Juliette's birthday dress

May 02, 2013

Today Juliette turned three years old.  This is her birthday dress.  I had lots of fun drafting my first (hand drawn) pattern - The Perennial Dress, but wanted to challenge myself and attempt a digital pattern.  The 'mini pinnie' is my new design.  I am going to make a variation on the dress also with a tunic option with larger piped bib pocket (more creations to follow in the coming weeks!)
It features piped shoulder detail with a faux strap with button.

The back has an invisible zipper...I finally fit one successfully - notice it is...invisible!  I bought a new invisible zipper foot which properly rolled out the zip so that it was concealed fully. 

The pocket tops are also piped (I made the piping with piping cord and homemade bias binding).

It was pretty cool this morning when I took these shots, so Juliette is smiling through clenched teeth!

I wanted a 1970's feel and so chose this Hokkoh Japanese retro print I found at my local Spotlight.

With tights and a cardi, the dress will be great for cooler days too.

Happy Birthday my big grown up girl!!

Joining up at Our Creative Spaces today.

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  1. What a pretty dress! You're so clever! I love the tights, hat and cardie with it too. What a cool outfit!!! :-)

  2. Happy birthday, Juliette! A sweet dress for a sweet girl.

  3. Beautiful dress and birthday girl! I am scared of regular zippers so I am not sure I could do an invisable one but now I would like to try.

    1. Thanks Christine:) the invisible zip was super easy to fit with the right foot. Give it a go!

  4. Happy Birthday, sweetie!
    Love the new dress - it's so cool! (gorgeous styling, as usual)

  5. Happy birthday!

    Love the new dress - perfect fabric for it

  6. It looks fantastic Suz! Gotta love an invisible zipper - they always make things look so much slicker. Love it in the winter assemble too, super cute! : )

    ps. Thanks for visiting and leaving such a lovely comment. : )

  7. Congratulations with your little girl's birthday! Such a beautiful new dress and I guess she is really happy with it!

  8. Happy Birthday, Juliette!

    Love the dress...especially that piping on the shoulder.;)

  9. I love the dress and the piping. The fabric is stunning. I was delighted to see you to it at Spotlight. Will have to see if I can find some at mine. I'd love to make a dress like this for my girl. It's beautiful. Cx

  10. I love your dress! I like the idea of pinafores with skivvies (I guess that outs me as a child of the 70s), and can't wait until my little one is walking so I can get her into some. Looks like you've got the pockets spot-on for collecting things/hand warming on mornings like today.

  11. Wow Suz, im so happy to have discovered your blog! Your kiddy clothes are so gorgeous!

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