the shirt/dress on her back

I recently made a dress for Tilly. It was a kooky pattern I borrowed from my friend Ali, a design by Denise Knapp of Whimsy Couture which was basically measurements and cut outs… although I'm not really a good enough sewer to cope without a proper pattern!



When I'd finished it though, it was so darn cute, I tried it on. 


(No, I do not iron.)

This is not actually it. This is the second one I made with a slightly bigger neck and armholes. However, as I'm neither a particularly good sewer OR good at maths, this one worked out pretty much the same size as the dress. Which is a little small under the arms. 

What the heck, I really like it. It's cheerful. It's not black or grey. It's my favourite birdy fabric of all time. 



I discussed with Tilly my deep deep fear of mother/daughter matchy matchy and how I thought we should send her version of the dress/shirt to her friend Emily as a late birthday present and I would make her one out of different fabric. 

She agreed cheerfully, she thought Em would love the dress, and how about she just put it on for a minute and we take a photo of matchy matchy just for fun. 



Completely coincidentally, my friend Jo has been making peasant blouses too. 

'Cept hers looks like they'd actually fit.

So I am now off to buy Simplicity pattern 3835. 

And to make another dress for Tilly.



14 Comments on “the shirt/dress on her back

green ink
March 29, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Mother and daughter matchy matchy – very cute!

My parents sometimes used to dress all four of us matchy matchy when we were little. There are some very embarrassing pictures in the archives. Especially the ones of 5 year old me with a mullet!! It was the 80s though, that’s my excuse.

The bird fabric is so sweet. I can only mend holes in stockings and jeans, so you’re one up on me πŸ˜€ xx

March 29, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I love the fabric – it’s so cute. And the blouse looks really pretty. x

March 29, 2011 at 10:27 pm

The bird fabric is adorable! I love that you and your daughter match…so very sweet.

March 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm

aw I love the last photo – and I reckon it looks so great. Go the birds. I give it my great big thumbs up!

March 29, 2011 at 11:02 pm

That is cute – did you end up sending it on or decide to keep it for another day when it is fun to match each other?
I often look at Charlotte’s clothes and think “I wish I had a machine that could enlarge/shrink her clothes to my size and back as I wanted”. Her clothes are so often a much more suitable shape for my …mmm… shape than the clothes I can find in the shops!

March 29, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Luuurrve that print! I’m a huge fan of the cap sleeve too, very flattering on my, ahem, rather untoned arms.

March 30, 2011 at 6:22 am

Oh. Too. Darn. Cute.

Love it — even the matchy matchy! Great work!

March 30, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Gorgeous little dress – well done! Looking forward to seeing the results from the ‘real’ pattern.

March 30, 2011 at 11:06 pm

So amazing we had a ‘snap’ moment this week! Love the birdies, I’m actually making Mia a dress in which I’ve managed to get a bird in too, so double snap πŸ™‚

Had a think about showing the peasant top on – will get my act together and post some pics soon. Lovely to talk today x

March 31, 2011 at 11:17 pm

You guys do fabulous matchy-matchy, unironed and all!

April 1, 2011 at 8:01 am

So, the top you are wearing (which is adorable) is actually Tilly’s dress, no?

Either way, I love both the dress and the blouse.

April 1, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I ADORE that top/dress. I’m wondering if my terrible sewing skills to manage one out of my precious piece of birdy fabric since I have recently had to give up all hope of another girl baby to sew birdy dresses for…. hmm… am I brave enough I wonder…maybe next summer when the baby sleeps… if the baby sleeps…

April 1, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I LOVE the mother/daughter matchy matchy πŸ˜‰

If you havn’t already posted the dress, Please please head out on the town together matchy matchy. I reckon it would be worth it just to see the looks. Go on, I dare you πŸ˜‰

April 2, 2011 at 4:30 am

I say embrace the matching outfits!! You two could not look cuter!


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