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Little House on the Prairie

Added Feb 10, 2010

by amibambini

London, United K...






Have been working on and off this for ages, finally finished it! Have wanted a smock shirt/dress since summer, so modified a dress pattern (Burda 7739) by drafting a button up shirt bit for the top (the pattern’s shirt style doesn’t actually open, it’s a pretend shirt!), and some top stitched yoke bits for the back and front. It was too loose across the back when I finished so used some left over bias binding to make a tie up for the back.

It’s great for “uh-oh, where did this muffin top come from?” days.

I followed Redoubt’s brilliant Bias Binding how-to for the neck finishing and tie-ups. It’s great to be able to make long bias strips out of a small part of fabric instead of wasting loads by cutting long strips straight across the diagonal, but oh my days, it is quite the faff. I’m quite proud of it but I almost went cross-eyed in the process!

Material Notes

£1 a meter from Ridley Road Market, bargain! Not Dalston Mill (they are actually quite expensive in there), but a Mediterranean looking guy about halfway up on the left, he always has some serious gems in his huge pound-a-meter pile out front, definitely worth a visit for those who love a bargain.



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    Apr 1, 2010, 10.05 AMby andrine94

    It’s so cut and feminine! Love it!!

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    Feb 25, 2010, 08.28 PMby naughtylittlepony

    Wow I love it, so cool. I really like the little gather in the back, that is such a great idea. xx m

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    Feb 23, 2010, 07.07 AMby redoubt

    Oh yay, I’m glad my tutorial was good for you! I love this top! I’m currently obsessing over making something similar, but I have a very limited amount of the fabric, so I have to choose my pattern wisely.

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    Feb 17, 2010, 01.27 PMby sewbissy

    I love how the yoke and empire lines work together! That was such a good idea to add the shirt placket.

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    Feb 17, 2010, 12.01 AMby kelerabeus

    This is amazing, the original pattern is unrecognizable! You did such a good job with modifications and I’m absolutely in love with this, hope you won’t mind if I copy you shamelessly :)

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      Feb 17, 2010, 03.47 PMby amibambini

      Thank you, go right ahead and please do show us the results!

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    Feb 12, 2010, 06.41 PMby jodker

    Such cute sleeves!

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    Feb 11, 2010, 02.40 PMby ichigogirl

    Very nice! I like how you’ve managed to give it shape even though it effectively hides all muffin-top-surprise-attacks, and how you’ve used plaids on the bias as a part of the design in several ways, pretty!

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    Feb 11, 2010, 09.50 AMby jojohl

    Lovely jubbly!

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    Feb 11, 2010, 03.05 AMby Natalia *

    It looks great on you. It must be really rewarding finally finishing a project thats been on-and-off and having it turn out so well. Great job.

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    Feb 10, 2010, 11.50 PMby tiffanyamanda

    I love this!

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    Feb 10, 2010, 11.45 PMby abbyzeeble

    really nice

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    Feb 10, 2010, 10.05 PMby tambasmall

    Super cute and comfortable looking.

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    Feb 10, 2010, 07.07 PMby zickzack

    This is really really nice! Love the fabric and length and it looks comfy!

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    Feb 10, 2010, 07.06 PMby juditab

    Love it! :)

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    Feb 10, 2010, 06.32 PMby cottonsilk

    So cute… love everything about it! Awesome job!

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    Feb 10, 2010, 06.09 PMby punkiedory

    it’s adorable and def looks comfy.

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    Feb 10, 2010, 05.43 PMby elaine-bin

    Very nice, it looks lovely and comfortable

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    Feb 10, 2010, 05.04 PMby irmchen


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    Feb 10, 2010, 04.59 PMby frkbustad

    Isn’t it nice to ‘finally’ finishing off projects? It looks great, and is very flattering yet relaxed. Well done with the plaids!!

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      Feb 10, 2010, 05.59 PMby amibambini

      Thanks, I only really learnt about plaids after holding up my first finished shirt (purple ute) and wondering why it looked sorta odd – ‘Ah-ha, plaids need to be lined up!’ I realised. Still love it though, and wear it all the time.. well, when I can be bothered to iron it!

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    Feb 10, 2010, 04.05 PMby mudinfedi

    this is so cute. I like the little detail at the back.

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    Feb 10, 2010, 03.56 PMby chanelleaj

    luv it, turned out really, really cute!

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    Feb 10, 2010, 03.20 PMby elisana

    really, really cute!!!

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    Feb 10, 2010, 02.43 PMby mixtlii

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    Feb 10, 2010, 01.30 PMby britynn89

    I love this shirt, you did a beautiful job!!

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