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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.
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.
And with leggings to match, what more could a girl want?
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…
Can you tell those are from the same pattern? What is your favorite way to embellish a pattern?
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.
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!
The kangaroo pocket was great. I need to make some dresses for the granddaughters, I’ll look up this book. carol
Andrea @ The Train To Crazy says
Islay- I love that fabric! I bet they make the cutest shorts!
Really cute dresses too – both adaptations!
Super cute dress! I haven’t stepped into the world of clothing making, but this makes me want to start now!!
Larri @ Seams Inspired says
Oh! I’ve been looking for a cute leggings pattern. The dress is ‘sew’ cute! Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :o)
Melissa Howard says
My favorite part is how the grey stripe coordinates – brilliant way to ‘save’ the fabric and still make the dress!!
Adorable! and no, I would not have thought it was the same pattern…clever you!
Looks like such a comfy outfit to wear.
So cute! I love the elastic detail on the leggings. Very clever!
Becky Waldrop says
I love this dress! I need to find that book. Have a great weekend.
Mrs Moen says
That is just adorable!
wow … GREAT model and very nice outfits! Love the gray piece in the back, that matches the leggings – very clever.
Iowa expat says
Love them both! I’m so tempted to buy a serger…
You must have the best dressed little girl in town! Adorable!
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!
this is so adorable..i love it.
Very cute! I like the stripe down the back and the matching leggings.
Bethany @ The Paper Pony says
I LOVE that stripe! Totally makes the whole look!
Dress looks great. i can’t tell that they came from the same pattern. Lucky girl.
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!!
Rita E says
So very creative! And what a living doll … she’s so very cute! Love it!
Oh my goodness… How cute and I love the green dress too!
Thank you for sharing!
Amber @ Paint Chips and Frying Pans says
Very adorable!! I have been using up my stash too, I have more material than I know what to do with.
I really love the green dress but the pink one is just as adorable!
I love the red one!!! What a cool idea, the stripe down the back is my favorite thing about it.
Little lIzard King says
I love Lil’ Blue Boo. Isn’t Ashley amazing? Kudos on your pattern variations. I love them all, and your lil’ model is darling.
Thanks for sharing!
Kaysi @ Keeping It Simple says
That is super cute! What a super cute model too!
Craft Envy says
Too cute! I love both versions of the dress. Thanks for linking up!
i think it’s even cuter with your adjustments… do you make this is grown up sizes? ( -:
Love the dress! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch’s “Sew Cute Tuesday”!
Donene Jones says
Very cute, I love to use my favorite patterns over and over, it is amazing what you can come up with. These dresses are adorable!
Holly L says
Great idea changing it up…the pocket and heart are adorable!
Jessica Hills says
Just wanted to let you know I featured this today on Favorite Things Friday! If you would like a Featured button stop by and pick one up! Thanks!
Kim @ Cheap Chic Home 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.
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.
Very, very cute! Thanks for sharing at It’s Party Time [email protected]&FishScales!
I myself am partial to little girl dresses….I love making my girls’ dresses and they love wearing them!
Tea Rose Home says
Soo cute! You are a truly talented lady. Thank you for sharing this with us!
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