Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sewing a Vintage Dress for a Child

Opinions from my blogging friends needed

If this post does not open up completely (where you can see the hat) click on the title. I'm not sure why this post has a problem opening. ???

This and another piece of vintage fabric was used as the gift wrap for a giveaway prize which I won from Jeanette...

My goal is to incorporate the vintage hat, and the small pieces of fabric into a suitable dress design. I'll need a pattern in a size 5T - 6.

This is an adult woman's hat with a very small brim. 1940's?? I think the bow was worn in the front.

The fabric pieces are large enough to make a child size collar or yoke, but additional contrasting fabric will be needed for the main dress panels.


This is all I've come up with thus far........a hat.....and a yoke.

(I need help from my blogging friends)
I'm trying to find a pattern suitable in a child size 5-6 and appropriate coordinating fabric which will work with this idea.
Any ideas will be appreciated! Time is clicking by....... I need to come up with something soon........ any ideas or thoughts will be appreciated. :-)


  1. Some sites for you to check out -,vintage-patterns-girls,1470477.html

    Good Luck!! Please keep us posted. Adorable hat and fabric btw. Thank you.

  2. I don't have a suggestion because I don't sew, but LOVE the combo of that hat and linen! Gorgeous!

  3. Glenna
    hmmmmm.... That hat screams pinafore dress! LOL
    But, alas, that fabric piece I wrapped your gifty in isn't enough. I kept the other piece and had envisioned putting it on an apron, or tote bag, but I haven't done anything with mine either! LOL Who knows, if I remain uninspired, it may go out in another giveaway! sigh....

  4. I used to the dress and the hat! Just dropped by from SITS to say hi; hope you'll do the same.

  5. I wish I could help, but I don't sew either! Beautiful though!


  6. Could you do some type of apron dress and do some sort of applique with this fabric on the apron? I would have to see the fabric in person to have some suggestions for coordinating fabric for you. I have to come your way on Monday.... would you like me to stop by?

  7. HI Glenna,

    I wish I could say I was quite crafty and that I have tons of ideas & links to share...but the truth is I'm stopping by from SITS and I am sewing & craft-impaired. Seriously. I can barely sew a button on and I'm completely missing that gene. But I think your blog is great and I just wanted to pop in and say hello since I saw you on roll call. I hope you're having a lovely weekend!
    Good luck with the pattern and the dress--the hat is gorgeous!

  8. LOVELY!! I am going to have to think on it though. For some reason when I saw it I thought of "Pollyanna" and the dresses that they wore in that movie. I know that Vouge has some vintage patterns, have you looked there?

  9. Stopping by from SITS! I have no clue, I don't sew, but the hat and fabric are pretty neat! Hope you find what you are looking for :)

  10. Thanks for giving me so ideas. Love my blogging sisters!

  11. I'd use the yoke fabric and Tea dye some cotton, muslin or linen to make a simple shift dress - then as mentioned above add a white pinnafore with some hand embroidery. Just darling hat. I do think the bow is worn in the back however. :o) Sandie

  12. I'm hopeless at all things sewing, but I am curious as to where you found the hat? It is pretty awesome!

    Stopping in from SITS.

  13. i loveeee!!!!!


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