Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.

I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Morning Robin

Day Fifteen of  my personal challenge to make 25 dresses and jumpers to fit my niece's Christmas elves.

The motif of today's matching pair of designs is something of a favourite of my husbands, he loves robins, especially at Christmas. The dress is another of Suzymarie's variations of the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' pattern and and I used her 'Seasonal Sweaters' pattern for the jumper.

The dress does not really gather in at the bottom, it just looks that way in these photographs because my manikin has a net skirt which cannot be removed and it has pushed out the upper parts of the dress - distorting the shape.

As you will know by now, the original pattern was designed to fit the 'Little Cotton Rabbits' series of soft toy but these are a little smaller than the Christmas elves I am making these clothes for, so I made these clothes in double knit instead of 4 ply.

The name of this design is 'Morning Robin'.   If you look closely you will see that I have added a little black bead for the eye of the robins.


PS Whilst I really love to read your comments, I will understand if you do not feel you have anything to say about yet another dress and jumper combo, perhaps you could just say hi to let me know that you stopped by.


  1. Oh my, oh my! This could be my favourite do far. That robin is the cutest and Rat is quite right about them being an essential part of Christmas! Definitely need this in my wardrobe xx

  2. I am so pleased you like this one, Suziemarie is a very talented designer. Sadly she has stopped sharing her charts, I still see lots of fabulous new designs on Pinterest but she has stopped putting the matching chart on Ravelry :( (I would happily pay for them).

    Dionne xxx


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