Monday, January 13, 2020

OOP Simplicity 4719 Dress for Beatrix

Last September I made Trixie the cutest dress.
It was a special request
Trixie wanted a long frock that was floaty!
Floaty and swishy.
I had picked up OOP Simplicity in an Op-Shop in Bendigo.
I think it is actually a nightie but I really liked the raglan sleeve and sweet collar.
The fabric is the sweetest rayon with a pretty magenta floral print.
Magenta, that is a woody word.
I purchased it from Eliza Fabrics , $3/m. It did have quite a few flaws but with some serious #ninjacutting I was able to sew this...
and a top for Zara (to be blogged) from 2 metres.
It is so floaty and pretty and must feel delicious to wear.
The little puff sleeves are created using pre-made bias with elastic threaded through. It is a straight forward method that looks particularly nice in rayon.
Once again, Trixie loves this style as she has room to move.
To be completely honest, Trixie is happiest in just knickers.
With this filthy weather we have been having, she is cooler in a light frock than a more 'practical' outfit of tee and shorts.

I used an invisible zipper, which I find best with floaty fabric.
I must admit, I am not fond of invisible zips. They are easy to install but I have had too many break for me to use them on anything that takes any strain.
I am re-discovering my love of vintage sewing patterns.
They are so pretty and usually a less time consuming sew.
I dare say sewing in the 60's and 70's was about clothing children rather than a hobby, so things needed to be economical to sew, both with fabric and effort.
Trixie wearing vintage OOPSimplicity 8129
A sweet zip up blouse with pull on trousers is easy to sew AND  easy to wear.
Me, circa 1978
The little outfit I am wearing above, would be just as wearable and fashionable, today!
~Trixie's Verdict~
I like the flowers.
It looks very pretty coz Mumma makes pretty stuff. I love her so much.
I like the whole dress...I don't like wearing socks (good to know)
~My Verdict~
I am kicking myself for not buying more of this fabric. I used to overbuy meterage and I try not to now (Jane and Fiona from The Drapery coined the phrase 'There is always more fabric') but I kind of wish I had purchased more than my standard 2m.

It is so pretty and is washing like an old rag (that's a good thing)
Sadly, I think she is nearly grown out of it already 

Thank you for reading... xx N


  1. Perfect pattern and fabric match and a delightful recipient. I love these vintage patterns for little people. The designs are timeless.

  2. Thank you Karen.
    I recently packed up my collection of size 3 and under vintage patterns, so many un-sewn ones.
    I have decided when I retire I will spend my days sewing them up, and then give them away.
    How lovely.
    xx N

  3. First of all, BABY NICOLE!!!! You look just like a younger Trixie in that shot. <3 <3

    Oh my goodness, this is so adorable, and so is Trixie! It is just the prettiest little muumuu I've ever seen! Such lovely fabric!

    Socks are a challenge for my kids, too, fyi. (Insert eyeroll.)

    1. Aww, thank you Inder. I was a bit surprised by the similarity and Trixie wanted to know what happened to my 'yellow hair'
      She has had so much wear from this dress but I think it is time for it to go to Miss Millie!
      xx N

  4. I thought I had already commented on this post. I love this dress so much. It looks like the dresses my grandmother sewed for me when I was a little girl. Also, you look just like Trixie in that photo.

    1. Thank you Masha, I love that you recognise this as something your grandmother made for you, that is so special.
      I was surprised how much I see Trixie in my photo, I love that too.
      xx N