This is one of my favourite makes so far, I really love the pattern and it has a really 70’s vibe to it.
It’s a fairly simple dress, comprising of a lined bodice with a cute pointed collar, little cap sleeves edged in co-ordinating bias binding, and a pleated skirt.
The dress doesn’t have a separate opening, so no tricky zips, instead it fastens at the neck with a button strap. in the design, the strap is fastened at the bottom of the neck opening just above the waistline seam, but I found that this was little bit too low so I added some more buttons higher up. I’ve left the original buttons on, so when she’s older I can move the fastening strap down and hopefully it will still fit.
The fabric was a great find – I think it’s hard to come by now but the design is called Market to Market in Apples Retro and it’s by Robert Kaufman. I was lucky enough to find a bolt end that was about 90cm, so just enough to make this lovely dress.
I think the style is great for little ones, and the colours are summery, but will work in autumn too. I think it will look totally awesome with some denim leggings for the autumn!
I found the pattern online via Etsy, it’s a great downloadable pdf pattern by Yeppar called The Hannah Dress. Yeppar includes a step-by-step tutorial so it’s super easy to make the dress. I plan on making a slight alteration to the fastening, I think it would work really well with a small zip at the base of the collar, or altered so that the front overlaps and fastens with poppers or buttons.
Here’s pickle wearing it! (Apologies for the poor quality)