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So I cut up my dress…

July 1, 2014

…and made it into a dress for Little Tweedie using McCall’s M5032!

McCall's M5032

McCall’s M5032

I recently sorted through a load of old dresses and rediscovered the dress pictured below.  I think I bought it at the clothes show a few years ago, so perhaps it’s made by Uttam/Traffic People/Max C/Yumi or some such brand – I can’t remember exactly.  The crossover wasn’t really the right shape to accommodate my bust, so I wasn’t interested in wearing it.  But that fabric was too pretty to let go…

The original dress

The original dress

The dress was fully lined, and I managed to create a dress for my daughter, also fully lined.  I cut an age 4 but it was too big at the side seams so I took it in substantially, and I’m still not overly happy with the fit under the arms, but it’s fine.  I mean, the skirt is still beautiful and the model is pretty darn cute too, so…win!

McCall's M5032

McCall’s M5032

And here are some other poses… I don’t know which I want to show off more – my sewing or my beautiful little girl!!!


Lying on the rug


Sitting cross-legged


Model pose!

This is not the first time I’ve chopped up one of my dresses in order to make one for my daughter instead: the following two dresses used to be adult-sized dresses!  I made three or four baby dresses too out of my old dresses, but it’s so long ago I can’t find photos of those ones.

Jul 2012 Butterick See and Sew B4956

Butterick See and Sew B4956 – made from a vintage dress from Pop Boutique

Jan 2012 Butterick See and Sew B4956

Butterick See and Sew B4956 – the other view – made with a vintage dress bought in Paris

I love the ultimate uniqueness of these dresses.  I love the memories that they hold of when I wore them, and the memories they make when my daughter wears them.  I’ve never regretted cutting up the dresses – only felt sad when my daughter outgrew them.  But this latest one should last a while yet! 🙂

Oh, in case you missed it, I’m giving away a copy of ‘Half Yard Heaven’ by Debbie Shore – if you want to be in with a chance of winning this book you can enter until Friday 4th July, 12 noon UK time.  It’s open to anyone anywhere – see here for more details!


  1. July 1, 2014 7:28 am

    Such a gorgeous dress for a really gorgeous girl 🙂

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      July 1, 2014 1:58 pm

      Thank you. She was really pleased with it.

  2. July 1, 2014 8:25 am

    Aww, such cute photos of her and what a lovely idea. I’ve cut up old night dresses and PJs which I’ve used for linings in dresses I’ve made. I’ve also used old sheets. I wouldn’t be adverse to cutting up my dresses to make something else with them.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      July 1, 2014 1:59 pm

      I’ve used sheets too for lining dresses and they turn out so cosy! Waste not, want not! x

  3. July 1, 2014 9:10 am

    she’s so adorable! love the dresses too – such a good idea x

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      July 1, 2014 2:00 pm

      Thank you! She enjoyed posing for the photos and she loves her new dress.

  4. July 1, 2014 11:12 am

    Oh my gosh she is adorable and the dress looks amazing, nice idea to cut it down and save the pretty fabric.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      July 1, 2014 2:01 pm

      Thank you! Really glad I salvaged that print!

  5. July 1, 2014 12:21 pm

    Too much cuteness in this post! Wonderful dress and you can see your daughter loves it. Great way to breathe life back into an unwanted item.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      July 1, 2014 2:02 pm

      She does! Yes – much better than letting it fester in the loft!

  6. July 1, 2014 1:51 pm

    That’s a stunning dress & so wise of you not to waste that lovely fabric! Cute model too!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      July 1, 2014 2:03 pm

      Thank you! She is a cutie. Sometimes I forget as I see her every day. It was nice to make something she loves and take the photos of her.

  7. July 1, 2014 3:00 pm

    Oh my gosh, she is adorable!! And good save!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      July 1, 2014 3:01 pm

      Thanks. We both have beautiful children: Baby Jane is SO gorgeous ❤

  8. July 1, 2014 4:50 pm

    So adorable. She’ll always remember the clothes you’ve made her.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      July 1, 2014 4:55 pm

      I keep them all in the hope that one day she’ll enjoy looking at them!

  9. stitchedupsam permalink
    July 1, 2014 4:53 pm

    This latest dress is beautiful, as are the others. Your daughter is just gorgeous and obviously loves her new dress!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      July 1, 2014 4:56 pm

      Thank you Sam! She does like it a lot!

  10. Gabriele permalink
    July 1, 2014 5:04 pm

    You are absolutely right: on the dress, but also on the model: how cute!
    I love how you altered your dresses, what a great idea! All of them are really beautiful, my favourite is the green “Pop boutique” one.
    I am just a beginner (up to now I just sew small items in order to practice on seams, seam allowance, cutting etc) – but I have a few garments here which would make great things for my granddaughters! (ok, I assume they’ll be adult at that time 😉 )
    Thanks for sharing!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      July 1, 2014 5:17 pm

      I love the green one too. And the red one which I remember sewing against the odds the night before her second birthday! Good luck with your sewing 😊

  11. July 1, 2014 6:28 pm

    I love your buttons rug!!!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      July 2, 2014 6:53 pm


  12. July 1, 2014 9:37 pm

    What a wee cutie! And she looks lovely in her gorgeous new dress.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      July 2, 2014 6:56 pm

      Thank you! She does look nice.

  13. July 2, 2014 8:53 am

    What an adorable little girl. And did you say something about sewing? I couldn’t really concentrate – had to look at her fun faces all the time 😉
    Thanks a lot for my amazing sewing swap parcel. It arrived yesterday and I’m already thinking about what this knit might turn into 😉

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      July 2, 2014 7:00 pm

      Oh great, so glad it arrived ok! And just in time, too! Thanks also for mine. I think I’m going to make my daughter a summer dress with it! 👍

  14. July 3, 2014 3:08 pm

    Very cute! Love a repurposing mom.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      July 3, 2014 3:27 pm

      Thanks! She’s already getting a lot of wear out of it.

  15. July 4, 2014 5:06 pm

    She is too stinkin’ cute!! Love that first pic the best. 🙂 Good for you repurposing like that, I only have boys, so it would be a little awkward if I tried that, but maybe someday (*sigh*) I’ll get little nieces (and nephews)…

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      July 5, 2014 11:35 am

      Hahaha! I hardly sew anything for my son, I never have the appropriate fabric!

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