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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A pinafore and blouse from a 1981 pattern

When Jodi from Sew Fine Fabric contacted me to ask if I would like to try out some of her fabric for a project, I was like " Ummmm... YES!!!
So I made a pinafore and matching Peter Pan collar blouse with the fabric she sent me.
 I totally love this logo!
So cute.
But seriously, the fabrics over there are organic and also very stylish.
A winning combination.
I couldn't decide what to use so I asked her to just send me something she liked.

She sent me Peacock Paisley and Lotus Blossom, both organic fabrics by the designer Monaluna.
I really like them both!
I thought it would be fun to try these more modern fabrics in a traditional style.
I was curious to see how that might look.
 So I used this pattern from 1981 by McCall's I had in my stash.
I have been sort of obsessed with this classic pinafore style lately and have been working on  a few versions myself, trying to make what i consider the perfect pinafore.
This one is close and a very typical style of the pinafore from the 70's. I think I had a dress like this myself.
 But my favorite little girls pinafore is a 40's version.
 This pinafore style is a jumper and can either be worn with a blouse or without one, as shown on the pattern cover. But little girls don't seem to wear these pinafores without shirts anymore. I think it would be cute with a tank top under it too.
Strangely, a lot of modern patterns for girls have longer hemlines and are actually more modest than some of the vintage styles.
I like to see knees! Little knees are so cute.
 We found these shoes by Primigi up in her shoe basket.
I bought then at the thrift shop but they weren't really Gigi's style.
She's more of a Converse and Crocs girl but she agreed to wear these for "the picture".
What a great model she is!
 She is turning into such a ham for the camera! She thought up all these poses.

I love this shot. It was about 7:30 in the morning and I could not see this ray of sun through my camera lens.

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  1. Hi Amy. Its just some bias tape on the ruffles.Its easy plus I didn't have to hem it.

  2. Adorable!!! I love ,love the pattern and the fabric. and Gigi is such a sweet /pretty model..

  3. So cute! The model is adorable. I also like when little knees are shown. I need to start making more pinafores, I love them, they are so cute on little kids.

  4. This is super sweet, Justine! Gigi is really growing up! That blouse pinafore combo is so pretty, and I really like your fabric placement and use of bias.

  5. So pretty! I love the dress and I am in love with the fabrics you chose!

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  7. Wow, your photographs are so nice and capture your daughter and her outfit so well. They look like they could be right out of a magazine.

  8. I'm obsessed with vintage patterns and pinafores for my granddaughters! Love this!

  9. What a lovely outfit :) This pinni looks very sweet with the shirt. The shirt can be warm with so many things, too :) The fabrics are fun :) Having a little girl who would do anything to get out of a photo-shoot I am jealous of your little one's posing abilities :)

  10. Incredibly pretty! Great job! Your little one makes me smile since she is so cute!

  11. That fabric is so pretty and I love the pattern! Your model is just so dern cute! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  12. Such an adorable dress with really cute fabric! Love it!

  13. and I still have that pattern! Thanks for showing me what it would look like in a more modern day fabric. enJOYed

  14. Love the vintage outfits you made, Justine! It reminds me of my childhood dresses too :)


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