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A simple retro dress for a cute little girl

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

Retro dress in Froy&Dind knit fabric - MaaiDesign blog
A few weeks ago, during my trip to Belgium, I found a spare afternoon and decided to sew a dress for my niece. I had packed some fabric just in case. I was actually going to make two dresses as she has a twin sister but I ran out of time. I left the fabric and pattern pieces for my mum to sew up the second dress, hopefully in the not too distant future...(still waiting Mum ;)

Retro dress in Froy&Dind knit fabric - MaaiDesign blog
I used a soft knit from Froy&Dind, and the Charlie pattern, by Zonen09. This is actually a pattern for a top for boys, but I simply extended it and widened it a bit toward the hem to turn it into a dress. I had already used this pattern to make a top for my son, you can read about that here.
The Charlie top is designed to be fully lined, but for the summer (or the Australian climate) I prefer not to do this, and I just used a facing piece instead to be able to make the folded collar. It was just a matter or retracing part of the front panel, to about 2cm under the bottom of the V of the collar.

Retro dress in Froy&Dind knit fabric - MaaiDesign blog
Isn't she cute? I love the retro feel of this dress with the retro print. 
A big thank you to my sister for taking such great photos! May the sun shine endlessly in Europe this summer and she gets lots of wear out of it!
Retro dress in Froy&Dind knit fabric - MaaiDesign blog

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