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A project for the family!

Added Oct 26, 2012

by The Tropical...

Singapore, Singa...






For whatever serendipitous reason, everything came together on this project, even though I did no planning.

I found the fabric – strawberries! in an adult print! – at the local fabric district while running around doing errands. I was completely enchanted and completely indulgent – I bought 4 yards of it.

Then with no idea of what to do with quite so much fabric, I started by drafting a playsuit for myself, based on an existing one in my wardrobe. My draw-around-the-garment skills must be non-existent though, because the fit was awful! Tight in the crotch. Tight in the waist (though I added 2in to the original). Too short in the waist (though I added 3in to the original).


That explains the lack of pics of my suit.

Well, with oodles of fabric left over, I decided to make a dress for the big girl. That led to a top for the little girl.

And then I saw the Groupon advert for a nice little cheapie photo shoot.

And that was that!

Material Notes

4 yards of a really lovely light cotton voile for 3 garments. I have about 1/2 yard left over.

Patterns used were:
- Big girl: Burda mag 5/2012 #148 Children’s Dress
- Little girl: Burda mag 7/2011 #143 Girls’ Blouse
- Mine: self-drafted


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    Oct 30, 2012, 09.39 PMby groovymama

    Oh, wow, Deborah – you can pull off both cute and Darth Vader!!! And those girls – they make my heart melt. Once again you’ve done an amazing job!

    Hugs, Trine

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      Nov 2, 2012, 12.30 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Thank you for your kind words! You’re right about Darth being different from this…that may be why I’m hiding behind everyone in the photos!

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    Oct 29, 2012, 07.38 PMby memoryseed

    SOOOO CUTE!!! I love all the dresses! I need to try my hand sewing for little girls… We finally had another niece recently.. :) Glad to see you back Deb!

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      Nov 2, 2012, 12.29 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Oh yes do! Sewing for kids is much more fiddly than sewing for adults because everything is so small, and the ruffles on girly clothes are SO tedious. But the results are worth it!

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    Oct 29, 2012, 05.50 PMby madebymeg

    adorable! great family pic without being too matchy-matchy

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      Nov 1, 2012, 10.57 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      I was so afraid of the matchy-matchy! I think making different things for each person worked some, and the Man flatly refusing to wear strawberries worked in favour too!

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    Oct 28, 2012, 11.38 PMby Ruffles Gazebo

    ah this is so lovely __ great work! you all look so beautiful!

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    Oct 28, 2012, 11.18 AMby aggelicat .)

    You are right, everything turned out great and it seems like a perfect day :)

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      Nov 1, 2012, 10.50 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Thank you! It was the evening of a very hot day so we are flushed and warm – it turned out nice for the picture though!

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    Oct 28, 2012, 04.29 AMby smallone

    OMG love it! My niece is now 18 months so will start to look for patterns to sew for her. How old is your youngest as i love that top you made…actually I love it all!

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      Oct 31, 2012, 10.05 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      She was about 20 months old in the picture, though small for her age, being asian and all. I had to grade the pattern down quite a few sizes.
      It’s ok if you make childrens’ garments bigger though, so she’ll be able to wear it for longer!

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    Oct 28, 2012, 01.54 AMby schnui

    These photos of your family are just so beautiful and the outfits for yourself and your girls so cute. The strawberry fabric is lovely!

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      Oct 31, 2012, 10.02 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Thank you! I’m so happy I stumbled upon the fabric – at $11/yard it wasn’t awfully cheap, and I’m happy it turned out well!

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    Oct 27, 2012, 02.53 PMby omgdora

    I love the girls’ dress and top and the girls themselves are wonderful models! I’m dying from the cuteness!

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    Oct 27, 2012, 11.45 AMby nahoko

    lovely project and wonderful picture!

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      Oct 30, 2012, 09.04 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      thank you! it was a project that grew by itself!

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    Oct 27, 2012, 08.25 AMby Mary Athey

    Totally fabulous darling!!! you have a lovely family and everything you mades fab!! i love the little girls dresses. they.re gorgeous xx

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      Oct 29, 2012, 10.03 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      thanks! i’m showing only the good pics of course :) no close-ups where you see the mistakes!!

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    Oct 27, 2012, 04.10 AMby RedDynamica

    that is just to cute!

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      Oct 29, 2012, 01.44 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Thank you! I don’t often do cute, but this one turned out ok!

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    Oct 27, 2012, 12.59 AMby skeeler

    So wonderful!!

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    Oct 27, 2012, 12.43 AMby bethmaryharley

    So cute! I am always very jealous of kids clothes (!) because they’re always made with beautiful material, so it’s great you got in one the act too! Even happier to discover there’s a fabric DISTRICT in Singapore – we should be moving there next year – I can’t wait to explore! :)

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      Oct 29, 2012, 01.41 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Thank you! I make kids’ clothes for the same reason – an excuse to use fabrics that I can’t pull off myself! And yes…there is a district…though quite small and not all the fabric shops are located there. Not very much like the ones in other cities. There’s some good stuff to be had though…contact me when you get here, and I’ll tell you all about it! Welcome in advance!

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      Oct 29, 2012, 06.25 AMby bethmaryharley

      Ha ha! I can’t wait to have kids for this reason! I saw some amazing fabric with penguins on the other day and was SO tempted to make a top with it… Luckily I have no control, so I am making it today and will soon be looking crazy! Thank you so much for the offer! I will definitely be taking you up on it when we do move! Very excited! :) And if you ever make a trip to Tokyo, I’d love to return the favour!

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      Oct 29, 2012, 09.42 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Ooh i love crazy prints! I’m so happy that prints are in this season, so I won’t be the only wacky looking person around! People dress very boringly in these parts. We must meet up when you arrive and have settled in!

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      Oct 30, 2012, 01.43 AMby bethmaryharley

      Definitely! Not too sure exactly when that’ll be (maybe early spring?), but we must certainly wear our brightest, craziest clothes when we do! :)

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      Oct 30, 2012, 09.03 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Oh my yes! That would be grand. Let me know!

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      Oct 31, 2012, 01.44 AMby bethmaryharley

      Yay! Excited about moving now! :)

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