Sunday, November 11, 2012

The green dancing girl dress


I've got the bug. The sewing bug that is. The rush you get ferreting through a stash of fabric, drawers of doilies and the sublime beauty of pink ric rac. Liongirl and I went to Spotlight  just to get the 6 mm elastic. And then I stumbled over this gorgeous green dancing girl fabric and she found the roll of sparkly pink bling ribbon and the next thing you know were were in cahoots, making another dress.



The navy blue floral fabric has a story of course. About a year ago at my first ever Suitcase Rummage the lovely Kimberley had a bundle of fabric from an estate sale. The story goes that the elderly lady who owned this fabric had brought trunks and trunks of beautiful fabric with her on a steamer from England many many years before she ended up in a house on Bribie Island. And now some of this lovely old fabric which had been carefully folded for decades has been lovingly added to a little girl's green dancing girl dress.


I myself could have left off the pink bling. But in order to get miss Liongirl to contemplate a dress that is not pink, we had to have some incentives. And she loves her bling. The pocket was essential for her travelling companion, Guinea Pinny, her toy stuffed guinea pig rescued from a $1 claw machine. Fingers crossed she will frock up tomorrow and let me take some photos.



I discovered the The Cupcake Parlour at West End the other day, and had to take a little assortment to share with the sewing gals. There is nothing more wonderful that chatting over a cuppa, a petite cupcake and some crafty creating with like minded pals. Especially when you put your bobbin in backwards and need help sorting out why everything you are stitching is self ruffling when it is meant to be flat.

And what were the kids doing today, while I finished adding the bling to the dress?  Well, first they colour coded my buttons,


then Roboboy colour coded all my pin wheels so they were in a rainbow formation. Then they watched The Little Mermaid. I had to share the look on my boys face watching the romance scene in the movie when the prince is working up to kissing Ariel in the boat.


Sheer unadulterated joy. You would never guess that only hours before this same child approached me in the bathroom  with a proposal. To sell his sister. (He was quite serious). I in turn grappled for a satisfactory response for his logical brain. I informed him that unfortunately as they were a pigeon pair, they sadly could only be sold as a set. He was disappointed but understood completely.

I wanted to say thank you to Kate from Foxs Lane for inspiring me to make the green dancing girl dress. About a year ago I bought a miss Liongirl a peasant dress from Kate and have been building up the courage to sew my own ever since. And fitting that I finally get it together for this slightly auspicious day of my 200th post. Back soon with a little giveaway to celebrate this bloggy milestone.

22 comments:

  1. that is a gorgeous little dress! i love the story of the vintage fabric, and the pocket and ric-rac are perfect! happy sewing to you :)sarah

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  2. You're on a roll. This dress is just as cute as the first one. Now she'll need one for every day of the week.
    x

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  3. Lovely dress - the wee pocket is so sweet. Happy 200th post! Elaina xo

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  4. Love that you have a sewing circle. I miss going to mine. You'll be inspired to sew all sorts of things. That son of yours is a keeper.

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  5. the dress is so cute ,love the fabric

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  6. this is many kinds of awesome, Mel, you talented thing!

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  7. love your little dress and the one on the other post so pretty :) x x x

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  8. This wee frock is gorgeous! I love the fabric & especially the use of the doily & ric rac. Xx

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  9. Gorgeous dress & love the dancing girl fabric: so pretty! My brother did many things but I don't think he ever asked if I could be sold! haha!

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  10. It't so lovely! And particularly so because you chose the fabrics together. A little wee etsy shop I see on the horizons clever lady!! HOpe you have a wonderful week.
    Steph :) x
    P.S. And yes, the bathroom is finished....hooray!!
    thisbrownwren.blogspot.com

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  11. That dress is so cute.
    I just love the use of the doily for a pocket...I wouldn't mind a doily pocket on a dress of my own!

    I am glad that you aren't selling your daughter...who would you make dresses for!?!

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  12. Love it!...dancing girl dress for your dancing girl!!
    Allison x

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  13. Oh you've definitely got the bug now!
    Soon Liongirl will have more dresses than she knows what to do with!

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  14. The dress is beautiful, and the pocket is just perfect! xx

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  15. Love love love! And the pink one in your last post. You are definitely on a roll. Fantastic Christmas gift idea too x

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  16. Now that is a gorgeous dress! wish i had a girl to make for....I end up crocheting 'crazy birds' not quite the same sense of fullfilment??
    bestest Daisy j
    Lovely inspiring blog...

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  17. Congrats on your 200th post. Love the dress with the story. The slave labour seems to be working well, need some of that 'round here.

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  18. Beautiful dress, this s going to sound weird, but it reminds me of this fantastic 50s bread bin my parents had when I was a kid, in the best way possible!

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  19. I love the gypsy in this dress, it is truly for being fanciful and fantastic in. My daughter took me to that cupcake shop a couple of years ago and we bought three each and sat in a carpark on the way home..'cos we couldn't wait 'til we got home to try them..and ate them all! We didn't need any lunch!

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  20. that dress is lovely - especially the pinnygig pocket. Love it
    And the look on his face gorgeous

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  21. You clever lady, watch out Kate!:) This is just gorgeous, love your fabric combinations. xx

    P. S. Thank you for your advice about blogger today:)

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