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by toogie ( edited 27 Jul 2020 ) 25 Jul 2020

UPDATE below in comments-Hello Cuties! My grand daughter Nora is outgrowing all her clothes. She is shooting up like a weed-😂- so I showed her & mom some patterns I had and among the ones they picked, was this little dress. Nora picked it and wanted it in a plaid. I searched my stash and barely had enough of this piece. No matching plaids on sides or back, as I had to use every inch. I said it’s a good thing her hair is so long, it will cover the uneven plaid in back.😉😂Luckily I had a red zipper too. I still have to hem it.

Hope all of you are well. We are ok, still staying home, staying busy. ❤️ Toogie

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by hightechgrammy 27 Jul 2020

Toogie, How is Avery???

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by hightechgrammy 27 Jul 2020

Toogie, How is Avery???

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toogie by toogie 27 Jul 2020

Oh Jan she is fine, but oh Lord, we miss that child! No visitors are allowed and of course, since she can't see or speak, all mom can do is Facetime. Mom can see her and Avery can hear everybody's voices. It seems like she has grown so much during this time. Mom is especially having a hard go of it, being away so long. Thank you for asking.

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by hightechgrammy 27 Jul 2020

That is an adorable dress! Plaids look great on the front!
The pockets really make it pop!

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toogie by toogie 27 Jul 2020

Thanks Jan, she loves it!

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by stork 27 Jul 2020

Love the pattern you are using and the fabric is wonderful. She is going to love this!

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toogie by toogie 27 Jul 2020

Thank you T she did love it!

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by dragonflyer 27 Jul 2020

What a beauty she is... very cute dress too...love the matching headband.

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toogie by toogie edited 27 Jul 2020

Thanks K, she is so sweet and brings us so much joy, especially in a time when most needed. She is losing all her teeth so she has mixed sizes. -lol

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by toogie edited 27 Jul 2020

I have to tell y’all something Nora did.

Ashley came to let me pin the hem on Noras dress. I pinned it and she went to the bathroom to take it off and get dressed. I wasn’t going to see the hem while they were here but I think that’s what they were waiting for.


Well, after a while I asked Nora what she did with the dress. She said she left it in the bathroom so I went to get it to sew the hem.


When I saw the dress I shouted, “Nora Jane!”
Her mom asked her, “Nora, what did you do?” Before I could get back in the living room. I came in dying laughing and after Ashley Saw I was laughing we all got a good laugh.
Nora had laid the pins all together, after she had taken every pin out of the dress!!!😳 😂🤣
I had told her to be careful when she took the dress off that the pins didn’t stick her. I guess the best way not to get stuck was to take them out!-lol🤣🤣

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hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 27 Jul 2020

She is precious!

toogie by toogie 27 Jul 2020

She truly is, thank you. She is so sweet and honest. She had already told mom, as soon as mom asked, 'what did you do?'

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by shirley124 26 Jul 2020

This is so pretty. She will love it. Hugs

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toogie by toogie 26 Jul 2020

Thank you Shirley, she does! She came and I hemmed it while she was here. She left with it on!😂

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by lbrow 26 Jul 2020

I love it Toogie. I am partial to plaids myself. Use to make my girls little plaid wool skirts with straps to wear to school. Then those first A line styles became the Vogue. I still like the old childrens styles.

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toogie by toogie 26 Jul 2020

I like them too Mrs Lillian, when little girls looked like little girls. Glad to see you here! Thanks

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by babash 26 Jul 2020

Lovely Dress and well made.
As for not matching the plaid it is only sewers that worry about that. Even the expensive brands do not worry about matching checks or stripes.
Look how many upmarket dresses have the zips stitched to the outside. Mt theory is a batch was made wrong and someone decided to make the look trendy.
Your grand daughter will love it I am sure.

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toogie by toogie 26 Jul 2020

She was thrilled! That’s my reward to see her so happy. Thanks for looking

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by clintonmiss22 26 Jul 2020

So cute! Wish I could sew for my grands. I had a friend who sewed for her daughter. Daughter said "Mom, make the plaids uneven so I look like everyone else!" Store bought are often off a little - - - or a lot. Nora will love this!! You're a good grandmother. :0)

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toogie by toogie 26 Jul 2020

She did love it, thanks

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by pennyhal2 26 Jul 2020

What an attention getter this is! I wish I had something like that to wear as a kid. You are a great granny to do this for her and ask her what she wants first!

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toogie by toogie 26 Jul 2020

I rather make something someone likes so I ask. That means a better chance they will wear it, if it’s something they chose.

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by dailylaundry 26 Jul 2020

Oh, Toogie, this turned out so cute!! Love the ruffles on the pockets and sleeves - my granddaughter loves pockets on her dresses! I bet sweet Nora loves this dress! Stay safe, hugs, Laura

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toogie by toogie 26 Jul 2020

She hasn’t seen it yet unless her mom showed her the picture. I just hope the armholes aren’t too big. I find some patterns have low necks & big armholes. Since I haven’t made from this pattern before I am anxious to see. Thanks as always for commenting.

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by sewpam 26 Jul 2020

That is real cute!! I like your details--the pockets and the ruffles on the shoulders. I wish my 7 year old granddaughter would wear dresses. They are fun to make for little girls.

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toogie by toogie 26 Jul 2020

I know what you mean. I was so disappointed years ago when Lanie told me she had enough dresses. 😩I had smocked her a pale pink bishop with roses if I remember rightly. Needless to say I don’t smock as often now because Nora wore Lanie and Avery’s, I had no need to make her many. Thanks Pam for looking

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by mops Moderator 26 Jul 2020

It looks great, she will be pleased with it!
I've been making a few dresses for charity from a couple of meters of a striped fabric I had in my stash. I love your sleeves/ruffes, thanks for the picture, I might copy that.

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toogie by toogie edited 26 Jul 2020

Go right ahead! My daughter always likes the flutter sleeves and I think Nora liked the pockets. She's only seven, but pays attention to detail. I also made a headband and the plaid is on the bias like the sleeves, pocket ruffle and band. Let's see your dresses, maybe I can copy.-lol-Thanks for looking M.

mops by mops 26 Jul 2020

I had a T-shirt pattern and just draw and cut etc to get the pattern I used. I'll have to take pictures tomorrow.

toogie by toogie 26 Jul 2020

I’ll be watching

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by sebsews 26 Jul 2020

Good Granny! She will be a real show off in this adorable dress!

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toogie by toogie 26 Jul 2020

Thanks! It has been a long time since I made anything wearable, at least for humans-lol I made a bunch of dolls clothes a while back but can't remember when I made for people.

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by 02kar Moderator 26 Jul 2020

She is going to wear this cute dress with pride. Kudos to you for being such a wonderful loving grandmother. I doubt anyone is going to care about any mismatched plaids. I think we who have sewn for decades are the only ones who care about matching any more.

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toogie by toogie 26 Jul 2020

I do know you mean K. I would be very surprised, if I ever found a store bought garment, with matching plaids. Thanks for looking.

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by jenne 26 Jul 2020

Good job, looks nice.

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toogie by toogie 26 Jul 2020

Thank you Jenne, hope you are well.

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by mrskiki 26 Jul 2020

Very cute dress. If anyone says anything about the mismatched plaids, tell them to get a life! Hugs. Nan

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toogie by toogie 26 Jul 2020

You think!
Thanks Nan, TODAY is her 7th birthday. I told my husband 2 days ago we would Facetime her and wish her Happy Birthday-When we did, we were all surprised. She was surprised we called and we were surprised because it was the wrong date!-lol

pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 26 Jul 2020

Ha! I do things like that...

toogie by toogie 26 Jul 2020

It’s hard for me to keep up with all of them. For years I would never remember Dustins. I knew it was around Thanksgiving. My daughter said mom remember it’s exactly a month before Christmas. Now I can remember the 25th of Nov! He is (about😉) 25 and just got his Registered Nurses license. He took his State Boards and text me I PASSED!😂

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by sewdeb 26 Jul 2020

This turned out great! And Nora's request for plaid was terrific! This is adorable, Toogie and I can't wait to see the smile on her face when she finally gets to wear it! What a lucky granddaughter to have such a talented and loving grandma!

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toogie by toogie 26 Jul 2020

Deb one of the views on the pattern envelope was a plaid in pink and yellow. I do hope she likes red because I had to use what I had. I did tell her that it wouldn't be just like the picture so I think she will be okay.

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by marianb 26 Jul 2020

Very nice, Nora should love it.

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toogie by toogie 26 Jul 2020

Thank you Marian for always looking.

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by asterixsew Moderator 26 Jul 2020

Toogie, Norah is one lucky girl. This is beautiful and I love the extra details like the pocket decorations and the inverted v on the front yolk. You are one talented woman who appears to sew all the time.

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toogie by toogie 26 Jul 2020

C sewing is like breathing to me. It comes naturally like breathing, I love to do it without a struggle-lol- I don't even know where this pattern came from but it was missing the pocket.It had the pocket ruffle and band, but no pocket.Thanks for looking!

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by pennifold edited 26 Jul 2020

Nora has good taste and you are such a good grandmother to make it for her along with all you do with your quilts. I love the bodice front and the matching ruffles on the pockets to go with the sleeves! Well done, love Chris

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toogie by toogie 26 Jul 2020

Thank you Chris. This is the first time I think I used a New Look pattern and I know it's the first time a attached a skirt front to a yolk like this. The lined yoke completely overlaps the skirt top edge so your seam allowance is not enclosed. Even though I overcast the skirt edge with my serger, I'm still not accustom to not enclosing it in my yoke.

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