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Carefree Clothes for Girls: 20 Patterns for Outdoor Frocks, Playdate Dresses, and More

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Ruffles, buttons, and lace are the perfect ingredients for little girls’ clothes; add some unfinished hems and plenty of room to run and play, and you have garments full of fanciful charm and practical playfulness. The twenty patterns in this book—from simple dresses with ruffled sleeves to blouses with crocheted lace and pants with sewn-on legwarmers—are of simple constru ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Roost Books
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Shala Kerrigan
This is, in my opinion, simply charming.

Not everyone will agree with that assessment. If you love french seams, dart fitting, couture techniques and heirloom quality sewing for girls, this is not the book for you.

If you like simple shapes, fun and irregular details and dresses that you won't mind getting dirty, this might be a great book for you.

It has 20 projects, and full sized patterns in the back under the flap for all but 2 of them. Unfortunately, my daughter is too big for those projects,
Having one little girl who loves frillies and one little girl who hates frillies, this book is the best of both worlds for me, in that both of my girls really loved a lot of the garments in here.

Mind you, Okawa's photographer wins everyone over with the full-page, glossy photos of that stinkin' cute little kid wearing almost every one of the outfits before you even get to the instructions and patterns, but still, her garments have so much potential that both my four-year-old and my six-year-old
I chose this book for three reasons. 1) The title appealed to me -- who wouldn't want to dress her child in clothing that can be described as "carefree"? 2) The cover photo looked artistic and reminded me of Japanese sewing books in its studied casual elegance. (Oh, hey, the imprint page says it was originally published in Japanese, so points to me for seeing this in the aesthetic of the cover.) 3) It looked like it had simple, easy-to-execute patterns that would work for someone like me, who ca ...more
I enjoy sewing clothes for my daughter when I have the chance. Had my girly girl look through this book to pick out something for me to make for her not thinking she'd go for much of it, but she spent a fair amount of time looking through it and very enthusiastically exclaimed she wanted nearly every thing in the book- certainly all the dresses. The aesthetic is very different from what you see in the stores- this is not Hanna Andersson or Gymboree- the colors are very muted and many of the fabr ...more
You pretty know what you are getting from this book from the cover, no surprises. But I just have a thing for clothes sewing books. If I was a Puritan in the fall with only dreary gray days, and had a daughter with freakishly long red hair, then I might try some of these things. But for the rest of us...... Well, you get the idea. I appreciate the creativity and uniqueness though.
These designs, while certainly beautiful to look at, are wildly impractical. Unfinished hems for a child's dress? Please, woman. This author thinks up wonderful conceptual art and then hangs it on her unnerving changeling-child model. Not a go to book for basic patterns, but there are some things in here that truly captivate, and some I may actually try.
i'm excited to try making some of the projects in this book. it includes patterns and instructions and looks like projects range in difficulty. i'm not a huge fan of all the fabric choices and unfinished hems but everything looks simple enough to modify. if nothing else, good inspiration for making fun and unique clothing!
A little too carefree for me... Unfinished hems, raggedy patches and a babushka-style head scarf. Not my thing on the whole. I like casual and whimsical, but a bit more finished and refined I suppose.
Fun and inspiring! Yes, I could have thought of alot of these ideas myself, but I didn't. I'm finding it a great jumping off point for some fun outfits - all from good, basic patterns.
So many great patterns, and I think a few of the things are appropriate for either gender child. I made the melon hat, and it's adorable. The pattern was easy to follow too.
oooh I do like this book... although the clothes are perhaps not the most practical. I want to make the white hat for Maude and maybe the blue dress too...
The clothes are natural and whimsical, but if I tried to put my child in them, she'd look like a peasant. In a poor way. Will not be making anything here.
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