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Bunny’s long sleeve Briar dress + Mini Virginia leggings

Bunny's floral Mini Briar dress hack + Mini Virginia leggings

Other possible titles for this post include: Why do i keep making my messy children white clothing? Maybe: Unfinished hem confessions or Bunny only wants to wear dresses and leggings. And possibly even: When did my baby turn into this amazing tween? But we’ll get to the crying later, lets talk about sewing for now.

Bunny's floral Mini Briar dress hack + Mini Virginia leggings
Bunny's floral Mini Briar dress hack + Mini Virginia leggings

So, recently Bunny only wants to wear dresses and skirts. This is problematic as it is winter in Perth right now. Perth winter isn’t horrendous or anything (see all these barefoot photos!) but it’s still gets cold enough to need nice warm snuggly clothing (plus *cough* shoes and socks). Here is our solution: long sleeved dresses and leggings. I have been churning out Mini Virginia leggings and long sleeved Briar dress hacks every weekend recently. I’m enjoying the collaborative rhythm Bunny and I have developed. Now that she is older I am trying to my best to let her choose what she wants to wear (within reason). But I can’t help feeling proud that her choices are so good! I absolutely adore this floral knit – it’s from Fabulous Fabrics in Perth and I honestly wish I’d bought more! The knit for the leggings is my favourite grey knit from Potter textiles. I love everything about this fabric so I actually bought 10m of it ages ago in anticipation of using it for lots of wardrobe stapes – so don’t be surprised if you see it popping up again and again!

Bunny's floral Mini Briar dress hack + Mini Virginia leggings
Bunny's floral Mini Briar dress hack + Mini Virginia leggings

The one problem with this dress is that it is white. If you have been reading this blog for a while you will know that my Bunny is an adventurous and curious girl who is often very VERY messy. She’s climbing trees! Playing in the dirt! Painting master pieces! Crawling around like a cat! Most of her clothing ends up stained or ripped. I never want that to stop because I love to see my kids doing art and playing outside, but on the other hand I hate seeing careful made things ruined. I think the obvious solution here is that i need to veto white fabric when it is chosen. But… who is going to veto it when i’m the idiot who bought it?! HA!

When will i ever learn!

Now you may notice that the sleeves and hem on this dress are unfinished, so if you notice rolled hems and loose threads don’t panic, this insanity is intentional! Unfinished hems have become my go-to for my kids clothing for a few reasons. Firstly it’s faster, I can skip a step and they can wear it right away, and secondly I’ve noticed my kids are mostly getting taller not wider – which means they are tending to outgrow things in height and sleeve length only. Leaving unfinished hems has made it really easy for me to just add on cuffs to sleeves and bands to hems to lengthen things for another year. I am feeling rather sneaky and victorious about this. Also im finding i just like the rolled hem look – is that weird? Can we still be friends?

I can’t wait to share more of Bunny’s winter wardrobe with you – it’s shaping up to be the cutest capsule wardrobe around!

Bunny's floral Mini Briar dress hack + Mini Virginia leggings
Bunny's floral Mini Briar dress hack + Mini Virginia leggings
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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Tammy
4 years ago

Perfect, versatile separates for an active tween.