Friday, April 12, 2019

OOP Simplicity 6712 Dress for Beatrix

It's nearly time for holidays....
I am so excited!
So I have started holiday sewing.
Beatrix's list is made up of a dress, a coat, two pairs of dungarees, a tracksuit and some trousers.
I have wanted to sew this little dress f o r e v e r.
It is a late 1950's pattern, the pieces are pre-cut but have no written markings, just perforated notches and numbers.
I love the A-line style which is also very practical for play, not too full, not too foofy. 
The fabric is a linen/cotton from Spotlight, I picked it up for $4 from the remnant bin.
As the dress is for Autumn/Winter I dropped a poplin lining in it, sewing the main and lining separately, basting the right sides together and the attaching the facings over the top.
I hand sewed the facing edge to the lining taking care not to catch the main dress.
I also hand sewed the sleeve lining to the cuff, covering the raw edges.
The front yoke is stitched in separately, catching the ruffle.
It was huge and seemed way too big but once eased in place it fitted perfectly.
The self bow at the front is the cherry on top!
It reminds me a lot of the gorgeous O+S Playdate dress without the fitting over the head issues.
Be still my beating heart.
The size 4 is roomy enough, perhaps a smidgen too big?
Beatrix has always been quite solid but seems to be becoming more 'little girl string bean' than 'toddler chub'.
I may have to start sewing to her chest and adding length.
The advantage is that I can put a merino spencer under this and she may get two years wear!
(Maybe more)
Worn with her pretty, pink socks and shoes it is a feminine but not too fussy look.
Vintage, but the bold, rusty coloured background with the ivory polka dot is very modern.
~My Verdict~
I found this pattern in an Op-Shop a few years ago.
It was in Tildy's basket and then was swopped to Trixie's and I was determined not to miss out sewing it up, this time!
Its simple design belies the time it took to sew.
With the ruffles (finished with a tiny double hem) the yoke, the full lining and the hand sewing it was a solid sew.
But it was my sort of solid sew. I really enjoy this sort of garment construction.
Thank you for reading... xx N


  1. It's so beautiful, Nicole. I love how you styled it. I also appreciate the photos of the inside and description of how you lined it. I find linings tricky - the more so if I have to line an unlined pattern!

    1. Thank you Masha.
      I had to recut the front lining (and ran out of fabric and piece the hem) as I was a bit daft and cut the front yoke out of the lining, doh!
      I like lining frocks, often pretty fabric is too flimsy for an A-line.
      xx N

  2. I love Trixie's dress, the fabric, the awesome construction, the styling, all of it!

    It was so fun to see you in the Spotlight on Pattern Review. I really enjoyed the article.

    1. Thank you so much Dawn.
      I was very honoured to be featured, you have no idea!
      Such a lovely thing to happen.
      xx N

  3. Oh that is such a gorgeous mix of modern and vintage. Just the right amount of each. I do love the girls shoes too! May I ask where you purchase them from?

    1. Thank you!
      The girl shoes are Start Rite and I got them from eBay.
      xx N

  4. Oh she has the cutest smile on her beautiful face! The dress is really cute and yes does look similar to the Play date dress. I love the frill at the sleeve. But in terms of the size I think it’s perfect on her - she might have a growth spurt sooner rather than later. I’m so glad you are indulging in wee little girl sewing. They really are so much fun to sew for.

    1. Little girl sewing is the best!
      Thank you so much.
      xx N