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by toogie ( edited 28 Jul 2020 ) 28 Jul 2020

Hello Cuties! I have another dress made for Nora. It was impossible to find the cord and buttons In my stash to match The fabric I wanted to use. This fabric had a good feel to it even though not too colorful. It’s by Waverly and when I got it was $1 a yard if I remember rightly. I had purple buttons and lavender cord in my stash so that helped determine my fabric.😉 This is from a 1988 pattern but I think a shirt dress never goes out of style. Check out the pockets and I never put a casing on the outside before like on this waist. The headband flower design is a Cute Embroidery design I posted in Projects with a link.

I hope all of you are well. Thank you again for taking the time to respond to my post. I hope you all have a good day and can find something to interest you to stay mentally & physically well in these trying times. ❤️ to all- Toogie


by sewpam 29 Jul 2020

That style of dress never goes out of style. Great job on matching the stripes!! Your granddaughter will be a happy girl. I can sometimes guess how old a pattern is by how much it cost, my oldest pattern that I still have cost $0.85.

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toogie by toogie 30 Jul 2020

I appreciate your thoughts Pam. I too have old patterns some I think were 25 or 35 cents.

by asterixsew Moderator 29 Jul 2020

Nora is one well dressed young lady. Love the addition of the embroidered headband. Beautiful work

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toogie by toogie edited 29 Jul 2020

Thank you, what are you working on to need the floor space? I forgot to ask....

by pennyhal2 29 Jul 2020

Gosh, I'd wear that! Everyone can wear these colors. They seem to me to be quite neutral and give me a calm feeling.

toogie by toogie 29 Jul 2020

If I knew it would fit in the length,I'd make her another one even if I had to use white buttons and a self fabric tie. I think the style is classic.

pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 30 Jul 2020

Yes! Very classic and never goes out of style!

by airyfairy 29 Jul 2020

Toogie that is just so pretty.

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toogie by toogie 29 Jul 2020

Thanks it should look good on her, she is so slim. I don’t know about color though, because she is fair skinned....

by lidiad 29 Jul 2020

Great job, Toogie! Nora will be thrilled.
Hugs, Lidia

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toogie by toogie 29 Jul 2020

Thank you Lidia- I am hoping to get her a few more made.

by dragonflyer 29 Jul 2020

Another great summer dress for Nora... I am sure she will love it!

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toogie by toogie 29 Jul 2020

I want to make a few more before she sees this one- thanks for looking

by mrskiki 29 Jul 2020

I want one too! Love it and am sure she will too. Hugs. nan

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toogie by toogie 29 Jul 2020

And I want to be small to look good in one !😂🤣thanks Nan

by lbrow 28 Jul 2020

Oh I love it Toogie and right up my alley. What a great buy on the fabric. I'm sewing, have made BOUT 19-20 kITCHEN bOAS that's what the girls and some of the men are getting for Christmas. Money is getting short. Made some for Amanda to give at a wedding shower and she wanted one for the gentleman also since he does LOT OF GRILLING.

toogie by toogie 28 Jul 2020

Wow, you're working that machine again! Boas make nice gifts so they will appreciate them, I'm sure. I haven't even thought of Christmas but it sure is coming fast again, it will be here before we're ready. I wonder if we will be able to get together by then....I sure hope so.
At the time I found this bargain, I also found it in red and also turquoise, instead of the purple. At a dollar a yard I couldn't resist, even if I just made pillowcases.
Always good to see you-Love Toogie

toogie by toogie 28 Jul 2020

ps-did you read below Chris's post?

by crafter2243 Moderator 28 Jul 2020

You are right. Some patterns are timeless and this is one of them. Nora will love it. What is amazing, beside your multi talent, is the cost of this material. $ 1.00 what a bargain. Great job.

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toogie by toogie 28 Jul 2020

It was a bargain and I didn't find them much anymore, before Covid 19. I am sure now I won't find them again, if I ever do get to shop. I thank you as always.

by pennifold 28 Jul 2020

This is truly beautifully made Toogie. I love how you've matched the stripes in the chest pocket and your placket around the waist is great. It will look great on Nora and I hope she appreciates you making it for her. Love Chris

pennifold by pennifold 28 Jul 2020

I forgot to say I love the blossoms on the tree the dress is hanging from. It makes me think of Spring!

toogie by toogie 28 Jul 2020

The tree is called a crepe myrtle. I have lots of them in my yard and they are everywhere in the south. They do brighten up a summer yard. Most all of mine are this shade although I do have 2 in front of my house a shade lighter pink. They come now in white, a really dark fuchsia and purple. Pinks are the old crepe myrtles, I believe. Mrs Lillian help me out here.....

Thanks about the dress Chris. Nora usually likes anything I make her, but mom chose this pattern, so we will see.

graceandham by graceandham 28 Jul 2020

Back to those crepe myrtles. The beauty of them is they are long-blooming in the heat, heat, heat of summer when everything else poops out. The old ones can get mildewed, but the newer ones from the National Arboretum, have Indian names, and come in lots of colors. I have seen red-purple, deep purple, lavender, white, pale pink, hot pink, and red with a touch of pink. A truly outstanding tree and now also featured as bushes, too. Oh, did I say, love your classic shirtwaist, and I think the casing on the outside makes it "modern", She sure did grow up.

toogie by toogie 28 Jul 2020

Made 7 years old Sunday Betsey!
I knew a southern gal would know about crepe myrtles😉😂

sewdeb by sewdeb 29 Jul 2020

I had a beautiful dark pink Crepe Myrtle tree in my yard in Pennsylvania. I loved it and wish I could plant one here in NY but they can't stand the cold winters here. 😥

toogie by toogie 29 Jul 2020

Mrs Lillian tried to add a comment but said it must have went into cyber space. Her son or SIL is a botanist at the university, if I am not mistaken.

by dailylaundry 28 Jul 2020

One of my favorites - I love this - a shirtwaist dress!! I made myself one with short sleeves, when I was a senior in High School. It had little tucks in the front with buttons down the center and a peter-pan collar - the material was blue with little flowers all over it. I took an old belt of mine and covered it with the same fabric. I got the best compliment ever on it - when my "rich" friend said she liked it and didn't believe me that I had made it. I made most all of my dresses by then - my family had very little at that time. Nora will absolutely love this dress! Well done! Stay safe and hugs to you and Nora!!! Laura

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toogie by toogie 28 Jul 2020

Thanks Laura and for sharing your memories. Your dress sounds pretty and it must have been. People that don't sew are always surprised when we make something....I wonder how they think the 'bought' dresses are made? Some person has to make them.

by grammaheh1 28 Jul 2020

The dress is just adorable, and I love the fabric

toogie by toogie 28 Jul 2020

Thank you, I like the side seams. The stripes match up to a point going upward, like an inverted V or a teepee.

toogie by toogie 28 Jul 2020

Added the back photo so you could see the side seams, stripes. I like how the skirt hangs.

by mops Moderator 28 Jul 2020

I like it very much. I hope Nora will be as pleased with this as she was with the other!

My parental grandmother was born in 1889 as well, my mother's mother 5 years earlier. Both were knitters, not sewers. Both wore the local costume. And there was a seamstress that only did the local stuff. I remember her coming to my gran, on a bike, with a Singer and her scissors and things at the back of the bike. Sewed at the clients' house, Cleverly avoiding clutter at her own home.
My mother was a sewer, I learned from watching her.

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toogie by toogie 28 Jul 2020

I hope she likes it, too mops! Mom chose this pattern and I originally wanted to make it in blue.
My mom made dresses for us 3 girls but no quilts. Grandma made the quilts. I think I told before how we learned to sew. I guess some things are just in our genes/dna.

by sewdeb 28 Jul 2020

Another winner! Nora is going to look so cute in this! p.s. my stash never results in such wonderful projects!

toogie by toogie 28 Jul 2020

I almost forgot I had this cording because some people think I have too much stash!-lol-they could be right, but at least I don't have to run out and buy at regular price. If I bought it, you can be sure it was on sale or reduced-lol-and if it was given, so much the better because once it's made, I pass it on.

sewdeb by sewdeb 29 Jul 2020

You have such a good heart! God bless!

toogie by toogie 29 Jul 2020

We must strive to be like Him (Jesus) even though we will never measure up.
My sister in hospital, please pray for her

by sebsews 28 Jul 2020

I have always loved shirt dresses. This is really cute and you have done a great job.

toogie by toogie 28 Jul 2020

I have always liked them too. My aunt wore them all the time with short sleeves. I wonder if she made hers. I don’t remember seeing a sewing machine at her house but she could have. My grandmother quilted all the time but I don’t remember seeing her make clothing. I’m sure she may have since she was born 1889 and used a treadle machine for her piecing. Thanks for looking.

clintonmiss22 by clintonmiss22 29 Jul 2020

My grandmother sewed all the time, but you never knew she had a machine either. She used a walk-in closet as her sewing room and could sew all day on her treadle machine and shut the door at supper time. She had an electric machine, but much preferred her treadle.

toogie by toogie 29 Jul 2020


by arisann 28 Jul 2020

Just a cutie, thks for sharing!

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toogie by toogie 28 Jul 2020

Thanks I hope it looks good on her. I just sent you another pm.