Daily Archives: December 27, 2013

Christmas dress for Harper

This little summer frock is my own design. I’ve made a similar one for Miss Two in the past and it was an absolute winner. I use elastic inside the shoulder straps to create the crumpled look as well as to improve the fit by keeping the dress firmly up. The high waist also looks super cute on little girls.


The dress can actually slip over the head without any closures. However, I put an invisible zip in the back and two little pleats in the bodice back to prolong its life and create a closer fitting bodice. So as Miss very-nearly-four gets bigger, we can use the zip and then eventually release the pleats. 

The fabric is a gorgeously soft Japanese double gauze cotton from Tessuti Fabrics. I really wouldn’t have known what this meant in the past. But now I realise that it is two very fine layers of fabric laying together. It feels a little like very light and soft flannelette. It is a really beautiful fabric for children and the print is so pretty.

Smocked frock

Miss very-nearly-Four had a moment of despair when no dresses could be found in her wardrobe, so we delved into one of my treasure chests for a bit of distraction. And just look at what we found!


No, I didn’t make this beautiful little dress. It is a wonderful old hand-smocked frock given to me by my mother-in-law a little while back. Just look at all the hard work that has gone into the smocking and French seams throughout. As you can see there was a little existing damage I will need to repair, but I only noticed this once I was dressing Harper, and at that point, I was unable to back out…


 It’s probably more than 30 years old but it looks like this little frock is going to clothe another generation. My little girl was immediately smitten with it. Needless to say, she also got a lot of attention whilst out on our walk to the shops yesterday.