7/13/09

Hello, Love!

I found a vintage girls' smock while thrifting in Oklahoma earlier this month and since it was made of denim and red bandana material and had the name 'Amy' falling off the front, I decided it wasn't something I wanted for Ruby. Then the perspective came and I realized it was a simple pattern that I could use to make the kind of adorable smocks I want her wardrobe to be full of someday.

This 'sample' smock is the first of many that I'll be adding to the RVA shop later this week. It is made from one of my favorite vintage sheets, a vintage doily, aqua buttons and an off-white lining. It's perfect for those warm summer afternoons and can be worn into the fall if layered with a sweet, long-sleeved top and pants.

I'll be saving one of each for Ruby, of course. She may not fit into it until her first Spring anyway. I think a pair of aqua bloomers or toddler skinny jeans would be the finishing touch! I promised Sebastian I wouldn't take a picture but I did bribe him with chocolate chips to try it on so I could see if it would fit a 3 year old. Unless you have a smaller 3 year old, I'd say this little number could range from 6 months as a dress to 2 years as a smock. Oh sizing...tricky when not all 6 month olds measure the same, right?

Next up is a pink, brown, orange number with a pocket up front for storing secrets. Thanks for looking!

~Rachel

39 comments:

mrs boo radley said...

YUM! My favorites...orange and turquoise.

So beautiful, Rachel.

Jamie said...

That is sooo adorable!!!!

Katherine said...

love, love, love! no babies in my future, but a good friend of mine is preggers with her first little baby girl, and i will be snatching some of these up for her! you started my doily obsession in the last rva class--it hasn't gone away!
p.s. there should be a package with your name on it at commercial street address any day now...

ashleyrwatts said...

That is too adorable! I need a baby stat! :P How tempting it is to buy one anyway and save it for the future

deewilcox said...

So adorable! I love the color scheme on this one and can't wait to see what you come up with next. Super excited that you're starting a "baby line" for RVA!

Leslie said...

FABULOUS!!! I just started sewing and love the idea of finding things that you like to use as patterns...brilliant!

Laura Reaux said...

I love this! Beautiful. :)

margot said...

AWWWW! ruby needs to wear a doily a day! :-)

Carrie said...

That is so beautiful!! I SO wish I could sew (le sigh). Off to look for a class...

Mandy said...

How cute is that?!?! Oh it makes me wish I had a girl or knew someone with a girl to buy it for! And so funny that you bribed Sebastian to try it on. Future blackmail material right there. ;)

jari spry said...

too cute! <3

nataly*oh said...

it's gorgeous! love this vintage! XO.

Imaginary Outdoors said...

So nice!<3
How many parents MAKE their kids clothes?

Cathy said...

So cute! I made many of these little cross overs with matching bloomers for my girls when they were little. Ruby going to be a lucky little girl.

Melonie said...

Rachel this is the sweetest! Love it.

craftyminx said...

absolutely adorable!

heyjenrenee said...

OH! be still my heart. I'm going to need one or five of these. 100% cool, girl.

(and we are big fans of the toddler skinny jeans with dresses, too. so cute.)

Becca said...

Super cute! I'm totally in love. So creative and inspiring.

Cindy J said...

I am in loveee with this :) I can totally see my little Emma wearing one for her first spring. You've inspired me to try sewing up some things for her to wear... I've been sewing up blankets & dollys and such but no clothes. Can't wait to see what else you come up with! <3

alittlebitofscrap said...

Adorable.. Love it! I love making little girls clothing..just something about being able to make something so cute and precious. I find it very satisfying. Lovely color combos!

Kat said...

That is really cute. Love the colours!

RachelDenbow said...

Thanks, everyone! When I showed my mom the original smock from the thrift store, she told me she used to sew smocks just like it for me when I was little.

Freckled Nest said...

I might have missed a post about the Ruby name... BUT SERIOUSLY!!! I LOVE THAT! Is that going to be the little pumpkins name? Eeeeee!!!

Mandi said...

Oh my gosh. Stop it, Rachel. Seriously. You need to stop making me want to have babies. :D

Lune Vintage said...

OH! That's beautiful!!! Makes me want to have a little girl too. I think it's cute you tried it on your little boy. I did that with a cute halloween dress I had at lune - i also didn't take a picture. He already thinks girl things are "awful". hehe.

Suzanne said...

Eeeeee! Sooooo cute!

Can you make one in big-girl size? I want one for myself!!! :D

Christine said...

that dress is absolutely gorgeous. so delicate but yet funky! I'll be ordering one for my niece for sure.

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Brittany said...

This is BRILLIANT Rach!

paperdollsforboys said...

That looks absolutely fabulous. Love what you did with the doily bit! Buttons over it was perfect.

Mandi said...

I absolutely adore this. My sweetie pie is 5 years old. Will you be making any larger sizes in the future?

Mallory Phillipy said...

that is the cutest little dress! the turquoise buttons are perfect with the orange/yellow. i love it :]

Stefan, Sarah and Lukka said...

um, that is stinkin' ADORABLE!
Sarah M

Ashley said...

Can't wait to see one of those on my little girl!!!

BakeryFullofLies said...

Sooo adorable!

Trains and Sewing Machines said...

ohhh that is too too cute!

amy said...

Are you naming the new little one Ruby???

That's my youngest daughter's name!

Have you picked a middle name yet?

Our girl is Ruby Nell (after her paternal granny).

Of course, I LOVE your choice. My oldest daughter actually picked the name Ruby...after the cartoon Max and Ruby. We liked it so we agreed!

Ashley said...

I really adore this!

Katie said...

Oh my gosh...these dresses/smocks are SO SO cute! Love your blog...
:)

Tiffany said...

AHHHHH... I don't have any kids. What would be the best way to supersize this pattern for a grown woman? :)