Friday, April 29, 2011

Dressed in Blanket



The smallest went through all of last winter fairly close to nudey. There was a mobile back-up wardrobe in the car but the kid has a stubborn streak (no notion from whence that comes) and rarely gave in to warm cladding. This fazed me for a while, until I realised it was one of those Choose Your Battle parenting scenarios. I’m not even sure if the kid caught a sniffle last winter.



This year I thought I’d have another whirl at coaxing her over to the Dark Side; reintroducing the concept of warm and toasty. This hot water bottle cover was crafted from a thrifted blanket and is still cosy-cosy and still going strong. And the super-snuggly blanket with the hot water bottle shape cut out, is occasionally thrown over a bed. Only now the blanket has a hole the shape of a tunic dress.



The kid was only mildly won over by the overwhelming orangeness and general lack of pink and puce-ness but signed on the dotted line, after I pulled that old doily trick out of the hat. (Love that old doily trick).



Then the weather forgot all about Autumn and turned really rather warm and the small was sweltering in her dress...



but still smiling, because let’s face it, the kid’s thermostat is entirely out of whack.



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The dress was cobbled together on a wing, prayer and a vague glance at a real piece of small kid clothing. This is why there is that slot thing at the back which was going to fasten with a button and a loop. Except it fits more comfortably without a button and loop. So really it’s only a test dress and while I know I should care about such matters, I’m afraid I really don’t. Talk to me after it’s been properly cold-weather-tested.

56 comments:

Cindy said...

Egads!! I may be biased due to my insane love of orange, but is is gorgeous! I am sure she will love wearing it all summer after she wears out her swimmers this winter

ELK said...

simply
adorable
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Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

So cute! Adorable.

clare's craftroom said...

I love it ! That little thing is just gorgeous and so is the dress !
Happy , happy belated birthday wishes to you ! I am singing to you so run quickly .

Tania said...

So cute! Loving the non pink aspect too. Looks so nice and warm too. I can see it with a skivvy and tights.

yardage girl said...

Love the autumnal colouring and the placement of the cross and doily. Seriously nice!

teddybearswednesday said...

Absolutely without a question of a doubt utterly gorgeous.
LOVE it, and the idea of using an old blanket is inspired.
In fact if there were more dresses made out of blankets around I might actually wear more winter dresses.
feeling somewhat mildy jealous of the little cutie, as it reminds me of my favourite coat of all time, which was a similiar orange plaid. it was the best coat, and in my usual form I wore it to death, until I was told I looked like a hobo in it. In which in now sits in a cupboard awaiting an equally inspired rejuvenation xo

Margaret @ Konstant Kaos said...

Oh how I dream of the day when my daughter will want to wear non-pink things! Gorgeous pinny!

Kylie said...

So gorgeous! A truly magnificent re-purpose, Mrs. No wonder she's smiling :) Kx

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

well done getting it on her!!!
looks super cute. i wouldn't worry about the doing up at the back either ~ am guilty of leaving things like that undone on my own clothing.

fingers crossed for winter.

Kate said...

Looks fab! And you finished it which is a plus in my blanket dress making books. I still have the blanket dress I was making this time last year hanging from a hook in the kitchen..waiting.

silverpebble said...

I want a dress like that. It's boss. It's all modern and pixellated and everything. I need garments with in built doilies.

Tanya said...

I am keen on the dress too.
I think that is my childhood blanket- so that could go okay, I have happy, snuggly sleepy memories. It's a stop in the street and say 'great dress' kind of dress...

Nikki said...

Ah.... the ol' v-back design feature!! Always a winner in the style (and fit) stakes.

That kid is going to grow up to look EXACTLY like you, don't you think...?

littlebetty said...

Looks pretty awesome. might have to copy it - minus the 'v' back :)

City Hippy Farm Girl said...

How sweet is that dress! She looks cute as a bugs ear... (I wonder if a rather tall woman could get away with a blanket dress? Nah, maybe not...)

Rie said...

Excellent thinking & it looks great on her! Well done!!!!!!

Vic said...

Stealing. This.

Love it. Love her! So cute.

Megan.K. said...

oh Tania, I hereby declare you to be my re-fashioning Guru. (in other words, I love this so much I am copying it as soon as I find my sewing machine.)
Clever, wool, recycled and orange. Plus a doily!! What's not to love?
x

Tammi said...

Oh I love that dress and the colour is just adorable. We are having trouble keeping our little one clothed...he hates being dressed fullstop and I feel bitter chills just looking at him.
x

kerrie said...

So cute !!

**Anne** said...

Cute, cute, cute dress and even cuter kid. :) Some kids just don't feel the cold, some kids don't like the texture of clothing on their skin, some kids hate being constrained by the feeling wearing clothing gives them and some kids are just stubborn. Take your pick. I think if she's really cold she'll wear clothes. It's just coping with the looks other people give you because it seems like we don't care when they are wearing bathers on a bitterly cold Melbourne winters day. :)
Anne xx

Life In A Pink Bunny Suit said...

Just way too cute..both the kid and the dress!

katiecrackernuts said...

I've been pattern making a jacket from old blankets and haven't got to the stitching part yet ... nor am I happy with my final pattern. I am thinking of heading back to a Shearer's shirt kind of assembly. Anyhoot, some of my reservations have been around itch factor. A Girl Guide leader I have worn many a woollen camp blanket but not so closely assembled and usually with layers underneath. Did you find the blanket rubbed through your small's skivvy?

Andi said...

Bloody love it!!

Naturally Carol said...

If we all looked like that..we'd all be wearing blankets this winter! Maybe we'd need to too..as the blankets on the bed would be getting a lot holier!

Stomper Girl said...

It's fantastic. I'd like one too, I think, unless it's itchy.

mel @ loved said...

This is fantastic! I was just commenting on your hot water bottle cosy yesterday, thinking of giving it a whirl, and now this! I wonder if I could try a vesty-type boy kid version?...

Amanda said...

First of all, I love it..LOVE IT..and so excited she is wearing clothes "atleast for the moment" I know the battle all to well as you know.

That sounds about just like my sewing. I have a dress I worked up and when my mom last payed a visit she took off the hem so I could fix it. Ummm yeah it's still sitting there unhemmed haha...

Madeline said...

Of course she loves it. It's adorable. And, how can one resist a doily?!!

Gillian aka Silly Gilly said...

Lurve your pattern placement there. The offcentre cross is just gorgeous!

Fer said...

Love love love!! I may have to steal this too.... ♥

By the way, did the cosy blanket undies ever materialise?

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Snuggly !
I think you've just made the perfect pic-nic dress !!

Tas said...

That is one near perfect dress -and that is coming from someone who generally hates orange with a passion.

Leonie said...

I LOVE IT!!!!

You and I are thinking alike with the old woollies this week. You had best pop over to my house and have a look see at what you inspired.

xxx

Kylie said...

:) Will be interested to find out if she wears it when the weather changes again:) It is raining and cool here in Brisbane - so odd for this time of the year (I am already in winter PJ's and want to put the flannels on the bed but the Mr said NO!)

trash said...

We all had blankets like that growing up. Mine were different blues.

fiveandtwo said...

That is one splendid dress. And I'm inspired to yet more with my stash of wool fabric.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

You are bloody marvellous. Truly.

Sue said...

It looks fantastic and I am sure the weather will be chilly soon and she will get lots of wear out of it.

Bonnie said...

That's very pretty! It's so nice to see cute female kid clothing that isn't pink. Good work!

Mama of 2 boys said...

Such a gorgeous dress, I am so impressed that you made it out of a blanket! Wow, that is clever. Love the little flower too. I can imagine how warm and toasty that would be to wear... I think I'd like one in my size!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Orange you glad you had that blanket handy.

Sorry.

It's truly fab. no wonder she looks happy in it! I especially love the stripe/check placement.

Cheers,
AJ

Cindy Cooksey said...

I absolutely love it! It's brilliant.

Shannon said...

I am a fan of doilys...(I have a serious collection of them) loving your care free attitude - it is far easier to get off without a button anyway, if a nude streak came upon her.

Anna Bartlett said...

Terrfic idea! Was thinking about pyjama-ing my kids in their bedding was the only way to keep them covered, but now I see there is a whole way of turning bedding into day clothes too - hurrah!

Posie Patchwork said...

Looks amazingly toasty. My 4 barely wear a thing in Canberra Winter, honestly, they still think they are in the tropics of Darwin. They have never had a cold or flu or cough, ever. Maybe i should try running around the garden in knickers?? Good enough for the high schooler, still!! Love Posie

gret said...

Brilliant Tania, this is superb.

Claire said...

How gorgeous is that dress, the colouring is great and the doiley and button feature looks fab............

I love seeing blankets recycled for different ideas. This will no doubt be the start of something, I can see loads of different options flying off your sewing machine.

Claire :}

june at noon said...

What a great way to use a blanket! (And a great conversation starter for house guests who see the silhouette missing from their beds.) It seems our thermostats are finally, mostly working this year, which is so much easier! Enjoy the swelter and/or nudey freeze! :)

Sally said...

Such a fabulous idea! Truly fabulous. Loving the orange blanket dress with splendid doily feature muchly. Bravo!

Adriana said...

So beautiful!
Such fantastic orange, and I just love the doily and button.

tea with lucy said...

i do say tania, you've done it again.

brilliance!

xo

kim at allconsuming said...

Dude, you made a dress out of a blanket. Is there no end to your genius? What's next? A velvet tracksuit a la George Costanza?

No! A cape. You must make a cape.

bethiejw said...

I like the dress.

Beth

bethsquilts.blogspot.com

gardenglut said...

I am a confessed orange lover and a bit of a blanket wearer too - at least I was in the past - not much cause to wear wool in Sydney. When I lived in England, I used to have a long skirt made from a blanket complete with blanket stitch to finish the hen. Love your site.