I came across my ragged copy of Holly Hobbie Around the House a few weeks ago. With my childhood eyes, I had seen all the friends and puppies and cupcakes. With my adult eyes, I noticed the shabby chic dresses, calico bloomers, and pinafores. I hadn't thought of pinafores for decades, but even before enjoying Holly Hobbie again, I made one for Genevieve to wear over her red plaid dress. The green hair ribbon was her idea.
The pinafore turned out quite differently than I thought. I was picturing how a white pinafore looked when it was frilled and flounced, but the white pinafore I made was plain and tailored. . . and looked like a medical uniform. So I added silver buttons and handstitched black straight stitch across the pocket tops and around the hem. Much better. Also, instead of facing the sheer white linen, I lined the whole pinafore.
The red Mary Janes still make the dress and get compliments wherever she goes.
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