Almost twinning - still winning

When one has two adorable daughters to sew for it is only a question of time before they get matching outfits. However when one has a husband who is not overly enthusiastic about his children wearing matching clothes one might choose a softer approach to begin with and whip up almost matching outfits. Happy girlies, happy husband. Win-win.


The idea of making matching outfits was born while I was searching for fabric to make a top for my little girlie. I fell in love with Paperie - Library Gardens Art Gallery knit while I was checking out Ministry of fabric. I knew it would look stunning on both girlies. I issued a matching outfits warning to my husband and purchased fabric.


I took the girlies to a park for a play and snapped a few photos of them walking together checking out flowers. Miss R is a dream big sister. She is exceptionally kind, loving and patient. She likes to keep an eye on Miss L and makes sure her little sister is comfortable and happy. Miss L is a typical baby of the family. She is the most adorable daredevil. She is fearlessly exploring the world around her. She is also full of toddler grace :P


I made the Uptown/Downtown dress by Sew Straight and Gather for Miss R. I made her one last year and she practically lived in it! I was keen to see what an updated version would look like, and guys, I am in love!



The updated neckline sits much nicer. The instructions were also updated and Terri now offers a burrito method to sew the bodice of the sleeveless version of the dress, which I personally prefer.



This is the second Uptown/Downtown dress I made for Miss R this summer. I don't usually use the same pattern twice in one season, but this dress is so easy to make and Miss R loves it so much I felt I practically had to! I managed to convince her to take a few pics of the first dress, so it might appear on the blog later on.


Here is Miss R being a big sister warning Miss L it might be dangerous for her to climb big rocks :)


 Somehow Miss R manages to look like a lady even while climbing trees or shopping at Bunnings :)


Or selling pretend ice cream to her little sister :)


Miss L got a new Lila dress* by Compagnie M and Lily & Woody.


I have used this pattern a few times already, please visit previous blog posts here (dress and tunic), here (tunic again), here (jumpsuit) and here (jumpsuits for cooler weather). I have made a reversible woven version during testing as well. This Lila is number eight! Enough said?


For this dress I combined gorgeous floral knit with Art Gallery Strawberry Kiss. Bodices of both dresses lined with Art Gallery Crystal pink, also from Ministry of fabric.



So now I have eased my husband into the matching clothes scene I may have to make truly matching outfits for the girlies! Sorry sweetest husband, I am not even sorry!

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  1. Such pretty dresses! My girls are over matching, sadly, but it was nice while it lasted. Good idea to ease your husband into it.

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    1. Thank you Masha. I don't think my window of opportunity for making matching outfits is very big. BUt I actually really like this semi-matching thing!

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  2. My husband doesn't like twinning outfits either. Or actually, he doesn't mind them having matching outfits as long as they don't wear it on the same day... My girls and I do like twinning, so matching outfits do find their way to their wardrobes. Usually, they like the same fabrics so I usually end up making one child a skirt out of the leftovers of the other childs'dresses.

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    1. Wearing matching outfits on different days sounds like a good solution as well :)

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  3. Both of these dresses are absolutely gorgeous on your little ladies <3 I think this is the perfect way to ease your husband into twinning ;) Mine isn't so big on twinning either, but I think I have convinced him that it's now or never. I love the way the Uptown/Downtown dress looks. I'm thinking of finally making one for my big girl now!

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    1. OH yes Emi, sew the dress! I am sure your daughter will love it. And yes, twinning is only a very short lives stage, so why not!

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  4. What sweet girls. Sisterhood is really wonderful and you have such a sweet pair there. I'm sure after seeing your daughters delight in their dresses your husband will change his tune. :)

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    1. Thank you Jodi :) I am counting on this effect ;)

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  5. Aw, I love it! Both of the dresses are awesome. I have to tell you, I prefer the not totally matchy-matchy look. It's not nearly as fun to sew the exact same dress twice. I personally enjoy switching it up a bit. So, similar but slightly different works for me! But don't tell your husband. ;) Hugs from Texas!

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    1. Thank you Rachel :) I am really liking the matching but not really matching look. There are not many patterns I can use for both girls at this stage, but sewing different patterns in same fabrics sounds fun :) Less headache re-threading my overlocker hehe

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