There are many beautiful countries I have visited and there are many countries that I would like to see but no place in the world can ever win the same meaning that Sweden has for me. I have experienced the most wonderful moments of my childhood in Sweden: At dawn I caught crabs on the lake (Well, I was sitting in a rowboat, while an adult pulled in the crab baskets), I went canoeing, camped in the forest, bathed in lakes, I have seen moose in the twilight and learned to ski. As a teenager I got drunk the first time at the campfire and at night I secretly smoked behind the hay shed.
All those moments I would not have experienced without the books of Astrid Lindgren, who enchanted whole nations at a time, when the world consisted only of rubble, ruins and pain, shortly after the war. Like so many other Germans my parents fell in love with the beauty and the peaceful tranquility of Sweden and I grew up with a second home.
Even today, Astrid Lindgren is one of the most read children’s book authors in the world and Pippi Longstocking is still Germany’s most popular redhead. For the daughter of a friend I have therefore sewed Pippi’s apron dress from the movies and for those of you who also know a little Pippi-admirer, I have put together a sewing tutorial.
I found the pattern for Pippi’s dress HERE. The measurements are in Cm but you can use THIS inch-converter if you like and just copy the general shape. The striped fabric has not really the right colors but I just hope that the recipient does not turn out to be overly critical. The size of the dress is one size. It fits children like a dress and adults like a T-shirt.
First, I have folded my striped fabric and then laid the pattern on the folded line. I traced the outline of the dress with chalk and cut the fabric.
This now needs to be repeated a second time for the inside of the dress.
I cut two pockets out of the plaid fabric and next sewn these in a slightly unorthodox way on the front of the dress.
Here, I first folded the top of the pockets and sewed them and then I also folded the bottom of the pockets and sewed them to the dress.
Since Pippi is wearing patched clothes, I have now folded in the sides of the pockets and stitched them with a zig-zag stitch on the dress, so the whole dress looks a bit more homemade.
The dress itself is sewn quickly. The two sides of the dress are sewn together right on right, but you should not forget an opening for turning the dress.
After the dress has been turned, the last opening can now be closed.
Instead of the normal buttons I used snaps for the dress, because they are simply more practical for children and last longer.
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