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She's Madeline!

Added Oct 23, 2014

by auschick

Centreville, Vir...






One of my daughter’s favorite book characters is Madeline, so this year I thought I’d make her a Madeline costume for Halloween. It also worked out well, since it is Kid’s Clothes Week and the theme is storybooks!

The dress is an Oliver + S Playtime dress in blue cotton knit with red top stitching and red press studs at the back. I used an embroidery stitch on the sleeves and pocket detail, in an attempt to mimic a 3 thread coverstitch, but it didn’t really work too well. Just before I top stitched the hem, I discovered Rae Gun’s tutorial for hemming knits. Mind. Blown. It worked a charm and so I did that for the hem, even though it was different to the rest of the stitching (that I didn’t feel like unpicking).

The cape is from a Simple Simon and Co. tutorial and is made from some fleece that I picked up for a steal from the Joann remnant table (I think it was around $2 for a yard!), a scrap of lining that I had leftover from another project from probably 15 years ago (lol), some leftover red satin, also from another project, and some white fleece that I think I have had in my stash forever.

I picked up the straw hat from Michael’s for around $2 and hot glued a strip of black fabric to it (also from my stash).

The shoes and tights I got from Target.

One thing I love about this project is that the dress can be worn throughout the year either as a costume or as a regular dress.

One thing to note — I didn’t realize until after I was starting to sew it that the back facing pattern piece was incorrect. If you have the first edition of the small size pattern, you will need to download the new pattern piece from their website before you cut!

Material Notes

Blue cotton/lycra(5%) knit – G Street Fabrics
Blue poly fleece – Joann
Red satin, Blue poly lining, white fleece – stash


Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Cotton, Blends, Knits/Jersey, Polyester


Oliver+S Playtime Dress
Simple Simon + Co
Rae Gun Knit Tutorial

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    Oct 27, 2014, 01.45 PMby kisses

    So adorable

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    Oct 25, 2014, 08.34 AMby Mary Athey

    Oh my this is so Gorgeous and so is your daughter x

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    Oct 24, 2014, 06.20 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Gorgeous darling!

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    Oct 24, 2014, 06.06 PMby izbott


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    Oct 24, 2014, 08.25 AMby MBarryKerry

    She looks great.I love her outfit.Well done for making an original halloween outfit !!

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    Oct 24, 2014, 02.49 AMby froggylonglegs

    Absolutely Adorable!

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