the pinwheel dress for vintage may

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the pinwheel dress for vintage mayThis post is part of the Vintage May series at Craftiness is Not Optional and Skirt as Top.

I adore Jess from Craftiness is Not Optional (the first time we worked together was oh so looooong ago when we both reached 1000 Google Followers- haha!). I also love the blog Skirt As Top and its lovely author, Kristin. So the Vintage May series that these two amazing ladies co-hostess is, of course, just fabulous!

vintage dress for vintage mayAnd I am thrilled to be participating!

vintage simplicity patternI used a vintage Simplicity pattern to whip up this little dress for Piper Jane.

the pinwheel dress by kojodesignsWe’re calling it the Pinwheel Dress because of the fabulous pinwheel fabric (from the Children at Play line by Sarah Jane).

vintage dress for vintage mayI should say- this was my first time sewing from a vintage pattern (I know, right?). I love the dress, love the pattern, really love the level of ‘finish’ that the pattern provides… but whoa- vintage patterns assume much more sewing knowledge than the PDF patterns that I’ve grown accustomed to!

vintage girls dress for vintage mayThat said, I am hooked- I already ordered another vintage pattern (on etsy) to try out this summer, in fact!

vintage may dressThanks for giving me the jump start necessary to try something new (ok, old), Jess and Kristin! And Happy Vintage May, friends!

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  1. That dress and your little girl- both gorgeous! ๐Ÿ™‚ great job! I am always intimidated by vintage patterns because of the sizing and the fit- I tried to make overalls for my bubba and they were huge! Ha

    1. What a sweet comment- thanks Karla! And, yep, vintage patterns are definitely intimidating! You’ll notice that the dress is a little big on Pi as well… though, I think in women’s sizing, it’s the opposite. Funny to try to figure out, for sure!
      But then it works out and it totally worth it, so there’s that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. holy adorable! the dress AND girl. (when did she get so big??? those pigtails KILL me! she is beautiful.)

    i’ve always wanted to try a pattern too, but they intimidate me. i know my mom has a bunch from when we were little…i should go check out her stash.

    1. Dayna, right? When DO they get so big?
      And YES, go thumb through your mom’s stash immediately! I bet there are some gems in there! ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe an ice cream-ish dress for the sprinkle party? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thanks Tiffany! I bet she and Mia would be a DISASTER together (a Piper initiated disaster, most likely). T-rouble! Every time I see pictures of Mia I think about how similar those girls look (they even seem to have similar spunk!). ๐Ÿ™‚ Wouldn’t it be fun to get them together someday? Do you guys need a Colorado vacay? You could stay here! ๐Ÿ™‚ Think about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Oh my cuteness! Seriously – the dress, the pigtails, the dripping ice cream cone – it’s all perfect! If only I could sew from a pattern, I would be making one of those adorable dresses for Hannah right now. I agree with you that they assume a lot when they give you directions on those things. Great job, Kirstin!

    1. Thanks Nicole! I think you could do it! I was laughing- each step was equivalent to three or four steps in the patterns I normally use. It took a little figuring, but came together pretty quickly. And ohmygoodness, how cute would Miss Hannah be in little vintage dresses? ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for the sweet comment!

    1. Thanks Delia- the piggies kill me too! It took Piper SO looooooong to get hair that I love it even more I think. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Loved your bonnet btw!

    1. Thanks Erin! I love the shape of the dress too- it’s a wider A-line than most of the dresses in her closet and so great! I do wish I would’ve shortened a little- next time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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