Pattern Tip

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Have you found a basic pattern that you just love and want to make one in every color? That's how I feel about the pattern I used for the popular green striped dress. (By the way, thanks for all the great comments!)

The problem is, how boring would it be to make the same pattern over and over. Your wardrobe wouldn't be very fun. Here's my tip of the day: Go ahead and use that same great fitting pattern but just make some small variations. Embellish it or change a feature.

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To change up this pattern I added this fun pocket and put on a heart. The girl adores hearts. I also omitted the elastic empire waist.

Oh, and did I mention I am using up my stash? This pink piece of fabric wasn't quite large enough for the dress. No worries. I think this works just fine.

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And with leggings to match, what more could a girl want?

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These were super easy leggings. I used the LBB pattern. I finished the bottom with a rolled hem and added some elastic up the side on the bottom. Quick, easy, cute, comfy.

And, in case you forgot what the green dress looked like…

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Can you tell those are from the same pattern? What is your favorite way to embellish a pattern?

Linked HERE


  1. says

    They look great – I’m just starting with kids clothes, but I’ve already played around with simply making the same shorts in different weights of fabric and with and without applique etc, and it’s amazing how different they can look!
    I’m loving the echino fabrics with the patterned stripes (helicopters etc), as they lend an entirely different look to a straightforward plain or patterned fabric.

  2. says

    That is such a cute dress – both versions! The pattern book looks interesting, I haven’t seen it before but I’m veeeery tempted as I’m trying to sew more knits clothes for my daughter now I have an overlocker. I’ve just churned out a bunch of leggings and ultra-fine merino tops for our winter and I love your idea for the leggings – it’d make them even faster to do!

  3. says

    So cute! I love the leggings with it. I once had a perfect pattern for shorts that fit me so well I must have made 6 pairs in different fabrics. I have no problem re-using great patterns.
    Thanks for linking up to Finished for Friday!

  4. says

    Oh, this turned out beautifully! She’s so cute. This looks like it could be in a catalog — both photos side by side. Great job!!

  5. says

    Yes, I have run into those patterns that I have made over and over :). You did such a fantastic job. Thanks so much for linking to Fabric Fun Thursday-I hope to see many more of your fun creations.

  6. says

    So stinking cute! I love it.
    I would love for you to link up this, and any other great gifty idea you have at my Christmas in July linky party.
    Hope to see your cute stuff there.

  7. says

    Very, very cute! Thanks for sharing at It’s Party Time Thursday@PonyTails&FishScales!
    I myself am partial to little girl dresses….I love making my girls’ dresses and they love wearing them!

  8. Pam Barritt says

    Hi there, I am trying to chase down the pattern and the book you link to is sold out from Pompadour on Etsy – one of my favourite shops by the way – so would you be able to name the title of the book so that I could locate it elsewhere. Thanks, Pam in Australia

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