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Little Miss Hippo

Added Jan 19, 2013

by The Tropical...

Singapore, Singa...






My elder daughter has been head-over-heels in love with hippos since she was a year old. I’m on a constant prowl for cute hippo fabric!

Was completely overjoyed to find this gorgeous pattern on Spoonflower! And thriftily took advantage of their annual 2-for-1 FQ offer to pick some up.

There wasn’t enough to make a dress, so I made a very simple top based on this free pattern from prudentbaby.com. Since the fabric was slightly stiff (I ordered cotton poplin), I decided to lessen the gathers in the back and convert the front gathers into an inverted box pleat so the top wouldn’t be so stiff and poufy. The armholes are also a little large and low, so I brought them up 2cm – that’s still not nearly enough, though.

I used snaps for buttons and it turned out fine – the little lady was so pleased that she has requested to wear this every weekend since!

Material Notes

- 2 FQs of cotton poplin from Spoonflower.com for the main bodice
- 1 FQ of solid quilting cotton for the neck band
- 2 snaps




Garment Type

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    Jan 24, 2013, 12.31 AMby bethmaryharley

    Very cute dress for a very cute little girl! I love the retro colours of fabric – very sixties! Has she seen the surfing hippos on the BBC Africa documentary? :)

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      Jan 29, 2013, 12.03 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      thank you! The colours were what attracted me :) have never heard of the surfing hippos – must tell her about them, she’ll be thrilled!

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    Jan 20, 2013, 03.42 AMby kisses

    So cute…she look so much like Dora

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      Jan 22, 2013, 05.39 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Thank you! It’s the straight black hair isn’t it?

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    Jan 19, 2013, 08.56 PMby Mary Athey

    The top and your daughter are adorable . I love the crocs.or should.i say.hippos.as well lol x

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      Jan 22, 2013, 05.40 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Ohh! We never saw them in that light before. We thought they were croc-looking crocs, as in a play on words. But you are right they do look a bit like hippos! I told that to my daughter and she was thrilled :)

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