Knit Dresses for Clementine

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Two new quick knit dresses for the little stinker (actually three but one didn’t get finished): One a slightly larger version of this Flashback Dress (there’s a rough tutorial at that link on converting the Flashback Tee into a dress):

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She just got a haircut last week, which I think turned out rather well. After discussing her plans to “keep it long” and “just get a tiny trim” in the car before we arrived at the salon, I was rather floored to hear her announce to the hairdresser that she wanted it all chopped off. Whaaaat. OK! Sure!!! I tried not to sound too enthusiastic lest she change her mind since I actually love it short — it’s SO much easier to take care of and somehow always manages to look chic no matter what she does or doesn’t do to it, as opposed to long hair, which always ends up looking unkempt and ragamuffinesque, like she might actually be a street urchin or something.\

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When I see little girls running around with beautifully coiffed heads, or perfectly placed pigtails or braids, I always wonder how that came about. In our house a hairstyle that intricate would need to involve either ear-piercing shrieks or a large tranquilizer dart.

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And here is the other dress, which is basically a Flashback Tee, cut a few inches below the armpit and with a gathered rectangle sewed to the bottom (EASY!). Similar to this Flower Garden dress, does anyone remember that post? She was soooo cute back then!!!

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OK, fabric. The white knit is a Birch Organic knit which I purchased at Sew to Speak in Columbus (I have their # on speed-dial) but can also be found at Fabricworm, a sponsor of this blog (ack they have it on sale right now!!). The knit is a medium weight, thicker, with a nice amount of stretch to it. I will say that I love the Birch knits, but the more ink they have on them, the stiffer they feel (both before and after washing), so the prints with the lighter backgrounds tend to feel nicer to me. Love this party print!! SOOO cute!

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The pink print is from Girl Charlee (another blog sponsor) which is a large online shop specializing in knits. This one is called a “cotton jersey blend,” is fairly lightweight, and has a great deal of stretch — so much so that you can see the armpits on this dress are sagging from the weight of the skirt. It is SUPER soft, though since I paid very little for this knit I do worry about pilling on it, as it seems to have a fair amount of lycra. Lycra content can usually be seen as little tiny white threads on the surface of a knit, which can sometimes snag and pill as a knit is worn). So we will see; it hasn’t been worn much yet. Clementine LOOOOOVEEESS this dress and has professed her undying love for the print on a number of occasions already. The fact that she has worn the dress three times since I finished it on Friday even though it has pizza sauce on it is solid evidence of this.

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Finally: the sherpa vest is from Mini Boden. I love that thing. Warm enough for cool days, and super cute. I bet you could make one, but this mama has her hands full of handmade clothing projects as it is.

11 thoughts on “Knit Dresses for Clementine

  1. I love these dresses, Rae. I am on a knit kick myself! That’s a really great observation about Birch fabrics. I did notice that the cream colored knits are much softer. I actually have this print in my stash, but I felt the scale was a bit too large. But it looks really great on Clementine! I really like it. Her haircut looks so chic, too! Our daughter, Tarikua, has to get her hair done every 6 weeks or so and has to sit for about 4 hours! She has around 400 dreads that need to be re-tightened. The initial installation took 25 hours – broken down into 5 5 hour sessions. We try to make it special – her stylist lets her watch movies and gives her treats. Still, she usually cries. But after that it’s no fuss – we just run our finger through it each day and she loves being able to wear it down all the time, without us having to spend an hour or two detangling like we used to before she got this style. And we can leave it natural without having to use lots of products or chemicals. Also, we were so slow when we styled it that this is ultimately faster, too. We love it!

  2. Dude…. I love it all! The hair is awesome, and I just love dresses like this. So stinking cute and practical and comfy. Clementine looks very chic!

  3. Love the observation about the Birch prints. Question for you/others: have you also seen that their selvages are ragged, looking as if they’ve been cut (but they haven’t)? I find this baffling.

    • Hmm..I’ve noticed that *most* knit selvages are ragged; I think this has to do with the fact that they have to put that weird stuff on the edges to help the fabric feed through the printing rollers properly. I’m not sure that’s unique to Birch!! 🙂

  4. I love Clementine’s new ‘do! She looks like she’s 5! Her dresses are so cute and love they are made of knit fabric. She is an awesome model. Precious as always. It’s hard to believe she is three already! Job well done Rae! You got two out of three dresses done. Well that’s two more than you had finished.

    Thanks for sharing. Tell Clementine she chose a great hair style. She rocks the new look.

  5. love these, Rae! adorable prints and so comfy and easy for her to layer in the winter. love her hair, too!! Em had us cut hers but honestly I sort of liked doing it when it was longer…she’s patient but she does like wearing it down more, so I guess shorter is smart for now.

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