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4/22/2010

A cute little dress...

I really needed a break from all the paperwork and website work that is covering my desk.  So I decided to make this sweet dress for my little friend Julianna, age 3.

I saw a pattern for a top exactly like this at That*Darn*Kat on Etsy, and first thought "That's so simple, I can draft it myself!"  Then I had second thoughts. I decided that it just isn't right for me to copy a designer's hard work, so I bought the pattern. The pattern is designed as a top, so I just lengthened it to make this dress.  I plan to make many more.  This pattern is very fast and easy to sew, with excellent step-by-step instructions and color photographs.

Back to copying patterns.  I have "borrowed" design details that I've seen on pattern photographs many times....never intending for my finished garment to look exactly like my inspiration.  This time I bought the pattern because I wanted to make a garment as close as possible to the original. I also wanted to support an Etsy seller.  And while I think it's OK to get inspiration from others' patterns, it is my opinion that it's not right to try to copy them exactly.  So if you like this dress, the pattern is available as a top at That*Darn*Kat.

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11 Comments:

Anonymous Jeannine said...

I have the same pattern Pam. Good for you.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Gigi said...

That is so darling - exactly what I would have worn as a little girl! It's a classic that you'll be able to make over and over again.

2:36 PM  
Blogger AuntieAllyn said...

I appreciate your integrity! The dress is so cute . . . sewing for toddlers is so much fun!

3:32 PM  
Blogger Myra said...

Wonderful combination. Beautiful work. I, too, think you did the right thing.

5:06 PM  
Blogger gwensews said...

What a cute little dress! And I bet more fun making than doing paperwork!

5:53 PM  
Blogger Karenza said...

Just right for my DGD Pam - thanks for the link, I've just bought the pattern too...

7:54 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Cute, cute, cute! What fabric line did you use?

2:04 AM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Hi Karen...I used "Sweetpea" from RJR Fabrics (or RIR...I can barely read the selvage, and I am not that familiar with designer cotton fabrics ;)

I either bought it at Fabric.com or JoAnn Fabrics...and I only buy cotton prints that are on sale ;)

9:33 AM  
Blogger anita said...

Oh, that's just what I've been looking for! I have two pieces of really cute fabric I got to make a dress (or top) for my granddaughter, but neither will work for any patterns I have. This will be perfect!

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Karin (the Mrs.) said...

Very cute. I love the colours of the fabrics you used. Lovely!

2:16 PM  
Blogger beyourownsaviour said...

You are my hero! I've been really concerned about copying masked as "inspiration" in the DIY community lately.
Very cute, and I'm glad you're a good person.

9:23 AM  

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