! I love using a pattern as a base and then altering it to whatever idea I have in my head. I piped the Peter Pan collar, one of my favorite little additions, and added buttons and flutter sleeves. The flutter sleeves came from another pattern I owned.
This tunic top is a great pattern. It was so easy to make and went together very quickly. I made this woodland top in the smallest size but it is still a little big on Jellybean. If it fits her this autumn, she can wear it with leggings and a onesie underneath. Otherwise, it would be perfect for spring and summer. The fabric is from Joann Fabrics.
The next two dresses I made for Jellybean a while ago, but they still fit her!
This woodland party dress is by far my favorite – I just love it! I found the fabric at our local quilting store and it went perfectly with her woodland-themed first birthday party. I made the dress following the pattern, except I added a bow to the sash and used an embroidered collar from Florence Eiseman.
I made this choo-choo train dress for Jellybean to wear on Father’s Day when we visited Thomas the Train. I changed the pattern up a bit and added the train appliqué. You can download the free pattern for the train here. The lovely seersucker fabric is Florence Eiseman and was very lightweight – perfect for summer!
I have a bunch more dresses and tops I’d like to make Jellybean, but it is definitely tricky finding time to sew with two toddlers running around! I’m hoping to start a Little Red Riding Hood dress soon – as it would be perfect for autumn. I’m planning to use the Little Vogue pattern again, but instead of the ruffle dress, I want to make the pleated dress with the Peter Pan collar and cap sleeves piped in red. I have this adorable crocheted red hoodie cardigan from Target that matches the Lil’ Red fabric perfectly!
Jellybean is going as a little black cat for Halloween this year – she LOVES the little black cat in the Maisy Mouse books. I’m planning to make a black cat dress or tunic that she will be able to wear again throughout the year. The black cat fabric by Robert Kaufman is perfect!!
So there you have it, my little sewing creations for my daughter! I like to think sewing for her is keeping my sewing skills sharp for when I return to work in a few years. Before my daughter was born, I was continuing to sew for local costumes shops in the area from home, but I haven’t done that for a while now. Sewing for my daughter is a special treat! Does anyone else love sewing for their kids?
- Green plaid fabric – Florence Eiseman
- Red plaid wool – vintage
- Woodland animal fabric on blue background – Joann Fabrics Cotton Fabric Forest Animals
- Woodland animal fabric on cream background – Woodland Scene by Timeless Treasures
- Nautical boat fabric – Florence Eiseman
- Blue plaid seersucker – Florence Eiseman
- Little Red fabric – Lil’ Red by Stacy Test Hsu for Moda Fabrics
- Black cat fabric – Urban Zoologie by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman
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