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Hi everyone! I hope you've been enjoying a great Summer. I'm joining you here today with some Winter sewing, even though a pair of bright yellow sandals may suggest otherwise.
A few years ago, I launched the Tinny pattern, a vintage style dress with several skirt, sleeve, and collar options, for girls between 1 and 6. A few months ago, I took it offline so that I could update it. The new version, which is set to launch in a few weeks, will have plenty more options, more sizes (up to 12y) and a few interesting technical features. I took this month's Miss Matatabi Makers post as an opportunity to test a few options.
This dress features the butterfly collar, the gathered skirt, and one new option: the puff sleeves. The puff sleeves have a little pleat at the hem, which I decorated with a tiny satin bow.
But much more interesting than the pattern, is the fabric I used. I fell in love with this deep blue crepe as soon as I spotted it in Frances' shop, but I was also a bit apprehensive to work with it. I associated crepe with qualities like very thin, stretchy, and therefore difficult to work with. Frances convinced me to give it a try anyway, and shipped some navy blue lawn with it just in case.
And I'm so happy that Frances sent the crepe. This fabric is a bit heavier than the crepes I'm used to petting in my local fabric store, and this made it just as easy to work with as a simple quilting cotton. The lawn is great quality too, and came in handy to line the bodice.
Those who follow my blog may be a bit surprised about the classic style of the dress. It's a bit different from the happy colorful stuff I normally make indeed. Well, this dress fulfills a long-time dream of my daughter: to have a dress like the one the main character is wearing in one of her favorite books, "Tiny gets a calendar". While both dresses are not identical, she loves her new dress! Now that she has the dress, I bet she'll start nagging for some cool white ankle boots 😉
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