Little Girl Dresses — 1970s Style

Here are two more versions of the 1970s Simplicity pattern (#8429).¬† This dress is easy to put together, but I always obsess over the details — like deciding where to place the pattern pieces on the fabric to make the coloring (tie dye dress) or the design (elephant dress) just the way I want it.¬† On the elephant dress, I changed the width of the tiers and added an applique piece to the yoke in order to feature the various borders from the bedspread.¬† This arranging of the pattern pieces is something I spend a lot of time on, but it’s sort of like working on a puzzle, and I really enjoy it.

When I first moved to Seattle in the early 1970s, I made most of my clothes out of fabrics just like this.  I wish I still had some of those outfits.

A couple of people have wondered who is receiving these little dresses.¬† A few are made for my niece’s daughter, Marjorie, but the rest go to a local thrift store (Bellevue Life Spring at the Bellevue Square Mall), where all of their profits are used to assist low-income families in our city.¬† They also give the families vouchers to purchase articles at the shop.¬†¬† I often go shopping with my sister Sally (Marjorie’s grandmother), where we select fabrics for both Marjorie dresses and thrift shop dresses.¬† She pays and I sew — it’s a happy arrangement.


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