The Ladybird Dress – A Puperita Appreciation Special


It’s the spring holiday fortnight in Glasgow. Schools and nurseries are closed and I am off work but someone forgot to tell the weather gods and in typical West coast of Scotland holiday fashion it’s a wash out. So, what do you do on a drookit fortnight in Glasgow when it’s too wet to go outside and play? Make summer dresses of course! We live in hope…and in the meantime we are good at layering!

This is the Hula Hoop dress by the wonderful Puperita, an Etsy shop that specialises in clothing patterns for babies and children and today is the day that the very talented lady behind Puperita, Annalisa, is being celebrated by a variety of maker/bloggers who want to collectively show their appreciation and admiration for her and her amazing work. The patterns range from the whimsical to the everyday but every one is crafted with practicality and comfort in mind so that children can do what children do – move! (Sounds obvious but not all clothes for children are comfortable for children!) Annalisa is always on hand with advice and encouragement through her Etsy shop and Facebook group which makes the Puperita experience unlike any other. When you can ask the designer a question about fabric choices, sizing or for help with construction and receive an answer quickly you know you are dealing with someone who really loves what they do…and it makes all the difference. And the Puperita community demonstrates how popular Annalisa and her patterns are – lots of people eager to share pictures of the clothes they have made and to complement and find inspiration in others’. Puperita is a very popular pattern brand and it’s easy to see why when you make up one of the patterns.

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For the Hula Hoop dress I used this beautiful cotton ladybird print that my mum picked up on a holiday in Brighton in Ditto Fabrics. It’s quite a hefty cotton but nevertheless I fully lined the dress in more white cotton because it’s never that warm here, even in summer. The dress will get much more wear this way. I used a fuchsia pink cotton for the piping and cute wee green heart buttons that I had in my stash. The dress is fairly sturdy with all that fabric but as it’s cotton it’s breathable and very comfortable. Wee Gal rolled around all day yesterday in it and it did not restrict her movement in the slightest. I think I’ll make many more beautiful dresses from this pattern.

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This is only the second pattern I have made up by Puperita. You can see the Mini Tulips pinafore dress here but I have cut out the fabric pieces for the Lil Critters pinafore so that will be appearing on the blog soon. Thank you Annalisa for making such wonderful patterns and please know that this is one Mum (and one Wee Gal) who loves and appreciates what you do!


To see who else has participated in this Puperita appreciation day follow these links and enjoy…


Emi ~ Just Add Fabric     Jaime ~ Made By Jaime

Janice ~ So-Cal Sewing Mom     Soso ~Moineau & Petit Pois     Ula ~ Lulu & Celeste

Nuala ~ clootie dumplings     Pam ~ Threading My Way     Maria ~ Fairies, Bubbles & Co.

Shelly ~ Sew Shelly Sew     Chari ~ Take time to smell the rose     Helen ~ The DIY Fox

Karly ~ Paisley Roots     Sanae ~ Sanae Ishida     Melissa ~ Rebel & Malice

Janet ~ 7 Pine Design     Jenya ~ While she was sleeping 



Easter Chick Dress

DSC_0501This is Wee Gal’s new Easter chick dress made with some uncharacteristic forward planning on my part. Okay, I’ll admit, this was entirely accidental, but, by a very happy accident Wee Gal has the perfect dress for the season ahead. My Mum bought the fabric in Brighton last summer for me to make something for the wee one. It’s a lovely Robert Kaufman cotton with a weirdly large bird and egg print that works well in children’s clothes. Who wants to wear boring solids, after all?!


I used the Mini Tulips dress by Puperita, a great pattern company that sells on Etsy. The dress is designed to be reversible which is great for practical parents who can’t abide lunchtime mess – when baby gets grubby you pull the dress inside out and no one will ever know!  I used unexciting beige polkadot fabric on the inside so I doubt I’ll ever willingly put it on inside out but, still, it’s nice to have the option should Wee Gal ever tip her lunch down her front. I love the details of the piping and the inverted pleat on the front on what is an otherwise simple and easy-to-make dress.

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I’ll be making more of these but in the meantime I’ll leave you with the song we were singing during our photo shoot…

Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken, lay a little egg for me

Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken, I want one for my tea

Oh, I haven’t had an egg since Easter, and now it’s half past three

So, chick, chick, chick, chicken, lay a little egg for me