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Itty Bitty Toddler Dress for DGD

Crazy K's picture

Hi!  I found this toddler pattern on another forum.  I had fabric that seemed perfect and a DGD that wears the correct size......sooooo, I had to try it.  It turned out better than I expected........now I hope she likes it!  the fabric is last years' plisse coodinates from Hancock Fabric.


Thanks for looking


Kay

ThreadKoe's picture

(post #31218, reply #1 of 49)

Kay, that is just so amazingly adorably sweet! You have a great sense of colour and proportion. WOW!!! Cathy

Ceeayche's picture

(post #31218, reply #2 of 49)

Golly, I wish I was that size!  That dress is adorable.... looks very high end.  I'm sure you can't wait to see her in it. 

"Ceeaychelle"
Greet each day with Joy.  Embrace your blessings.

"Ceeaychelle"
Greet each day with Joy.  Embrace your blessings.

Crazy K's picture

(post #31218, reply #4 of 49)

Thank you!  Next Friday is the day I see her..........Maybe she'll try it on so I can get a picture!


Kay

Sancin's picture

(post #31218, reply #5 of 49)

Ahhh, I wish I had a girl grand!

Crazy K's picture

(post #31218, reply #6 of 49)

It's fun..........we have 20 in total (but not all girls!) but most are older.  Little Taylor is the youngest....she just turned 3 yrs.  She still loves what Grandma makes her!! :-)


When she gets too old, I guess I'll have to wait for Great Grands!


Kay


Edited 7/9/2009 7:50 pm ET by Crazy K

Crazy K's picture

(post #31218, reply #3 of 49)

Thank you!  The proportion thing had more to do with using what I had than any ability!! ha ha  It worked out good though.....and I like the wide band at the bottom versus the 1" recommended........JMHO.


I see her next Friday........can't wait to see her reaction!


Kay

ThreadKoe's picture

(post #31218, reply #11 of 49)

Isn't that the way it works out sometimes? Lucky happenstance gives you the extra Wow factor. The bloomers or shorts under would be a nice idea any how. 3 yr olds can be so active.... :) Cathy

Crazy K's picture

(post #31218, reply #12 of 49)

I've been thinking more and more along those lines.....I have patterns for shorts and I think I could turn them into bloomers without too much trouble.....shorten a tad and add some elastic around the legs????  Sound like it would work????  I have the one-piece pattern for sweats.......maybe a little more full and would give more of a 'bloomer' look...............o.k., ladies, what do you think????


 


Kay

ThreadKoe's picture

(post #31218, reply #13 of 49)

Bloomers are usually a bit wider (fuller) and a bit puffier looking. I might add a bit of width to the leg, and just add elastic. Depending on how full the shorts are to start with. The elastic at the leg will tend to creep up and add the cute fullness anyway, so shortening them may not be needed, or use the extra length for the ruffle at the leg. Just my thought. Cathy

Crazy K's picture

(post #31218, reply #14 of 49)

Funny you mentioned ruffle..........DD and I talked about making her pantaloons......but that was a year or more ago.......not sure if she would wear them now.  You know, children are so sophisticated these days!!!  ha ha


I checked......I do not have enough fabric...they would have to be patchwork and I'm not sure I want to go there!  Maybe I can find some colored panties and put a rhumba ruffle around the back!!


We'll come up with something.............ha   Necessity is the Mother of invention they say!


Kay

ThreadKoe's picture

(post #31218, reply #15 of 49)

You are right, she probably wouldn't like them. Perhaps a simple pair of stretch knit shorts would work best, and a matching totebag for her things would work better? A small knapsack perhaps? just a thought, as I know you do such lovely bags... Cathy

Ralphetta's picture

(post #31218, reply #16 of 49)

If you check your old patterns you might find a panty pattern from a much smaller pattern. The one I used until she was 5 or 6 was from a really small pattern...but it had lots of excess room...maybe for a diaper? It was comsiderably larger around than a shorts pattern and as someone mentioned, the soft blousing effect was what made it blend right into the skirt and become almost invisible. In my opinion the matching bloomers looked best without a ruffle. The ruffle on an older child sort of defeats the purpose of creating a stylish/undistracting look into the costume look. I made the panties so that when she danced around, climbed up onto things, etc., her rear-end wasn't the focal point.

Crazy K's picture

(post #31218, reply #17 of 49)

The pieces I have left aren't large enough I don't think, even for panties.  I do have some solid blue (I think the same turquoise as in the fabric) and I could  make her a pair of those........they'd still blend in much better than stark white!  Or I could make her a pair of 'biker shorts'....to wear with the dress.  Haven't quite decided yet.


Kay

Ralphetta's picture

(post #31218, reply #18 of 49)

The dress is really smart looking so I'm sure that whatever you decide will be equally fashionable. After I sent the last message I realized that I should have said that I ALWAYS have an opinion about things, but I have no expectation that everyone will agree! Sometimes another person's opinion gives me a new idea or it might force me to reconsider my thoughts and find that I feel even more firmly about them. Whichever happens, it's been helpful.

Crazy K's picture

(post #31218, reply #19 of 49)

I, too, appreciate input from others.  Sometimes we tend to go through life with blinders on and having input and ideas from others tends to widen our horizons.......at least it does mine!  I didn't mention that the solid torquoise is a knit......with lyrca so it will make comfy panties/biker shorts or whatever I come up with.  I'm not sure even they are necessary.......the dress may be quite long on Taylor..........she's grown but I won't know till she tries it on for me.  It's a surprise so I haven't asked for mom's input on it either!  They come a week from todays o if I don't get anything made.......I can ask and see what they prefer.


Thanks!


Kay

Gloriasews's picture

(post #31218, reply #20 of 49)

That dress is incredibly cute!  You did an excellent job.  Do you have enough scraps to make a little sun hat?  It could be pieced with both fabrics.  Do post her pic when she tries on the dress - we'd all love to see it.

Crazy K's picture

(post #31218, reply #21 of 49)

Thanks!  I didn't think about a hat...........great idea.  Not sure if I have enough pieces left but its surely worth a look.  They will be here tomorrow.  I'm eager to see how it fits her!


Kay

Gloriasews's picture

(post #31218, reply #22 of 49)

You could make a 4-pce. crown (like a beanie) in both fabrics (alternated) & a little rim around the bottom (or even a little frill, if you run out of fabric), maybe one fabric on one side & the other on the other - or do the brim in a plain colour.  I hope you have enough scraps.  Good luck! 

Crazy K's picture

(post #31218, reply #23 of 49)

I do have some cute hat patterns........DGD is coming to visit this morning.......going to see if the dress fits and find out from mom if DGD would even WEAR a hat.  She's a very independent little gal and if she doesn't like it, it would never see her head!  I think many 3 yr. olds are like that!  I chuckle when I see the two........her older brother is laid back and complacent........she, on the other hand, is the 'free spirit' of the two.  My boys were the independent ones and DD was more the easy-going one.  Funny!


Kay

Gloriasews's picture

(post #31218, reply #24 of 49)

You're right - she may not want to wear a hat.  Let us know how the dress fits.  Enjoy your visit.

Crazy K's picture

(post #31218, reply #25 of 49)

She was here today but of course, wanted no part of modeling.  Liked the dress...just wouldn't put it on!  I held it up and altho' a smidge shorter than I hoped, it will be fine..........still hits her knees........I just was hoping for a teeny bit longer.  she's growing like a weed right now! 


Maybe I'll get a picture.......sometime!  She's such an independent little gal and had to stay while mom went for medical tests so we didn't want to get her worked into a tizzy!


Thanks!


Kay

Gloriasews's picture

(post #31218, reply #27 of 49)

That's too bad that she wouldn't try it on, but at least she likes it.  Do you have enough hem on it to lengthen it when she grows, or enough scraps left to add another strip on the bottom?  We'll wait patiently for the pic :) - she'll eventually model it for you, so don't fret about it.

MarikaD's picture

(post #31218, reply #28 of 49)

Hello - I was wondering how it went - with your grand daughter and the cute dress?


Marika

Crazy K's picture

(post #31218, reply #29 of 49)

Well, she likes it but wanted no part of trying on or modeling........hopefully, Mom will have her wear it when I get to see her sometime!!  We don't see them too often.......:-(   I did hold the dress up and it looked like it was the right length........maybe just a tad shorter than I hoped but still o.k. 


Thanks for asking!


Kay

Crazy K's picture

(post #31218, reply #30 of 49)

I ended up making a pair of shorts.........she's not quite lady-like enough yet to be trusted without something matching under her dress!!


I didn't have enough fabric so I searched my stash......came up with blue cotton jersey knit w/lycra........doesn't match the gree at all but it is the same as the one tone of blue........it will have to do!


Thanks for looking!  I posted the dress again......just for viewing convenience....not for an ego-kick! ha ha


Kay

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MarikaD's picture

(post #31218, reply #31 of 49)

Sounds just like my granddaughter - a few years ago.  Thank goodness for photographs!  


 Over here in Oz, girls often wear leggings under dresses. My granddaughter, now 9,  has on occasion had  dresses one year that were a reasonable length and the next they were like a shirt with more and more of the leggings showing. I depends on the style and which direction she was growing - out or up, and how much she liked them.


If you have any fabric left, have you thought of a matching dolls dress?


Marika

Crazy K's picture

(post #31218, reply #32 of 49)

Matching doll dress......that would be cute.  Lil' Miss Taylor is such a tomboy, I really don't know if she's playing with dolls yet!!  I'm sure she will.....but by that time, will the dress still fit her???????  I haven't seen any dolls so if she has them, they stay home when she visits ....and I would have no idea what size.  Mom doesn't sew (not a stitch) so asking her about sizes is nearly like asking DH!! ha ha  I would get an 'Oh, about sooooo big'.........answer!!


I do hope I get a picture of her wearing her dress.....or maybe SEE her wearing her dress...............we don't see them too often.......they're not that far away but busy folks so visits aren't all that frequent.


Thanks for the nice comments.......from everyone! 


Kay

Gloriasews's picture

(post #31218, reply #33 of 49)

That was an excellent match - you did a great job on the shorts, as usual, too.

Crazy K's picture

(post #31218, reply #34 of 49)

Thank you!


Kay

ThreadKoe's picture

(post #31218, reply #35 of 49)

I really like the blue shorts with the green, a real kick of colour if she "shows her shorts." :) Cathy