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Itty Bitty Toddler Dress for DGD

Crazy K | Posted in Photo Gallery on

Hi!  I found this toddler pattern on another forum.  I had fabric that seemed perfect and a DGD that wears the correct size……sooooo, I had to try it.  It turned out better than I expected……..now I hope she likes it!  the fabric is last years’ plisse coodinates from Hancock Fabric.

Thanks for looking



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    ThreadKoe | | #1

    Kay, that is just so amazingly adorably sweet! You have a great sense of colour and proportion. WOW!!! Cathy

    1. Ceeayche | | #2

      Golly, I wish I was that size!  That dress is adorable.... looks very high end.  I'm sure you can't wait to see her in it. 

      1. Crazy K | | #4

        Thank you!  Next Friday is the day I see her..........Maybe she'll try it on so I can get a picture!


        1. Sancin | | #5

          Ahhh, I wish I had a girl grand!

          1. Crazy K | | #6

            It's fun..........we have 20 in total (but not all girls!) but most are older.  Little Taylor is the youngest....she just turned 3 yrs.  She still loves what Grandma makes her!! :-)

            When she gets too old, I guess I'll have to wait for Great Grands!


            Edited 7/9/2009 7:50 pm ET by Crazy K

    2. Crazy K | | #3

      Thank you!  The proportion thing had more to do with using what I had than any ability!! ha ha  It worked out good though.....and I like the wide band at the bottom versus the 1" recommended........JMHO.

      I see her next Friday........can't wait to see her reaction!


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        ThreadKoe | | #11

        Isn't that the way it works out sometimes? Lucky happenstance gives you the extra Wow factor. The bloomers or shorts under would be a nice idea any how. 3 yr olds can be so active.... :) Cathy

        1. Crazy K | | #12

          I've been thinking more and more along those lines.....I have patterns for shorts and I think I could turn them into bloomers without too much trouble.....shorten a tad and add some elastic around the legs????  Sound like it would work????  I have the one-piece pattern for sweats.......maybe a little more full and would give more of a 'bloomer' look...............o.k., ladies, what do you think????



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            ThreadKoe | | #13

            Bloomers are usually a bit wider (fuller) and a bit puffier looking. I might add a bit of width to the leg, and just add elastic. Depending on how full the shorts are to start with. The elastic at the leg will tend to creep up and add the cute fullness anyway, so shortening them may not be needed, or use the extra length for the ruffle at the leg. Just my thought. Cathy

          2. Crazy K | | #14

            Funny you mentioned ruffle..........DD and I talked about making her pantaloons......but that was a year or more ago.......not sure if she would wear them now.  You know, children are so sophisticated these days!!!  ha ha

            I checked......I do not have enough fabric...they would have to be patchwork and I'm not sure I want to go there!  Maybe I can find some colored panties and put a rhumba ruffle around the back!!

            We'll come up with something.............ha   Necessity is the Mother of invention they say!


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            ThreadKoe | | #15

            You are right, she probably wouldn't like them. Perhaps a simple pair of stretch knit shorts would work best, and a matching totebag for her things would work better? A small knapsack perhaps? just a thought, as I know you do such lovely bags... Cathy

          4. Ralphetta | | #16

            If you check your old patterns you might find a panty pattern from a much smaller pattern. The one I used until she was 5 or 6 was from a really small pattern...but it had lots of excess room...maybe for a diaper? It was comsiderably larger around than a shorts pattern and as someone mentioned, the soft blousing effect was what made it blend right into the skirt and become almost invisible. In my opinion the matching bloomers looked best without a ruffle. The ruffle on an older child sort of defeats the purpose of creating a stylish/undistracting look into the costume look. I made the panties so that when she danced around, climbed up onto things, etc., her rear-end wasn't the focal point.

          5. Crazy K | | #17

            The pieces I have left aren't large enough I don't think, even for panties.  I do have some solid blue (I think the same turquoise as in the fabric) and I could  make her a pair of those........they'd still blend in much better than stark white!  Or I could make her a pair of 'biker shorts'....to wear with the dress.  Haven't quite decided yet.


          6. Ralphetta | | #18

            The dress is really smart looking so I'm sure that whatever you decide will be equally fashionable. After I sent the last message I realized that I should have said that I ALWAYS have an opinion about things, but I have no expectation that everyone will agree! Sometimes another person's opinion gives me a new idea or it might force me to reconsider my thoughts and find that I feel even more firmly about them. Whichever happens, it's been helpful.

          7. Crazy K | | #19

            I, too, appreciate input from others.  Sometimes we tend to go through life with blinders on and having input and ideas from others tends to widen our horizons.......at least it does mine!  I didn't mention that the solid torquoise is a knit......with lyrca so it will make comfy panties/biker shorts or whatever I come up with.  I'm not sure even they are necessary.......the dress may be quite long on Taylor..........she's grown but I won't know till she tries it on for me.  It's a surprise so I haven't asked for mom's input on it either!  They come a week from todays o if I don't get anything made.......I can ask and see what they prefer.



          8. Gloriasews | | #20

            That dress is incredibly cute!  You did an excellent job.  Do you have enough scraps to make a little sun hat?  It could be pieced with both fabrics.  Do post her pic when she tries on the dress - we'd all love to see it.

          9. Crazy K | | #21

            Thanks!  I didn't think about a hat...........great idea.  Not sure if I have enough pieces left but its surely worth a look.  They will be here tomorrow.  I'm eager to see how it fits her!


          10. Gloriasews | | #22

            You could make a 4-pce. crown (like a beanie) in both fabrics (alternated) & a little rim around the bottom (or even a little frill, if you run out of fabric), maybe one fabric on one side & the other on the other - or do the brim in a plain colour.  I hope you have enough scraps.  Good luck! 

          11. Crazy K | | #23

            I do have some cute hat patterns........DGD is coming to visit this morning.......going to see if the dress fits and find out from mom if DGD would even WEAR a hat.  She's a very independent little gal and if she doesn't like it, it would never see her head!  I think many 3 yr. olds are like that!  I chuckle when I see the two........her older brother is laid back and complacent........she, on the other hand, is the 'free spirit' of the two.  My boys were the independent ones and DD was more the easy-going one.  Funny!


          12. Gloriasews | | #24

            You're right - she may not want to wear a hat.  Let us know how the dress fits.  Enjoy your visit.

          13. Crazy K | | #25

            She was here today but of course, wanted no part of modeling.  Liked the dress...just wouldn't put it on!  I held it up and altho' a smidge shorter than I hoped, it will be fine..........still hits her knees........I just was hoping for a teeny bit longer.  she's growing like a weed right now! 

            Maybe I'll get a picture.......sometime!  She's such an independent little gal and had to stay while mom went for medical tests so we didn't want to get her worked into a tizzy!



          14. Gloriasews | | #27

            That's too bad that she wouldn't try it on, but at least she likes it.  Do you have enough hem on it to lengthen it when she grows, or enough scraps left to add another strip on the bottom?  We'll wait patiently for the pic :) - she'll eventually model it for you, so don't fret about it.

          15. MarikaD | | #28

            Hello - I was wondering how it went - with your grand daughter and the cute dress?


          16. Crazy K | | #29

            Well, she likes it but wanted no part of trying on or modeling........hopefully, Mom will have her wear it when I get to see her sometime!!  We don't see them too often.......:-(   I did hold the dress up and it looked like it was the right length........maybe just a tad shorter than I hoped but still o.k. 

            Thanks for asking!


          17. Crazy K | | #30

            I ended up making a pair of shorts.........she's not quite lady-like enough yet to be trusted without something matching under her dress!!

            I didn't have enough fabric so I searched my stash......came up with blue cotton jersey knit w/lycra........doesn't match the gree at all but it is the same as the one tone of blue........it will have to do!

            Thanks for looking!  I posted the dress again......just for viewing convenience....not for an ego-kick! ha ha


          18. MarikaD | | #31

            Sounds just like my granddaughter - a few years ago.  Thank goodness for photographs!  

             Over here in Oz, girls often wear leggings under dresses. My granddaughter, now 9,  has on occasion had  dresses one year that were a reasonable length and the next they were like a shirt with more and more of the leggings showing. I depends on the style and which direction she was growing - out or up, and how much she liked them.

            If you have any fabric left, have you thought of a matching dolls dress?


          19. Crazy K | | #32

            Matching doll dress......that would be cute.  Lil' Miss Taylor is such a tomboy, I really don't know if she's playing with dolls yet!!  I'm sure she will.....but by that time, will the dress still fit her???????  I haven't seen any dolls so if she has them, they stay home when she visits ....and I would have no idea what size.  Mom doesn't sew (not a stitch) so asking her about sizes is nearly like asking DH!! ha ha  I would get an 'Oh, about sooooo big'.........answer!!

            I do hope I get a picture of her wearing her dress.....or maybe SEE her wearing her dress...............we don't see them too often.......they're not that far away but busy folks so visits aren't all that frequent.

            Thanks for the nice comments.......from everyone! 


          20. Gloriasews | | #33

            That was an excellent match - you did a great job on the shorts, as usual, too.

          21. Crazy K | | #34

            Thank you!


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            ThreadKoe | | #35

            I really like the blue shorts with the green, a real kick of colour if she "shows her shorts." :) Cathy

          23. Crazy K | | #36

            Thanks!  I'm sure she will 'show her shorts' on more than one occasion......she hasn't learned 'lady-like' yet.........she's just three!



          24. Palady | | #37

            Ah yes Memory Lane here.  Mother made me "bloomers" for my dresses way back when.  Read early 1930's.  I have flash back memories of dresses hanging on the clothes line with the "bloomers" along side. 

            My GD's wore bycicle shorts when they began to wear dresses.  The one's you stitched will surely do double duty.

            A thought on your grand's disinterest in modeling.  Maybe just leaving future fashions for her to "find" w/o any comment as to trying on might catch her eye and she'll try it on her own.  If it's "her" idea, might she be more enthusisatic?

            Sometimes coming in the back door, or through a slightly opened window helps us get the behavior, desired or necessary, from our loved ones.  Children & adults. 



          25. Crazy K | | #38

            Yes, they often have to think its their own thought.........fully agree on that!  With Taylor, I'm not sure.........she'll wear it proudly but just doesn't like the fuss when she's here.  A shy little gal......at least at this stage.



          26. SAAM | | #47

            So cute! And the shorts are a wonderful addition. I think the blue is a perfect choice to blend with the dress fabric. You did a great job. Would anyone else who attended the wedding have gotten a picture? You should have a photo of your granddaughter in this darling outfit.

          27. Crazy K | | #48

            I'm not sure anyone did.  The professional pictures show two of DGD but in a distance only.  By the time they arrived, my camera was tucked safely away.


          28. MaryinColorado | | #49

            Oh so adorable!  They look great together and the knit will be more comfortable.  Sounds like she feels really special in her outfit made with your love and such pretty fabric.  I love that pattern too!  Mary

  2. Ralphetta | | #7

    That is just adorable. I love it. If you have some fabric left you might want to make bloomers/underpants. When my daughter was very young I would always do that because she spent a lot of time with her rear in the air or upsidedown, etc. With the matching panties it didn't look like her underwear was showing and much of the time since it was all the same fabric/color it just looked like her skirt. I used the same bottom part of a sunsuit pattern for about 3 years. Although she grew taller she didn't get much bigger around.

    1. Crazy K | | #8

      I had already given that some thought.  I decided to wait and see how long it is and if mom wants me to do that.  It could be that Miss Taylor is becoming more of a lady.......she's a 3 now and a 'big girl'.....:)  I have saved the scraps though......not sure if there is enough but it would be close.  Even a pair of shorts would work......

      Thanks.......it's nice to know my thoughts aren't out in left field!


  3. ljb2115 | | #9

    Could you give us the forum name.  That is one sweet dress.

    1. Crazy K | | #10

      It is Sew Forum(http://www.SewForum.com) sponsored by AllBrands........and the link to the pattern is:

      http://craftinginspiration.blogspot.com/  and it's the little blue dress on the right side.  Called the itty Bitty Toddler dress.  The pattern is for a size 3 and its free.......you can download it




  4. PatsyS | | #26

    Soooooooo cute!  And love the colors.  DGD is very lucky to have you!

  5. MaryinColorado | | #39

    As allways, I love your fabric combinations!  This pattern is darling too.  Another darling outfit for one of your darling grands!  Mary

    1. Crazy K | | #40

      Thanks, Mary!  How are you doing?  Haven't heard from you for a while.  We're enjoying cooler than normal temps and mostly low humidity which is great in my book!  The downside is that we're too dry.  We have now had a few showers....not nearly enough.

      Wedding in 3 weeks........DD getting married ........things are getting done.  Formal but not huge.........then a week of DGS while mom goes on honeymoon.  After that fall busy season starts for DD's business.  Did someone say I was retired???????  ha ha  Sure doesn't feel that way at times!

      Take care...........Kay

      P.S. - Pattern for the itty Bitty dress was on Sew Forum........ so easy and quick to make, too.


      1. MaryinColorado | | #43

        I don't think I've ever seen Colorado this green.  We must be getting all the humidity that usually goes up North.  These weather changes are just plain bizarre.  We've barely had to water so I appreciate the lower water bill for once!

        I haven't been able to accomplish much in the sewing room.  It's all reorganized and I have fabric washed, pressed, laid out on the cutting table, and ready to go.  Several quilting projects patiently awaiting my attention too. 

        What are you wearing to your daughter's wedding?  How exciting to hear of young love and the promises of a bright future.  You and your daughter both seem to have alot of motivation and energy, I hope her business will continue to grow and thrive and that she and her new husband will have many years of wedded bliss.  Blessings to you and yours.  Mary

        1. Crazy K | | #44

          Thanks for the wishes of happiness.  DD is working so hard right now to get everything to come together and her fiance's business is busy and so is hers........lots of things going on.

          I am wearing a sleevess black knit dress.  It has an empire waist and softly gathered bodice (to accomodate the 'girls').....her colors and white and black.  It isn't the formal dress I hoped to find but the only thing that really fit and looked decent.  Cheap, too!  Found it at Marshall's! ha ha

          I've been sewing.....most for DD's business but did manage the Itty Bitty dress......

          Time goes by so fast.........days seem so short.....must be an age thing! 

          Our weather has been different too.  We've been cooler than normal (which is fine by me!) and very dry.  Lately we've had several overnight showers which help but we're still way behind in the moisture department.

          Must run.........just delivered quilts to the Sal. Army and now I'm off to my sweatshop!

          Have a great day!


  6. Josefly | | #41

    Adorable. I love your fabric combination.

    1. Crazy K | | #42

      Thank You!

  7. rodezzy | | #45

    Oh that is so very pretty.  I love the colors.  So girly!

    1. Crazy K | | #46

      Thanks!  DGD wore the dress to DD's recent wedding......it fits perfectly and she was dancing and twirling in it.  I think that meant she likes it!! ha ha  Of course, I didn't get any pictures of her! :(



      Edited 8/31/2009 10:32 pm ET by Crazy K

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