Maggie Mae

How about some fun summer sewing? Today we are sharing two takes on a pattern, the dress and tunic.

The Maggie Mae Top & Dress Pattern(affiliate link) has always appealed to us and finally I have had some time to make up not only one but TWO!  The first I made up in yellow and white, fabric that Rachel loved and is very summery.  I  had originally purchased this fabric several years ago when I though that I might make my own summer nightgowns…..  you can see how well that went.  Upside there was plenty of yardage to make a dress for Ms M.

maggie mae dress

When I cut the pieces my brain must have been somewhere else, because as I started to put it together, the colors were not at all in the order that I had envisioned.  Oh well!  Molly wears it well and Rachel was very happy with it. My advice would be to pay attention when you cut for this the first time to make sure you have your blocking the way you intend. The second time I found it really easy to accomplish!

The 2T fits her perfect now, even a bit snug getting on through the arm- though great once it is on. So when I started the next one, I decided I would make a 3.  This would fit for longer, probably even next spring or she could adapt it for the fall by putting a tee shirt underneath the dress.

maggie mae

Rachel and I have discussed this, and we would love to hear from you. Do you find Shwin patterns a tish small on the sizing end? They are great designs, and the directions are easy to follow. But of the two we’ve made we’ve found to fit quite significantly to the small end of the size- and no one else seems to mention this. Anybody else? Are we imagining it?

When going through my stash to see what would work I found this cute glittery butterfly pattern.  This pattern, while beautiful as a dress, also works great as a tunic with leggings.  I  tend to be drawn to such patterns, maybe because I am frugal and figure this way they can get extra wear out of them.  Grandpa really liked this fabric combination, so I figured it had to be a go.  I paid closer attention to which fabric choice would go where when I cut round 2.  It turned out perfect.

And the little green buttons work to accent very well.  I have a feeling this pattern will be a staple in her closet.

maggie mae tunic


Happy Sewing,


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  • Amy Mayen August 14, 2013, 8:02 am

    I’ve not use one of their patterns, although I love the Sunshine Dress pattern. I’ve never really noticed the Maggie Mae pattern..I guess the colors don’t speak to me on the site. But now that I see these little cuties, I’m in love with the plating and color blocking!

  • sorahart August 14, 2013, 9:05 am

    I could be off here, but it seems like indie pattern makers often use their own kids’ measurements for sizing. So slim kids=slim -fitting pattern. I recently tried the blank slate pants and basic blazer from Blank Slate Patterns…I even went up a size and they barely fit. 🙁

  • Jenya August 15, 2013, 2:09 am

    gorgeous 🙂 I really like the white and yellow option 🙂 I too have plans for certain fabric, and then I change my mind 🙂

  • Ajaire August 15, 2013, 7:09 am

    Donna, I have heard a couple of people casually mention the arm size being small. I think especially in the smaller sizes. My girl has chubby shoulders so I always just figured that was the issue until I read it elsewhere.
    I adore their patterns and style, but I do usually go up a size to 3t now with my two year old.
    Maggie Mae is one of my absolute favorites. I made three last year haha. You’ve reminded me I want to make one for fall. Yours both turned out lovely. I like the happy color blocking mistake. It makes them look even more different – extending her wardrobe 🙂

  • Chuleenan August 15, 2013, 1:54 pm

    Sooo cute! It looks great!

  • Cindy August 18, 2013, 6:39 am

    I haven’t made any of their patterns so no input on sizing.;)

    Both dresses are lovely! I’ve done the same thing re: fabric many times. Somehow the kids always end up with fabric I purchased for me!

  • Itzybellababy August 18, 2013, 10:29 am

    So glad my girl can walk now, so I can have her in dresses without falling over;)

  • Jennifer August 19, 2013, 11:24 am

    Love this! What a sweet dress 🙂

  • Annie August 19, 2013, 1:04 pm

    Pretty! I love both summer-ly color combinations! I always think of making the clothes last long too, and make them bigger or longer 🙂

  • Serena @ Sewgiving August 20, 2013, 6:48 pm

    The yellow dress is so very pretty! We are still in winter here in Australia … but I could be organised and start sewing summer dresses in advance .. right? Tehe.

  • Heather Feather August 21, 2013, 9:42 pm

    They both turned out so cute! I love the tunic with leggings idea; it makes it work for more outfits! And that yellow fabric is gorgeous!

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