Kids' Clothes Week: A Milly-Molly-Mandy dressOctober 22, 2014
One of my favourite storybook characters as a child was the sweet Milly-Molly-Mandy.
The stories were written and illustrated by Joyce Lankester Brisley and were set in a quaint little village where Milly-Molly-Mandy would get up to exciting adventures with little friend Susan and Billy Blunt. Adventures like, Milly-Molly-Mandy plays shop, goes to the seaside, goes sledging and goes carol singing.
The stories have been re-illustrated and published but I prefer the old drawings. I remember pouring over this map of the village as a child...
Since Juliette also loves the stories of Milly-Molly-Mandy (we only have a newer edition book), and also resembles the main character, I was excited to sew her up a Milly-Molly-Mandy inspired dress for the Storybook inspired season of Kids' Clothes Week!
I drafted the pattern myself - it is made up of a front, back, button and belt loops and a tie. It is fully lined with the lining peeking out the bottom of the hem.
I couldn't find a stripe that represented Milly-Molly-Mandy in my local fabric store so I purchased a cherry pink and ivory voile and pieced the fabric together myself. (OTT, I know) It took a bit of time but Juliette loves her new dress and loves pretending to be Milly-Molly-Mandy.
The back closes with two button/loops and the small sash can be tied in a knot or small bow.
Are you sewing along for KCW? I have two more things planned for the week...will see how I go with my time!!