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A Shortsuit, Pattern by Tadah Patterns

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

Pleatie Dress & Shortsuit, pattern by Tadah Patterns, MaaiDesign blog

In a continued effort to get my daughter to wear something other than dresses and skirts, I sewed up a shortsuit for her. I thought this would be cute, and stop her from showing her undies every time she hangs upside down somewhere, which seems to happen quite often!

I used the "Pleatie Dress & Shortsuit" pattern by Tadah Patterns, an Australia business!

The designer, Lauren, has done an excellent job in adding detailed - easy to follow -step by step instructions so it was very clear how to put it all together. The pattern comes with a range of options, including sleeves and a collar. But my princess had said "no collar", so I did as I was instructed and decided to keep it simple...so I skipped the sleeves as well. ;)

I'm afraid my daughter is going to suffer from the same condition as me: a long upper body! I have to extend all patterns by 4cm in the bodice part. 

The top part of the bodice turned out a bit too short for my liking even though I made a size 8, and she only just turned 7, so I am going to have to start adding extra length for her too.

I added piping at the armholes and the pockets as I love that extra detail. The fabric print I picked was Flower works Purple/Blue (sold out), from Soft Cactus.The flowers are very light pink, so the piping in baby pink matches it very well. 

Pleatie Dress & Shortsuit, pattern by Tadah Patterns, MaaiDesign blog

Then I needed some buttons! What a great excuse to treat myself to a shopping trip to Newtown, a rather hip part of Sydney. There is an amazing button shop called “All Buttons Great and Small”. They literally have thousands and thousands of buttons, so I knew I would definitely find something to match.

And “Tadah!”, more smiles from my princess!


Pleatie Dress & Shortsuit, pattern by Tadah Patterns, MaaiDesign blog


Pleatie Dress & Shortsuit, pattern by Tadah Patterns, MaaiDesign blog


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