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Birthday Maisy dress

Added Apr 7, 2013

by The Tropical...

Singapore, Singa...






Little Bub is going through a Maisy Mouse fad that I’m not doing much to discourage since Maisy seems innocuous enough (it could be much worse – like Bratz dolls! Teletubbies! shudder…).

I wanted to surprise her with a Maisy dress for her birthday, so I tried to rustle up some fabric. Unfortunately all that’s on the market is Japanese cotton-canvas stuff, and while there is a pretty wide range of super adorable prints, the weight is really more suited to bags or upholstery, both of which a small girl has little use for.

So against my better instincts, I made the soft canvas into a dress. The design is simple enough, I just left off the collar and sleeves, and gathered the skirt into the bodice all around instead of doing pleats. There wasn’t nearly enough fabric (ok I was a big cheapskate – but oh my it was expensive!), so I made a little ruffled hem to add some length.

It didn’t turn out perfect, and the bodice seams don’t match exactly at the front, but the Little Bub was pleased as pleased, and it is such a cheerful colour! The other mums at her Sunday School class like it too, and I didn’t tell them it was made from cushion-cover fabric :)

Material Notes

cotton-canvas, medium weight (NOT advisable really!)
Kam snaps
cotton poplin for the frill and bias binding




Garment Type

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    Jul 18, 2013, 04.01 PMby marlalalalere

    Mimi la souris!!!!! Yep! that’s her name in french! nice dress for a cute model

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    Apr 13, 2013, 07.44 AMby Mary Athey

    lol i’m the same. i got two big bags of fabric yesterday, one plain and the other patterned plus 100 sewing needles and a gadjet to make binding. i was so happy lol. my fabrics in plastic see through boxes under my stairs and also i’ve a spare room with loads in. i’ve made some new dresses and tops recently so i’ll put a photo in of some of my stash lol. i won money at the bingo last week amd i was buying fabric in my ebay app before i even got home hahaha x

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      Apr 15, 2013, 08.38 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      oh wow! Christmas came early :) congrats on the bingo! my hubs says my stash takes up more space in the house than the people do…and there’s more fabric in hidden places that he doesn’t even know about lolol!

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      Apr 15, 2013, 10.01 AMby Mary Athey

      we’re the same then lol. i can’t resist beautiful fabric. could you imagine me going somewhere like china, i’d go mad for the fabulous silks etc. my idea of heavens finding a market that sells fabric or a shop while i’m on holiday lol x

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      Apr 19, 2013, 05.20 PMby The Tropical Sewist

      Oh then you must come to Asia! China Hong Kong and Seoul and Thailand. You’ll be shipping boxes home to yourself! Though I know the US girls are really lucky when it comes to fabric too!

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    Apr 8, 2013, 08.31 AMby KitCat59

    Absolutely adorable! I love it.

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    Apr 7, 2013, 10.25 PMby Mary Athey

    oh my my my!! don’t sell yourself short. (no pun intended on your cheapskate habits lol). i think you did a fabulous job. the dress is just gorgeous and the fabrics just lovely xx

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      Apr 10, 2013, 10.48 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      aw, thanks (blush) it was the fabric that caught me – isn’t that always the case :)

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      Apr 10, 2013, 11.02 AMby Mary Athey

      i’m like a child at christmas when the postman leaves me a bag of fabric lol. i order mostly from ebay so i order lots in one go. then i picture what to make with it all and then it sits for ages in my massive stash lol x

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      Apr 13, 2013, 04.35 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      I’d like to see your stash! Mine overflows out of a whole wardrobe :(( I have more fabric than I’ll sew in my life I think!

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    Apr 7, 2013, 09.30 PMby liliv-1

    It’s lovely!

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    Apr 7, 2013, 07.52 PMby fashionfreek

    Sew cute.x

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    Apr 7, 2013, 05.19 PMby skeeler

    Little Bub is adorable! (and so is her outfit…)

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      Apr 10, 2013, 10.43 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Aw, thanks! I think she is more adorable than the outfit but probably I’m biased :)

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