Tuesday, March 9, 2010


McCall's Pattern #3531
Material:  Vintage fabric

I lovingly refer to this dress as the "Half Pint" Dress.  When my little girl is wearing this one ... you can't help but picure Laura Ingalls running around in bare feet along a flowering meadow.  Side note:  Did you ever notice how the youngest little girl, Carrie, just seemed to sit in her small chair every episode and make wierd noises -- that was all she seemed capable of doing.   If only I could get paid to sit in a chair with food in front of me and make unintelligeable remarks. 

Anyhow, this was the first pinafore I have ever attempted, and it was a lot of fun to make.  I love how a pattern is like a 3-D puzzle, and even if you did not take Home-Ec in highschool because the teacher scared you to death (more on that another day), if you follow the instructions -- in the end you will most likely have something that at least looks like the picture on the front of the package.  It's magic!  It is always disheartening to spend a fortune on gorgeous fabric, experiement and find yourself the murderer of a perfectly innocent piece of cloth.  However, when you find fabric for pennies and can make it metamorphize into something presentable -- it is a thing of joy!

 The buttons were another fun find.  I was at a Good Will one day and noticed an avocado green craft box.  It was filled with buttons -- to the brim!  Small, large, a myriad of colors... There was no price tag on it, so I asked the lady at the cash register how much they would sell it for  ... the reply, "Three dollars."  Whoopie!  I have not had to buy a button in the last few years, and the buttons are precious! 

With warm banana bread wafting through the air, a pot of chili on the stove and a pinafore dress to boot, I am wishing you a day filled with barefoot meadow frolicking!  Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. What a cute dress! I am totally impressed...especially for someone who did not take Home-Ec in high school. How in the world did Mrs. S scare you? Wasn't she one of your best friend's mom? I cannot wait for that post!