Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pattern Bustin': Puppet Show Dress

Somehow, the last few years slipped by and I never made the Puppet Show Dress/Tunic.  Inspired by a friend who started a pattern bust (and has successfully completed it!) I pulled out the pattern and made one for BK.

Puppet Show Dress
Oliver + S Puppet Show Dress
Size 5
I used a pink and brown houndstooth print that I purchased from Girl Charlee at the beginning of the year.  None of the woven browns in my fabric stash matched so I picked up a men's dress shirt from the thrift store to do the sleeve cuffs, collar, and piping.
Puppet Show Dress

 The buttons on the back are wooden and sewn on with a very light pink thread.

Puppet Show Dress
I'll be honest, I wasn't so thrilled with the dress when I was mostly done sewing it on Tuesday.  It was just okay.  But after I sewed the buttons on and 'styled' BK for the photo shoot today, I fell in love!
Puppet Show Dress
Thank Goodness I sewed it up before BK outgrew the pattern.:)

31 comments:

  1. this is classic and gorgeous, and very impressive with how well you matched up the pattern; a perfect school dress that will also look adorable with leggings and a cardigan for the winter.

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    1. Thank you, Brenda! I was pleased with how well the print matched up.:)

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  2. Love the yolk edged with brown piping and the little puffy sleeves.

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  3. She looks adorable! A perfect dress for fall! I bought the same pattern as a pdf over the summer, now I really want to give it a try.

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  4. This is so adorable. It reminds me of a vintage pattern I have in my collection from the forties.

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  5. This is so adorable! (And apparently I'm not the only one who thinks so). The collar, cuffs and piping are really great.

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  6. going to a thrift store to buy a man's shirt for fabric was a great tip ~ I'll have to remember that one :)

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  7. I love it, Cindy! It's adorable on her.

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  8. I've always loved this pattern and I too have never made it!! Great idea to do some pattern stash busting - I find I remake the same patterns over and again .
    Love this version Cindy - it's very sweet.

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  9. It has such a vintage flair with this fabric and her socks and shoes. I just love what you did with it!

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    1. Thank you, Liesl! I'm going to be so sad when my younger girls outgrow your patterns. Ever thought about designing for the teen set?;)

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    1. :) She was so happy to go pose for pictures...unlike another young girl in my family!

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  11. I love classic children's clothes in "grown-up" fabrics, they make me feel a bit nostalgic... BK looks timeless and very chic in this! DD would never wear this sadly, not enough bright colors in there :-(

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    1. Thank you, Uta! I had purchased the fabric at a sale and really had no clue what to do with it. I think the Puppet Show dress was the perfect pattern for the houndstooth!

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  12. Love love this dress. She looks darling!

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  13. So lovely! I love the combination of the fabrics!

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    1. Thank you! BK loves the dress...I can see it getting a lot of wear this fall.:)

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  14. How did I miss this post?! I love, love love it!! I wouldn't have picked this fabric for the pattern, but it just works so well. And she looks absolutely adorable in it!

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  15. This is wonderful and you did an amazing job with it. I sewed it a while back and remember how difficult it was to get the back seams lined up, and there you go and line them up perfectly, and the fabric print matches perfectly too. That must have been very time-consuming fussy cutting!! Very impressive sewing :-) and BK looks gorgeous in it.

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  16. I think the buttons make it for me. I liked it, but than I saw the back shot and REALLY liked it.

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    1. Thank you, Rachel! The back buttons are wooden ones that were part of a bulk purchase I made a while back.

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  17. Really Great Job on The Piping on the yoke and she looks very Cute with her pigtails and smile... and Yes this dress can go clear into winter with a sweater or even a jacket and slacks.... nice fabric can be found at Thrift stores, Salvation Army, Good Will... I have found Oxford Cloth men's Dress shirts make into nice little shirts etc... love Men's plaid sports shirts... Have to try this dress in a plaid....Hummmmmm...

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  18. Great Job...Love the piping on the Yoke... this dress would also look nice in Plaid.
    I have used Men's Oxford Cloth Shirts for Fabric...If you can find XXL there is lots of Fabric when you get it all cut apart...

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    1. Thank you, Jean! I agree that men's shirts are a great source for fabric. One of my favorite tops I've sewn (an Ice Cream top that's Navy with butterflies on it) was originally a men's shirt. It's fun to browse thrift stores to see what you can find!

      Cindy

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  19. I love this!! Makes me want to buy the pattern right now :) I love that you used a men's shirt - reusing is so satisfying!

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