Summer Yo-Yo Frock

This is my latest creation for Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial.  I must say, this is one with which I am almost completely satisfied.  That rarely happens!


Isn’t that back cute?

I do regret not noticing  that Farmhouse Fabrics has gingham buttons.  I would like to have used those instead of the MOP pink ones as shown. But then again, maybe not.  I’d have to have them on hand to compare.

These are the bloomers.

The little garment, size 24 months, was inspired by Kari Mecca’s Yo-Yo and Buttonholes Bubble pattern which appeared on the cover of Sew Beautiful magazine summer, 2009.

I fell in love with this Kwik Sew pattern as soon as I saw it.

I could just imagine it sewn up in the sweet pastel stripe from Farmhouse Fabrics with gingham check yo-yo’s.  I have some special bumblebee fabric I have been saving for little granddaughter Beatrice, who is called Bea.  My hope is to remake this for her before summer is over.

At Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial, all the details, instructions and tips are included.  Also, you will find there downloads for the front design with rick rack vine, yo-yo’s and rick rack flowers ,  two sizes of in the hoop yo-yo’s (well, it still requires just a bit of easy handwork) as well as templates for yo-yo’s made on the sewing machine.

So please take a look.  If you like what you see, I’d appreciate a comment left at the end of the Brother post.  Comments are moderated so it may be a day or more before they are posted.

I would love to know what you think of the summer yo-yo frock and what you are sewing now.  Hearing from you makes my day!

Happy sewing!


4 responses to “Summer Yo-Yo Frock

  1. Betty Ludwig

    I love this sweet outfit you have made! It’s beautiful and I like how you have used rick rack and the yo-yo’s to embellish it.

  2. Thanks, Betty. I loved making those yo-yo and rickrack embellishments. My favorite was the tiny ladybug button. Just a cute little touch.

  3. This little outfit is adorable, Janice! A picture of it appeared in my email today from Stitching Sewcial, and it reminded me of pastel stripe seersucker dresses I made for my girls such a long time ago! I purchased a book with Kari Mecca’s embellishments a few years ago and tried the rickrack flowers, but when combined with the yoyo’s – you knocked it out of the park, as usual.

  4. Nancy, you are too kind. I love yo-yo’s anyplace they will work. With the rick rack flowers and the green rick rack vine, I think it’s pretty cute. The tiny ladybug button topped it off. The pastel stripe seersucker dresses you made must have been darling. Don’t you love Kari Mecca’s books! She had such a touch for whimsical designs. Thanks for your comment.

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